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Jae-Soon Chang, Associated Press
The U.S. and South Korea are hatching a "comprehensive" strategy for persuading North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, breaking from the step-by-step process that has seen Pyongyang backtrack on pledges.
Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell discussed the new strategy with chief South Korean nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac during talks Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young said.
Michael Krepon and Samuel Black, The Stimson Center
The L'Aquila Statement on Non-Proliferation, released at the end of the G-8 Summit in Italy, received little notice – except in India. Some in New Delhi took exception to one paragraph of the communiqué that called on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to make further progress "on mechanisms to strengthen controls on transfers" of enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technologies.
Rajat Pandit, The Times of India
Fifty-four years after the world's first nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus took to the ocean depths, smashing all submerged speed and distance records thereafter, India's long hunt for its own N-sub has finally entered the last lap.
Denis D. Gray, Associated Press
The recent aborted voyage of a North Korean ship, photographs of massive tunnels and a top secret meeting have raised alarm bells that one of the world's poorest nations may be aspiring to join the nuclear club — with help from its friends in Pyongyang. No one expects military-run Myanmar, also known as Burma, to obtain an atomic bomb anytime soon, but experts have the Southeast Asian nation on their radar screen.
Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
The design contract for a new generation of Trident nuclear missile submarines, due to have been signed in September, has been put off, government officials revealed last night.
William J. Broad and David E. Sanger, The New York Times
In the depths of the cold war, in 1983, a senior at Columbia University wrote in a campus newsmagazine, Sundial, about the vision of "a nuclear free world." He railed against discussions of "first- versus second-strike capabilities" that “suit the military-industrial interests” with their "billion-dollar erector sets," and agitated for the elimination of global arsenals holding tens of thousands of deadly warheads.