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Negotiations between members of the United Nations Command and North Korean counterparts in 2013. defenseimagery.mil/Wikimedia

What is the right response to North Korea’s fourth nuclear test?

U.S. forces in South Korea are on high alert after North Korea claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb last week. But China may be better positioned to curb North Korea's menacing behavior.
If this detonation was a hydrogen bomb test, then it was likely less successful than the North Korean leadership may have hoped. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

North Korea tests again: the ritual of Korean Peninsula nuclear politics

North Korea remains committed to perfecting a deployable nuclear weapon capability. It is confident in the understanding that there appears little the international community can do to prevent it.
Korean War-era weapons on display in South Korea. More than six decades on, tensions are unresolved – and now they are nuclear. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN/AAP

If we can’t stop an impoverished nation like North Korea making nuclear weapons, our tactics are clearly wrong

The West has long depended on the nuclear deterrent to quell the threat of 'rogue' nations like North Korea. But Pyongyang's continued nuclear weapons program shows that global disarmament is the only answer.
The Arak heavy-water reactor has been at the center of concerns about potential Iranian nuclear proliferation. Stringer/Reuters

The alarming consequences of scuttling the Iran nuclear deal

Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran have good reasons to be skeptical, but blocking the deal would make the United States and its allies less secure.
On August 6, 1945, a crude bomb containing 60 kilograms of highly enriched uranium exploded 580 metres above Hiroshima. EPA/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Ban the bomb: 70 years on, the nuclear threat looms as large as ever

Today's nuclear arsenals are so powerful that dropping a Hiroshima-size bomb every two hours for 70 years would not exhaust their destructive capacity. The global disarmament regime is broken.

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