Posts Tagged ‘nuclear test’

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Daily International News 12.16.10

December 16, 2010

Daily International News
December 16, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Bill Richardson arrives in Pyongyang
[AP]
N. Korea says it supports dialogue but will never “beg” for it
[Yonhap]
South Korea moves to boost ties with China in wake of North Korea attacks
[CSM]
N.Korea’s Nuke Tech ‘Much More Advanced’ Than Iran’s
[Chosun]
North Korea digging tunnel for spring nuclear test – report
[Reuters]
S. Korea to stage live-fire drill on border island shelled by N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Strategist tapped for top ROK Army post
[JoongAng]
U.S. missile-defense test fails over Pacific
[Reuters]
China
Wen brings finance to cement India ties
[FT]
China tunnel links last isolated Tibetan county to highway
[AP]
27 fishermen missing after boat capsizes off China
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
PM defends Australia’s border policies
[CNN]
WikiLeaks: Singapore Lee says Myanmar ‘stupid’
[AP]
Malaysia MPs suspend Anwar Ibrahim over Israel comment
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Obama to speak on Afghan review, visit tribal chiefs
[WaPo]
Overview of the AfPak Review
[NYT]
July troop withdrawal on track, review of Afghan war strategy indicates
[WaPo]
Pakistani officials say US missiles kill 7 in NW
[AP]

Middle East
Arabs reject Middle East peace talks without US plan
[BBC]
Palestinian Authority cracks down on mosques to promote moderate Islam
[WaPo]
U.N. Security Council votes to end several Hussein-era sanctions against Iraq
[WaPo]
Israel can’t defeat Hezbollah – Israeli expert
[Reuters]
Iran arrests eight behind suicide blasts – report
[Reuters]

Africa
Côte d’Ivoire: Ouattara Urges Supporters to Take Charge of State TV And Top Office
[All Africa]
Ivory Coast: Ouattara’s party says 18 dead
[AP]
ICC names Kenya violence suspects
[Al Jazeera]
Senegal recalls Tehran ambassador over arms shipment
[BBC]
Mugabe’s wife sues paper over Wikileaks story: report
[AFP]
Nigeria oil delta raids kill 14
[AFP]

Europe/UK
High court grants bail to Julian Assange
[Guardian]
UK’s Ed Miliband rebukes ex-DefMin over ‘legalise drugs’ call
[Guardian]
Sweden: Bomber may not have acted alone
[AP]
Fears of Extremism Widen to Scandinavia
[WSJ]
Court backs tourist ban for Dutch cannabis coffee shops
[BBC]
New Turkish military coup trial begins for 200
[AP]
Russian ethnic riots: Hundreds arrested in Moscow
[BBC]
Kosovo PM seeks to sue European investigator
[AP]
Court: Irish abortion ban violates women’s rights
[AP]
Discord remains as EU leaders prepare to tackle eurozone stability
[Deutsche Welle]

Americas
Gulf of Mexico leak: BP shares hit over legal move
[BBC]
Wikileaks on Cuba: Fidel Castro ‘nearly died’
[BBC]

Domestic
Congress
House votes again to end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
[WaPo]
Senate agrees to open talks on new arms treaty with Russia
[WaPo]
Congress is on the brink of major action – or not
[LAT]
State Department
U.S. Tries to Build Case for Conspiracy by WikiLeaks
[NYT]
Hillary Clinton’s vision for foreign policy on a tight budget
[CSM]
White House
U.S. Rethinks Strategy for the Unthinkable
[NYT]
Presidential commission urges caution on ‘synthetic biology’
[WaPo]
Other
Liberal media watchdog: Fox News e-mail shows network’s slant on climate change
[WaPo]
Florida judge to rule on health-care challenge by states
[WaPo]
Stuxnet ‘virus’ could be altered to attack US facilities, report warns
[CSM]
Artist asks to withdraw work from ‘Hide/Seek’ exhibit to protest video removal
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 07.29.10

