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North Korea discusses new policies for increasing 'nuclear war deterrence' – KCNA

May 24, 2020 - 9:15 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discusses with the Central Military Commission 'crucial measures... for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability' of the military

IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP  IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP

In Hiroshima, Pope Francis assails 'crime' of nuclear weapons

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'A true peace can only be an unarmed peace,' says the pontiff

POPE IN HIROSHIMA. Pope Francis speaks by the cenotaph in memory of those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing during an event held at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on November 24, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Japan to preach anti-nuclear message

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:29 PM

In a video message before his visit, Pope Francis says he prays 'that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history'

Japan urged to sign United Nations nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Hiroshima's mayor urges Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city marks 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack

MEMORIAL. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since previous year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 74th anniversary of memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

IAEA to hold special meeting on Iran

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Tehran breaches the limit of 300kg for stockpiles or enriched uranium

Abbas Araghchi (C-R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (C-L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

Iran: Exiting nuclear pact one of 'many options' after U.S. sanctions

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The country's officials are deliberating different options and measures, including pulling out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, says Iran's foreign minister

IRAN FM. In this file photo, Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari attends a meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

(OPINION) What Nagasaki taught me: Nuclear weapons must be banned

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have long called for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

Trump looks forward to new meeting with North Korea's Kim

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Kim Jong Un earlier says that North Korea could take a different approach to nuclear talks if US economic sanctions remain in place

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

North Korea urges Trump to be 'bold' on denuclearization

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The country's state media also urges US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to 'brush aside' speculation from opponents over the North's intentions

HISTORIC. US President Donald Trump speaks at a signing ceremony with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (not pictured) during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Trump hails the summit in Singapore with Kim, in which the the North Korean leader agreed to work towards denuclearizing his country, although their agreement did not say how this would be done

TRUMP'S BACK. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on June 13, 2018, as he returns from the US-North Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Abe: 'Imperative' to dismantle North Korea weapons

May 29, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The pair discuss 'recent developments in North Korea' and confirm 'they would meet again to continue close coordination in advance of the expected meeting between the United States and North Korea'

North Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons – top defector

May 14, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'In the end, North Korea will remain 'a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state',' top defector Thae Yong-ho says

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-Ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

May 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) Reporters from different countries would be allowed to 'conduct on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground,' says the foreign ministry

Kim offers to close nuclear test site in May, invite U.S. experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The remarks are likely to be seen as a sweetener ahead of US President Donald Trump's own planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

SUMMIT. In this file photo, people watch a television news report showing pictures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul. AFP file photo

North Korea 'prepared' to 'help us achieve' denuclearization – Pompeo

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:04 AM

The US Secretary of State says he and North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'had an extensive conversation' during their secret meeting in Pyongyang

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(2nd UPDATE) World powers hail the announcement, but analysts caution that the declaration was promising but limited

KIM JONG UN. The North Korean leader says they will no longer carry out nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests. File photo shows Kim attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

Clinton warns of 'diplomatic danger' in North Korea talks

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:02 PM

'If you want to talk to Kim Jong Un about his nuclear weapons, you need experienced diplomats,' says Hillary Clinton

MEETING. South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has offered to meet US President Donald Trump. AFP file photos

Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up nuclear weapons

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:56 PM

Iran's armed forces spokesman says US criticism of Iran's missile program was driven by 'their failures and defeats in the region'

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Moscow denounces 'anti-Russian' U.S. nuclear policy

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The United States has plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal, largely in response to Russian actions in recent years

KREMLIN. A general view photo taken on July 31, 2017 shows the Kremlin, the History Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) On a range of issues, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono comes away with little more than vague promises

MEETING WITH CHINA. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on January 28, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

Nuclear concerns push 'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:50 PM

The last time the clock was at two minutes to midnight was in 1953 when the United States and Soviet Union were testing hydrogen bombs

DOOMSDAY CLOCK. Members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists deliver remarks on the 2017 time for the "Doomsday Clock" in January 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., allies meet to find diplomatic way out of North Korea crisis

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The two-day Vancouver meeting hosted by Canada and the United States comes amid signs of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Pope voices nuclear war concerns as he begins Latin America trip

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:08 AM

'I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to precipitate things.'

