• No timeline set for US withdrawal from INF Treaty

    US leaders are in talks with major allies and partner nations about how to proceed if the US withdraws from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), according to the US State Department’s Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson. However, a

  • North Korea making good on threat to return to nuclear weapons development will increase interstate war risk

    Event On 7 November, the US Department of State announced that the talks scheduled for 7–8 November between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Vice-President of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party (KWP) Central Committee Kim Yong-chol had been postponed. This followed

  • India declares its nuclear triad complete

    India announced on 5 November that it has completed its retaliatory nuclear deterrence triad consisting of land-based, aerial, and now maritime platforms capable of delivering nuclear weapons. The announcement was made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the return of INS Arihant , the

  • US Forces Japan sets up new missile defence command

    United States Forces Japan (USFJ) has established a new command for the US Army’s ballistic missile defence unit in the Tokyo metropolitan region, a Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesperson told Jane’s on 30 October. He also pointed out that the new command, which began operations

  • Update: EU, Russia urge US not to withdraw from INF treaty

    The European Union and Russia have called on the United States to stay in the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement. The European External Action Service released a statement by the spokesperson for High Representative, Federica Mogherini, responsible for EU foreign and security

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