• US military begins moving THAAD components to South Korean deployment site

    The United States military began moving key components of a battery of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a deployment site in South Korea amid protests from residents and criticism from China. Local media reports showed images of a M1088-series Family of Medium Tactical

  • OPCW confirms sarin used in Syrian attack

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that a sarin or a sarin-like nerve agent was used in the attack that killed and injured hundreds of people in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April, but Russia continues to defend its Syrian allies. The OPCW made

  • Failed North Korean missile launch indicative of rising interstate war risks on Korean peninsula

    EVENT On 15 April, the North Korean government held a military parade featuring a large number of missile weapons systems to celebrate the 105th anniversary of founder Kim Il-sung's birth. One of the main features of this year's parade was the unprecedented range of new missile types on display,

  • US mulls relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism

    US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said his country is considering relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in a bid to pressure Pyongyang to re-engage with Washington and ultimately give up its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes. Asked by reporters about the issue on

  • NRL seeks more capability for CT-Analyst

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is looking to add more features to its CT-Analyst real-time 3-D model that tracks how hazardous airborne plumes might disperse in an urban setting. Features could include adding more data about the character of a chemical, biological, or radiological release.

  • US DoD begins nuclear review with eye on Russia

    The Pentagon has begun its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) as a host of modernisation programmes are all set to soon begin, and questions about Russian missiles and doctrine loom. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 17 April "directed the commencement of the

  • Imagery shows North Korean nuclear test facility is 'primed and ready', says 38 North

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery suggests that North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility is "primed and ready" to carry out the country's sixth overall nuclear test, according to a report published by the 38 North website. Taken on 12 April the images show "continued

  • Trump looking for options to 'remove North Korean threat'

    US president Donald Trump has asked his officials to provide him with options to deal with the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea following a meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, held in Florida on 6-7 April. Speaking to Fox News, Trump's national security adviser,

  • Latest North Korean missile launch likely a failure, say reports

    North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on 5 April likely ended in failure after travelling only a fraction of its range, several media outlets quoted US officials as saying that same day. The unnamed officials also said that the missile, which flew approximately 60 km before falling into the

  • US punishes Syria for apparent sarin attack

    Syria effectively confirmed that it has retained a nerve agent capability even though it has signed the Convention on Chemical Weapons (CW) when it carried out an attack that killed and injured hundreds of civilians on 4 April, but the United States has sent a clear signal that any further use will

  • South Korea successfully tests 800 km-range ballistic missile, says report

    South Korea has successfully test-launched a new 800 km-range ballistic missile that can reach anywhere in North Korea, Yonhap news agency quoted defence sources as saying on 6 April. "There was a test-firing recently of a Hyunmoo-type [also spelled Hyunmu or Hyon Mu] ballistic missile with a

  • Syrian government's chemical weapons use has enough Russian shielding and US acquiescence to make further use likely

    EVENT On 4 April 2017, Syrian opposition channels carried videos and images of civilians in Khan Sheikhun suffering symptoms consistent with poisoning by nerve agents. More than 50 people were reported killed. With the exception of an isolated incident in 2014, IHS Markit has not recorded any use

  • North Korea's 'reckless' actions 'got to be stopped', says Mattis

    North Korea is moving in a "very reckless manner" with regard to its nuclear and missile programmes, US secretary of defence Jim Mattis said on 31 March during a visit to the United Kingdom. "This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability, and we will be working with the

  • EUCOM worried by Russia's non-strategic nuclear weapons

    US European Command's (EUCOM's) biggest concern regarding Russia is its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and its "troubling doctrine" of using those weapons to try de-escalating conflict. General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the EUCOM, told Congress on 28 March what alarms him most is

  • Signs detected of possible North Korean preparations for nuclear test

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility suggests that Pyongyang may be preparing to carry out the country's sixth overall nuclear test. Taken on 24 March the images indicate the presence of possibly four or five vehicles or trailers at the entrance

  • UNSC condemns North Korean missile launch, engine test

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned North Korea's most recent missile launch and rocket engine test. "The launch and engine test are in grave violation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's [North Korea's official name] international obligations under United

  • China to boycott UN summit on nuclear-weapon ban

    China has said that it will not participate in a UN conference aimed at negotiating a ban on nuclear weapons. "After careful consideration, China has decided not to participate in the new round of negotiations," said Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Hua Chunying on

  • US nuclear review to provide options for Russia's INF Treaty compliance

    Key Points The US NPR will seek 'leverage points' with Russia US officials have accused Russia of violating the 1987 INF Treaty The Pentagon's ongoing Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) will consider how to address Russia's reported violation of deal barring intermediate-range weapons, among wider US

  • North Korea says missile launches practised hitting US bases in Japan

    North Korea's launch of four short-range ballistic missiles on 6 March was part of an exercise to strike US military bases in Japan, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, a daily of the Workers' Party of Korea, has reported. The country's leader, Kim Jong-un, supervised the drill, which was conducted by the

  • North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

    North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on 6 March that landed within or close to Japan's exclusive economic zone in what appears to be a reaction to joint US-South Korean military drills on the Korean Peninsula. The yet unidentified missiles were fired almost simultaneously around 0734 h

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