Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

  • Global Commons

    Japan boosts surveillance capabilities in response to North Korea’s spy satellite launch

    Marc Jacob Prosser North Korea’s recent deployment of a spy satellite has stirred geopolitical tensions and raised security concerns for Japan and its partners, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida describing the launch “as a clear violation of the relevant United Nations resolutions.” In the wake of Pyongyang’s launch, Japan sent a surveillance satellite into orbit in mid-January 2024. Tokyo…

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  • Northeast Asia

    U.S. urges discussions with PRC on nuclear risk reduction

    Reuters The United States does not expect formal nuclear arms-control negotiations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to start soon, but it wants discussions to begin on practical risk-reduction measures, a senior U.S. official said. Pranay Vaddi, the National Security Council’s senior director for arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation, told a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that it was important…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Allies’ enhanced deterrence strategy addresses North Korea’s growing nuclear threats

    Felix Kim South Korea and the United States are strengthening joint deterrence capabilities in the face of North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats to the security of the Korean Peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region. Bilateral initiatives include revising the longtime allies’ Tailored Deterrence Strategy (TDS), bolstering joint contingency operations, such as a potential U.S. nuclear response, and enhancing South…

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  • Northeast Asia

    North Korea-Russia arms transfers threaten global security

    FORUM Staff More than 40 nations have condemned North Korea’s export and Russia’s procurement of ballistic missiles for Moscow’s unprovoked war on Ukraine. North Korea provided Russia with several dozen such missiles and missile launchers, violating United Nations resolutions that ban arms exports from Pyongyang and undermining global nonproliferation efforts, United States officials said in January 2024. Missiles that Russia…

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  • Global Commons

    South Korea bolsters defense satellite capabilities, deterrence against North

    Felix Kim South Korea is enhancing its military communications capabilities and monitoring of the North Korean regime’s nefarious activities with a recent agreement to enable the use of low Earth orbit (LEO) civilian communications satellites for military purposes and the launch of Seoul’s first domestically developed surveillance satellite. The new capabilities, which included assistance from the United States, promise to…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    North Korea-Russia arms deal destabilizes region, undercuts nonproliferation efforts

    FORUM Staff North Korean and Russian actions are undermining multinational nonproliferation efforts in the Indo-Pacific. Enhanced cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang will offer North Korea’s authoritarian regime access to intelligence, analysis and sensitive technology to accelerate its banned ballistic and nuclear weapons programs, Sue Mi Terry, a Korea expert and former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, said in an episode of…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Experts: PRC, Russia uphold North Korea’s human rights violations

    FORUM Staff Japan, South Korea and the United States are aligned on improving human rights in North Korea, experts say. Meanwhile, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia are exacerbating conditions for a beleaguered North Korean population. “China and Russia are really helping to facilitate a worsening of the North Korean human rights situation,” Victor Cha, an Asia expert…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Maverick states challenge nuclear weapons verification standards

    FORUM Staff Disregard of a United Nations agreement that discourages the spread of nuclear weapons and related technology jeopardizes worldwide security, experts say. Some Indo-Pacific regimes directly violate the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or diminish its confidence-building measures. The agreement, which entered into force in 1970 and is commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is the…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Indo-Pacific partners prepare for bioweapons threats

    Felix Kim Indo-Pacific Allies and Partners remain alert to the threat of biological and chemical weapons, with a recent report citing North Korea and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as well as Iran and Russia, as countries of concern. In response, like-minded nations are reinforcing military preparedness to protect civilians in the event of an attack from state or…

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  • Northeast Asia

    South Korea, U.S. sharpen deterrence plans over North Korean nuclear threat

    The Associated Press South Korea and the United States in mid-November 2023 updated a bilateral security agreement to more effectively counter North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile threats. The move followed high-level talks in Seoul, South Korea, where the allies also discussed enhancing trilateral defense exercises with Japan and improving information-sharing on North Korean missile launches. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was…

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