July 29, 2010

Daily International News
July 29, 2010

Northeast Asia
North Korea to hold more talks with US
[AAP]
US watching for NKorea nuclear test
[Wash Times]
North Korea minister visits Burma amid nuclear fears
[BBC]
SKorean PM Chung resigns, hastening Lee’s cabinet reshuffle
[JoongAng Ilbo]
Japanese tanker probe eyes possible Persian Gulf collision
[AP]
Tiananmen dissident to seek re-entry to China
[Reuters]
Official: Water safe after chemical spill in China
[AP]

Central/SE Asia
Emergency ruled ended in six more Thailand provinces
[BBC]
U.S. Military Scrutinizes Leaks for Risks to Afghans
[NYT] and Military Probe Again Targets Manning [WSJ]
Local strongman is U.S. troops’ most reliable friend in Kandahar province
[WaPo]
2nd US Navy sailor’s body recovered in Afghanistan
[AP]
David Cameron defends ‘frank’ comments about Pakistan
[BBC]
Monsoon flooding kill 60, strand more in Pakistan
[AP]

Middle East
Arab League backs Palestinians on restarting talks
[AP]
Clinton “burning up phone lines” to Middle East
[Politico]
Militants kill 17 security forces across Iraq
[AP]
US seeking fuel-swap meeting with Iran
[J-Post]
Lawyer in Iran stoning case ‘missing’
[BBC]

Africa
AU Rejects Change to Somalia Mandate
[All Africa]
China and Rio Tinto complete Guinea mining deal
[BBC]
South African unions threaten to strike ‘in seven days’
[BBC]
DR Congo boat sinking ‘kills 140’
[BBC]

UK/Europe
Cameron ‘unsure of government’s form’ as he met Queen
[BBC]
UK fixed retirement age to be axed
[BBC]
Koh-i-Noor diamond ‘staying put’ in UK says Cameron
[BBC]
Russia grants more powers to KGB successor agency
[AP]
Greek police clash with hauliers amid crippling strike
[BBC]
Gruesome charges detailed against suspected Nazi
[AP]

Americas
Fidel Castro to Publish Book Account of His Revolutionary Youth
[Bloomberg]
Unasur set to address Venezuela’s rift with Colombia
[BBC]
Four Journalists Kidnapped in Mexico
[WSJ]
Guatemala tries Mexican massacre suspects
[BBC]

Domestic
Arizona Will Appeal Ruling on Immigration Law, Governor Says
[Bloomberg]
Majority of spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico unaccounted for in government data
[WaPo]
Obama, on ‘The View,’ Discusses the ‘Roses’ and ‘Thorns’ of the Presidency
[ABC]
Fallen Soldiers’ Families Denied Cash Payout as Insurers Profit
[Bloomberg]
Details of 100m Facebook users collected and published
[BBC]
Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling
[NYT]
Obama Speaks to Civil Rights Group on Education
[NYT]

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Daily International News 04.20.10

April 20, 2010

Daily International News
April 20, 2010

East/Southeast Asia
North Korea readying for third nuclear test: report
[Reuters]
Nuclear talks not possible if Pyongyang linked to sinking of S. Korean ship
[Yonhap]

U.S. to Pursue Effort on China Currency, Levin Says
[BusinessWeek]
Army deploys against Thailand’s ‘red shirt’ protesters
[CSM]

Central/South Asia
Ousted Kyrgyz leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev ‘in Belarus’
[BBC]

Kyrgyz interim leaders struggle to quell unrest
[Reuters]
Afghan deputy mayor slain as he prays in mosque
[AP]

Pakistan: President Gives Up Expanded Powers
[NYT]

Middle East
High-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed
[AP]
US summons Syrian envoy over Hezbollah
[BBC]

Turkey offers to act as Iran intermediary
[AFP]
Azerbaijan puts off joint military drills with US
[AP]

Africa
East Sudan parties concede defeat, cry fraud
[Reuters]
MPs in Djibouti scrap term limits
[BBC]
Somali pirates seize 3 Thai ships with 77 crew
[AP]

