Why a peace treaty, not just denuclearization, should be the goal for the Korean peninsula

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Despite all eyes on the showing of unity between the Koreas at the Pyeongchang Games this month, North Korea’s nuclear program remains the elephant in the Olympic-sized room.   And here’s the uncomfortable truth: it is unlikely that the international community’s current approach to the crisis with North Korea — further sanctions coupled with sabre rattling — will turn back the …

We Need To Ban Nuclear Weapons (In Spite Of Canada)

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Make no mistake: neither North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test nor the recent high-stakes stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program are the root of nuclear insecurity. They are but symptoms of a nuclear disarmament regime in a severe state of disrepair. While every other category of weapons of mass destruction has been specifically prohibited under international law, nuclear weapons — by …

Ploughshares in the news: January 2016

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January 18, 2016 January 4 The Globe and Mail: Ottawa going ahead with Saudi arms deal despite condemning executions (quotes Cesar) By Steven Chase January 5 The Globe and Mail: Critics push Ottawa to explain justification for Saudi arms deal (quotes Ken) By Steven Chase Common Dreams.org (progressive news hub): Canada Condemns Saudi Executions, But Arms Sales Speak Louder Than Words (quotes “Ploughshares”) …

Canada’s Disarmament Conference Boycott is Ill-Advised

Cesar Jaramillo

Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in the Waterloo Region Record Canada’s newly elected Conservative majority government seems to be wasting no time in taking a tough stance on foreign policy, but Canada’s decision to boycott the Conference on Disarmament during the presidency of North Korea sets a troubling precedent for the already dysfunctional disarmament forum. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said …

Dealing with North Korea: Let’s not be panicked by the nuclear aspirations of a desperately poor nation

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr Published by the Waterloo Region Record North Korea has demonstrated a formidable capacity for trying the patience of the international community, but that does not mean we should also allow it to foment international crises. Kim Jong Il’s second nuclear test is all the things diplomats and world leaders have said it is — a reckless challenge …

Progress Toward Denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula

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Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2007 Volume 28 Issue 1 When the six-party talks1 finally produced an agreement on 13 February 2007 to reaffirm the common goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, along with setting out the specific measures to be taken toward that end, there were two primary reactions to the deal. Some welcomed it, saying …

Responding to the North Korean Bomb

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Briefing 06-6 Author Ernie Regehr Scarcely a year before its October 9 test of a nuclear warhead, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea or the DPRK) made a commitment, in a joint statement with its partners in the Six-Party Talks, “to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and returning, at an early date, to the Treaty …