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North Korea Updates Nuclear Status in Constitution
The North Korean Constitution has been updated to affirm the nation's position as a nuclear power, Voice of Russia reported on Wednesday (see GSN, May 24).
Lawmakers signed off on the move last month, according to Tyosen Tsuchin, a regime-friendly news organization that operates from Tokyo. The move falls in line with the North's efforts to be accepted globally as a nuclear power.
China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are the states formally given that status under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. While North Korea has an ongoing nuclear weapons program, its 2006 and 2009 underground tests are seen at best as partial successes. Pyongyang is also not known to have produced a nuclear warhead that could be fitted onto a missile.
Recent satellite images suggest the nation is preparing for its third nuclear test (Voice of Russia, May 30).
March 13, 2014
On Friday, March 14, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Five statesmen from Germany, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States call for the urgent formation of a Contact Group of Foreign Ministers to address the crisis and more broadly, create a new approach to building mutual security in the Euro-Atlantic region.
Sept. 27, 2013
A fact sheet on current and projected costs of maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrent, produced by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
This article provides an overview of North Korea's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.