Proliferation

Analysis Brief

The Legacy of A.Q. Khan

Pakistani officials say nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, a national hero, is under house arrest for spreading nuclear technology to rogue regimes. Yet the seeds sowed by his proliferation network may pose a threat to the United States for years to come.

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Iran Maintains Its Defiance

Iran continues to flex its muscles ahead of the UN-imposed August 31 deadline to suspend its nuclear activities. With the UN secretary-general traveling to Tehran for talks, Iran has indicated it will not abide by the latest UN resolution.

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About Those Nukes, Iran …

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling on Iran to suspend its uranium-enrichment activities or face sanctions. The vote comes amid deep suspicions about Iran's role in sparking the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

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Shrugging Off Sanctions

The UN Security Council has barred member states from supplying North Korea with missile parts in response to recent tests. The country with the most leverage in North Korea—China—has mostly buffered Pyongyang from strong action but could be losing patience with its neighbor.

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Preventing Ballistic Surprises

North Korea's recent missile tests and Iran's ongoing quest for nuclear weaponry illustrate the need for an effective strategy to prevent other rogue states from acquiring nuclear technology. A relatively new program to interdict suspect shipments on the high seas is gaining favor around the world.

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North Korea Missile Tests Draw World's Ire

The North Korean test-firing of a mix of short- and medium-range missiles drew the anger of Japan, the United States, and other leading nations. One missile, a long-range Taepodong 2 that exploded in mid-air, caused particular concern in Washington as experts say it is designed to reach the West Coast of the United States.

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Koizumi, the President, and the King

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visits the United States for the last time as he prepares to step down after six years in office. The visit, intended to celebrate Tokyo's close relationship with Washington, comes as North Korea's threat to launch a long-range ballistic missile raise concerns across the region.

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North Korea Flexes Its Muscles

North Korea has made threatening moves toward testing a long-range ballistic missile, prompting warnings from the United States and Japan. Some experts say it may be more productive to focus on economic engagement with Pyongyang than disarmament.

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More Brinksmanship from Tehran

As the UN's nuclear agency board meets this week, it considers a new report suggesting Iran continues to defy UN wishes and has stepped up its enrichment activity even as Washington tries to work out a route to direct negotiations.

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Waiting for Iran's Response

The permanent UN Security Council members and Germany agree to a package of incentives to prod Iran into giving up its nuclear activities. Yet it remains unclear if Tehran will accept the offer.

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Tehran Wants to Talk

The latest signals from Iran indicate a desire for direct talks with the United States to resolve the nuclear crisis. But Washington is wary and continues to prefer multilateral pressure on Iran to freeze its uranium-enrichment program.

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