US to begin disabling North Korean nuclear program in three weeksUS experts are to begin disabling North Korea's nuclear weapons arsenal in about three weeks, the State Department said Thursday following talks in Pyongyang.
The timeframe was given by Sung Kim, the head of the US State Department's Korea desk, who completed talks with North Korean officials on the nuclear disablement mission, said Tom Casey, a department spokesman.
North Korea agreed earlier this month to disable key facilities at the Yongbyon complex and declare all other nuclear programs by the end of the year.
In exchange for these actions, China, South Korea, the United States, Japan and Russia would supply North Korea with energy and other aid and offer up diplomatic concessions to the isolated nation. [ via Yahoo! News]
New Doubts for U.S.-India Nuclear Deal[Sorry for all the posts, but I been busy with the 'real' job.]
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has raised new doubts about a nuclear trade deal with the United States, telling President Bush by telephone on Monday night that his government was having "certain difficulties" finalizing it. The agreement is bitterly opposed by Mr. Singh's left-wing allies in Parliament, who maintain his government's majority there and argue against closer ties to the United States. [via New York Times]
U.S., India Finalize Nuclear DealThe United States and India agreed to terms Friday for their nuclear trade deal, Agence France-Presse reported.
"The agreement has been finalized but it awaits review by both governments," said Rahul Chhabra, a spokesman for the Indian Embassy in Washington, said following high-level talks here last week on the implementation agreement for the deal. The talks were extended into Friday as officials made headway through disputes that had stalled the agreement over the past several months.
India under the pact would have access to U.S. nuclear fuel and technology, in exchange for opening its civilian nuclear sites to international monitoring.
The deal would have to be approved by lawmakers in both countries, along with the international Nuclear Suppliers Group. [via Nuclear Threat Initiative]
Russia MIght Leave the INF TreatyA top Russian general said Thursday that Moscow may unilaterally opt out of a Soviet-era arms reduction treaty with the United States, Russian news agencies reported.
Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, the chief of the Russian military's General Staff, was quoted by ITAR-Tass and Interfax as saying that Russia could pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1987.
He said the decision would depend on the United States' actions with its proposed missile defense system, parts of which Washington is seeking to deploy in Poland and the Czech Republic. [via ABC News]