This week, APLN contributors reflect on the symbolic importance of the famous Doomsday Clock moving closer to midnight, propose ways to move nuclear disarmament talks forward, and look at the risks a new North Korean nuclear weapons test may pose to China.
Gareth Evans warns that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ decision to set the hands of its famous Doomsday Clock to just 90 seconds to midnight, the closest they have ever been in the clock’s history, is a wake-up call the world cannot ignore.
Also, Sylvia Mishra calls on the nuclear-weapon states to focus on nuclear weapons risk reduction measures as an interim way to regain the trust of the non-nuclear-weapon states. Doing so not only would enhance security, but it would also help revive multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation talks, she argues.
And in a new Korea Times column, Yun Sun argues that a new nuclear weapons test by North Korea would be a provocation aimed at the US and its allies, but it could prove to be an even bigger problem for China. She explains that a nuclear test would widen the rift between China and South Korea, the opposite of what Beijing is trying to achieve in the region. We also highlight members’ activities below.