North Korea has a very limited number of foreign affairs resources by which it can influence its relations with the outside world, and missile launches are a kind of blackmail, says political analyst Ekaterina Koldunova.
South Korea claims seven short-range missiles were launched from North Korea's east coast on Saturday. But as they slip closer towards a serious standoff, Koreans living in Russia say harmony is easily within reach.
The Presidents of Russia and the United States are both determined to strike the new agreement on nuclear disarmament, it just may take some time, believes leading arms control expert, Dr. Roland Timerbaev.
Obama’s visit alone is unlikely to be able to resolve U.S –Russia argument over missile defense system in Eastern Europe, said Andrey Klimov, deputy head of the Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee.
The result of Obama's upcoming visit to Moscow could very likely be a missile agreement between Moscow and Washington, says Professor William Potter from the Monterey Institute of International Relations.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at the US House of Representatives Howard Berman is in Moscow to lay the groundwork for Barack Obama’s upcoming trip. He gave an insider’s view on the talks.
Russia and the US have about 27,000 nuclear warheads – enough to destroy the planet several times over. Nuclear disarmament specialist Gareth Evans says reducing stockpiles should be the main priority of global powers.
A package of solutions may be in the works involving nuclear stockpiles, Europe’s proposed missile shield and a new arms reduction treaty, says Mikhail Troitsky of the Moscow State University of International Relations.