North Korea’s latest nuclear test has resulted in a familiar chorus of international condemnation. Surprisingly, the only meaningful change in rhetoric has come from the regime itself. Pyongyang now implies its nuclear programme is no longer up for negotiation.
Seismic signals detected around the world indicate that North Korea has successfully conducted its third nuclear test, and taken a step towards a more potent nuclear deterrent. But without more information, it is very hard to say just how big this step is.
Ayatollah Khamenei has firmly rejected the prospect of direct US-Iran talks, but his remarks should be read in the context of Iran's fractured domestic politics. Iran's talks with the P5+1 must progress first.
The Netherlands will also pursue international solutions from the outset – more so than in the past... international co-operation is the only way to increase the low returns on the sum of European defence expenditure.
Post 9/11 NATO initiated a transformation process that would have profound consequences for its role as a collective defence organization, including its relations with the United Nations’ system of collective security.