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Boris: Nuclear option over N Korea 'on the table'

Boris: Nuclear option over N Korea 'on the table'

World
The Foreign Secretary has called on North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate over his nuclear ambitions but warned the rogue state a pre-emptive strike remains a possibility.Boris Johnson said he backed a series of "commitments" made by South Korea and the US secretary of state's efforts to talk, making it clear the UK did not seek to bring about regime change.He told the Chatham House conference in London: "These are the commitments that we hope will encourage Kim Jong Un to halt his nuclear development programme, to come to the negotiating table and thereby to take the only path that can guarantee the security of the region as a whole."The Trump administration's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, has been attempting to negotiate with Pyongyang to stop it carrying out tests of long-range m...
North Korea will reach its nuclear force goal – Kim Jong-un

North Korea will reach its nuclear force goal – Kim Jong-un

World
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to reach the country's nuclear goals, according to state media.The aim was to establish "equilibrium" of military force with the US, the KCNA news agency quoted him as saying.Mr Kim's comments come after North Korea fired its latest missile over Japan - in what is being described as the country's farthest-reaching test.The move split world powers who united behind new UN sanctions against North Korea just days ago."We should clearly show the big power chauvinists how our state attain the goal of completing its nuclear force despite their limitless sanctions and blockade," Mr Kim was quoted as saying by the KCNA.He also said North Korea's goal was "to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rulers dare not talk about mili...
Offshore wind now cheaper than new nuclear

Offshore wind now cheaper than new nuclear

Business
The cost of new offshore wind power is set to fall by 50% over the next five years following the award of new government contracts.The results of the latest auction for new projects were cheered by environmental campaigners as the contracts - which guarantee a set price for power - tumbled to record lows.The cost fell to £74.75 per megawatt hour (MWh) for projects delivered in 2021/22 and £57.50 for projects in 2022/23.That compares with £92.50 MWh for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station - due to start generating electricity in the latter half of the 2020s.:: Hinkley Point C hit by £1.5 over-run and delayVideo:Hinkley Point costs to rise by more than £1bnThe results of the auction for 11 new contracts, which also included biomass and waste plant energy schemes, should help put do
America’s utilities prepare for a nuclear threat to the grid

America’s utilities prepare for a nuclear threat to the grid

Finance
WHEN North Korea said on September 3rd that it had developed a hydrogen bomb, adding that it could be used for a “super-powerful” high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) attack, America’s electricity industry was already on alert. Sceptics tend to dismiss as far-fetched the idea that the rogue regime would knock out the electricity grid by detonating a nuclear bomb high in the atmosphere. Regulators have not mandated safety measures. But the utilities are taking it seriously enough.They are more than a year into a three-year programme, funded by about 60 electricity firms, to understand the potential impact of a HEMP attack on the generation and transmission of electricity, and to find ways to shield the network. Such concerns are not new. In 1962, when America exploded nuclear devices
North Korea nuclear site shows 'disturbances,' landslides

North Korea nuclear site shows 'disturbances,' landslides

World
Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Satellite imagery taken of North Korea's nuclear site a day after its sixth nuclear test shows numerous "surface disturbances" and landslides, according to analysts writing for 38 North, the Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues.The images were taken on Sept. 4, in the aftermath of the artificial quake generated after a 100-kiloton explosion rocked the area -- and tremors were felt across the China border and as far as Vladivostok, Russia."These disturbances are more numerous and widespread than what we have seen from any of the five tests North Korea previously conducted," say analysts Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., and Jack Liu.Tremors have lifted out fields, but the powerful explosion on Sunday did not trigger a mountain collapse -- ...