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17.05.2022

While most of the countries remain concentrated on the Ukrainian crisis, there is a possibility of another crisis at the different edge of Eurasia. The potential troublemaker is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and its nuclear missile program, which has somewhat revived in recent times.

23.03.2022

On Sunday, South Korea's defense ministry said it had detected multiple rocket launchers off North Korea's west coast. A few days earlier, Pyongyang also attempted to conduct missile tests, which were unsuccessful. Experts from the United States and South Korea believe this could refer to the testing of the Hwaseong-17 ballistic missile, which is part of North Korea's long-range missile arsenal.

10.02.2022

While the situation around Ukraine keeps aggravating, the international community is monitoring closely the development of Russian-Chinese relations. Before paying an official visit to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, President Vladimir Putin published an article “Russia and China: a strategic partnership oriented towards the future”. In the article, the Russian leader notes that the two countries are “close neighbors bound by centuries-old traditions of friendship and trust. And we highly appreciate that entering a new era the Russian-Chinese relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation have reached an unprecedented level, becoming a model of efficiency, responsibility, and aspiration for the future.”

18.01.2022

On January 17, 2022, North Korea conducted a new missile test, the fourth since the beginning of the year. Media, citing the Japan Coast Guard, report that the DPRK allegedly launched two short-range ballistic missiles towards the Eastern Sea. According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the launch took place near Sunan International Airport (Pyongyang).

14.04.2017

“Since there is no quick and easy solution to the situation around the DPRK, it is worth considering interim solutions. What could realistically be on the agenda for talks right now? Preventing unplanned military actions and minimal confidence building measures. This is the main problem today; nobody wants a war by error. In future, it would be wise to desist from the talks focused purely on the nuclear issue. It would not make sense to discuss North Korea’s nuclear issue without also looking at missile defense and the rising conventional potential of countries in the region, or without looking at the problems relating to uncertainty over diplomatic relations. And within any discussion it is vital that issues open to interim deals are identified,” – expert on the DPRK military capabilities, Vladimir Khrustalev.

30.03.2017

“The first risk we can identify in the region is the risk of a “war by mistake”. Constant military exercises, huge concentration of forces, regular accidents can lead to an armed conflict,” – expert on the DPRK military capabilities, Vladimir Khrustalev.

11.11.2016

“Considering the multifaceted nature of today's non-traditional threats, security goes beyond the capabilities of States. To combat these challenges, it is necessary to use not only intergovernmental mechanisms, but also to involve non-state actors”, – Chairman of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, Head of Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) Mely Caballero-Anthony.

21.06.2016

“Today the nuclear nonproliferation regime faces a range of key challenges. These challenges fall under four main categories: ongoing difficulties with the implementation and universalization of the treaty, the disturbance of strategic stability, increasingly ineffective mechanisms of multilateral diplomacy, and a lack of progress towards establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East” — “Strengthening the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime in 2016-2020”.

14.03.2016

“Iranian missile launches do not violate country’s commitments or norms of international law.  All of the provisions of Resolution 1929, that prohibited Tehran from launching ballistic missiles, were terminated in January 2016, and the resolution 2231 merely “calls upon” Iran not to undertake any activity related to such launches, which is not legally binding; the JCPOA does not address the issue of ballistic missile launches.” – Andrey Baklitskiy, PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director.

17.11.2015

“There is no such thing as pivot to the East. While preparing Russia’s APEC presidency in 2012 we focused on the eastward direction of the economic policy. It became apparent that we have to pay more attention to this strand, to organise work in a consistent manner. It was at that time when it became clear that we'd missed the right moment: all our competitors, the other major economies, were at the East long before” — Stanislav Voskresensky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

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