Europe
New volcanic ash cloud threatens to close British airspace again
[Guardian]
UK regulator launches Goldman probe
[FT]

Americas
Cuba’s Catholic cardinal says country in crisis
[AP]
Chavez hosts Latin American allies for summit
[AP]

Domestic
Goldman Sachs taps ex-White House counsel
[Politico]
Obama Reverses Bush Sex-Discrimination Policy in School Sports
[Bloomberg]

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POST: What to Expect from Stephen Bosworth’s Trip to the DPRK

December 8, 2009

This week, Stephen W. Bosworth goes to Pyongyang. As the highest US administration official to visit the once termed “hermit state” since Assistant Secretary Chris Hill visited  in October 2008, media speculation is running rampant. But what seems to be consistent in the calculated guesswork not only of the fourth estate as well as former administration officials, academics, and other North Korea watchers, are low expectations. “An immediate return to Six-Party Talks, complete denuclearization, and the singing of the angels” – this is not going to be the tag line of any forthcoming story on US-DPRK negotiations for some time. But, then, why is he going?

Although the tone of some in the international community and many pundits has been somber, agreement is also pervasive that when the North accepts an offer to meet and extends a formal invitation, one doesn’t put it at the bottom of the Holiday Party invite pile and move on. One accepts. For lack of a better option, we have to accept. This is due purely to the fact that no movement by either side during a meeting still allows both sides to shake hands, take some pictures, and appear to be moving towards some common goal. It’s likely to be mostly lip-service – but that’s okay, and here’s why.

This morning, in a briefing given to press at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, former Bush Administration Special Envoy to North Korea Jack Pritchard laid out the impressions he and colleagues received in a recent trip to the DPRK. Other than the insight into North Korean daily life that we all enjoy and, dare I say it, crave, he also bluntly stated that he doesn’t expect a breakthrough during Ambassador Bosworth’s trip. The North, he stated, are reverting to their 2005 LWR (light water reactor) stalling tactic, this time citing the preemptive need for a US-DPRK peace treaty before returning to the Six-Party process. The headlines are almost identical – “US will only discuss LWR after NKorea rejoins nuclear treaty” from Sept. 19, 2005 mirrors “South Korea Wednesday questioned North Korea’s calls for a peace treaty with the United States, declaring its real aim is to buy time to make more nuclear weapons” from this morning.

These lackluster expectations are echoed by many previously involved in North Korea negotiations, including Georgetown Professor (woot!) and former Director for Asian Affairs at the NSC Victor Cha. In a interview with Politics-Pwn3d he stated that this trip is  “not likely to lead to any major breakthrough, but what it will be effective at doing is moving the Chinese” because only then will the US be able to go to them, after a failure to bring them back to talks and say, “All right, we did it.  Now, help us get ‘em back to the Six Party Talks.” In a nutshell, his trip is “a good way of demonstrating U.S. leadership, U.S. initiative, U.S. political commitment, to the talks and the negotiations, but it’s also a good way of getting the Chinese to work a little harder.”

This is an old tactic and the administration knows it. In the daily briefing to press at the State Department this afternoon, Asst. Sec. PJ Crowley stated that “we have a fairly good understanding of how North Korea operates in these kinds of settings. It’s unlikely their response will be, ‘yeah, we’ll meet you a week from Tuesday.'” He also acknowledged that the administration would not be surprised if superfluous issues came up during the Bosworth talks, but continued to state that these issues would and could be dealt with at a later date.

So what now? Well, due to North Korean being “the dark side of the moon” as Mr. Crowley characterized today, contact with Bosworth will be extremely limited until Thursday, when he is (planned to) fly back to Seoul via Beijing where he will address awaiting press. Most envision future consultations and much stalemating by the North before any decisions are made on the future of the Six-Party process and, hand-in-hand, US-DPRK relations. But this is okay. Both sides are sitting down at the table and after the disastrous Hill visits of the ‘noughties’ and the North’s nuclear test this year, not much can be worse.

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