HAPPY IN CHILE. Pope Francis smiles at the faithful from the Popemobile in Santiago, on January 15, 2018. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

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Jan 03, 2018 - 7:32 PM

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Trump to Kim: My nuke button 'bigger,' as talks dismissed

Jan 03, 2018 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump's message came after Kim Jong-Un used his annual New Year address to warn he has a 'nuclear button' on his table

This file photo taken on December 18, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on his national security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. urges talks as North Korea brags of nuclear arsenal

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:07 AM

(UPDATED) But even as Washington stresses the importance of a negotiated end to the standoff, Kim Jong-un vows to make his nation 'the strongest nuclear power and military power in the world'

LET'S TALK. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a forum on US-South Korea relations at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC on December 12, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Kim vows to make North Korea 'strongest nuclear power'

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:20 AM

His comments come as global powers scramble for a response to the crisis, with the US backing stringent economic and diplomatic sanctions on Kim Jong-Un's regime to halt its nuclear drive

DEAR LEADER. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 4, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech at the 3rd Meeting of KPA Activists in O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment Title Movement at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang. KCNA/AFP

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war 'a tantrum away'

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:25 AM

'A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment, or bruised ego could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities,' says Beatrice Fihn, head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Beatrice Fihn, leader of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), gives an acceptance speech during the award ceremony of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the city hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2017. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as its representatives warn of "an urgent threat" over US-North Korea tensions. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

China voices 'grave concern' over North Korea missile test, urges talks

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says Beijing's proposal for North Korea to freeze weapons tests in return for the US to suspend military drills in the region is the best approach to ease tensions

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Pyongyang residents watch a big screen near the Pyongyang Railway Station showing the news on the successful launch of the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-15 in Pyongyang on November 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

North Korea claims nuclear statehood with U.S. in missile strike range

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:37 AM

(UPDATED) The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snaps a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump

IN THE NEWS. A man walks past a television screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on November 29, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Senate panel debates U.S. president's nuclear authority

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The debate comes as tensions rise between an unpredictable Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un

PRESS HUDDLE. US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One while departing Manila on November 14, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

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North Korea nuclear weapon use would meet 'massive military response' – Mattis

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:05 PM

'Make no mistake – any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated,' says US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

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Oct 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

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Trump warns TV networks after nuke report

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Trump makes the implied threat after taking to Twitter to angrily deny reports that he had asked to dramatically increase in America's nuclear stockpile, calling it 'made up'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event honoring the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, The Pittsburgh Penguins, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2017. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Anti-nuclear campaign ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 06, 2017 - 5:52 PM

(UPDATED) Founded in Vienna in 2007, ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) comprises more than 400 NGOs and has mobilized supporters and celebrities alike in its cause.

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Oct 02, 2017 - 12:35 PM

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Philippines signs treaty banning nuclear weapons

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:31 AM

'The world will only be safe if we eliminate all weapons of mass destruction,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who signed on behalf of the Philippines

WEAPONS TREATY. The Philippines represented by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano signs the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. Malacañang photo

51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:58 PM

The treaty is adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand

TREATY-SIGNING. Members attend the signing ceremony for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons September 20, 2017 at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

NATO condemns UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:36 PM

NATO says the treaty 'disregards the realities of the increasingly challenging international security environment' in the face of growing threats, particularly from Pyongyang, which recently carried out its sixth nuclear test

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urges all parties to seek a 'peaceful resolution' to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS / AFP

North Korea vows to boost weapons program after sanctions

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country s sovereignty and right to existence

HAPPY DAYS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP