North Korea is considering suspending nuclear talks with the US, reports say

North Korea is considering suspending nuclear talks with the United States and its leader may rethink a ban on missile tests, news reports from the North’s capital on Friday quoted a senior official as saying. After the failure of last month’s summit of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North’s top nuclear envoy said its leadership was considering dropping denuclearization talks, Russia’s TASS news agency said. “We have no intention to yield to the U.S. demands


North Korea is considering suspending nuclear talks with the United States and its leader may rethink a ban on missile tests, news reports from the North’s capital on Friday quoted a senior official as saying. After the failure of last month’s summit of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North’s top nuclear envoy said its leadership was considering dropping denuclearization talks, Russia’s TASS news agency said. “We have no intention to yield to the U.S. demands
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North Korea is considering suspending nuclear talks with the US, reports say

North Korea is considering suspending nuclear talks with the United States and its leader may rethink a ban on missile tests, news reports from the North’s capital on Friday quoted a senior official as saying.

After the failure of last month’s summit of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North’s top nuclear envoy said its leadership was considering dropping denuclearization talks, Russia’s TASS news agency said.

“We have no intention to yield to the U.S. demands (at the Hanoi summit) in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind,” the agency quoted North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui as saying.

Kim is set to make an official announcement soon on his position regarding talks with the United States and the North’s further actions, it added, citing Choe, who was addressing a news conference in the North Korean capital.

Choe also said Washington threw away a golden opportunity at the summit and warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches, the Associated Press news agency added.

The comments run counter to optimism displayed by a U.S. negotiator this week, despite the collapse of last month’s talks in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.


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North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

The U.S. and North Korea accused each other of causing the summit breakdown, but both sides left the door open for future negotiations. It said satellite imagery taken Saturday, two days after the failed summit, showed North Korea “is pursuing a rapid rebuilding” of the rocket site. North Korea has said its satellite launches are part of its peaceful space development program. In early 2018, North Korea abruptly expressed its intention to deal away its weapons arsenal in return for political and


The U.S. and North Korea accused each other of causing the summit breakdown, but both sides left the door open for future negotiations. It said satellite imagery taken Saturday, two days after the failed summit, showed North Korea “is pursuing a rapid rebuilding” of the rocket site. North Korea has said its satellite launches are part of its peaceful space development program. In early 2018, North Korea abruptly expressed its intention to deal away its weapons arsenal in return for political and
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North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

An article from 38 North, a website specializing in North Korea studies, cited commercial satellite imagery as indicating that efforts to rebuild some structures at the site started sometime between Feb. 16 and March 2.

Dismantling parts of its long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps the North took last year when it entered nuclear talks with the United States and South Korea. North Korea has carried out satellite launches at the site in recent years, resulting in U.N. sanctions over expert claims that they were disguised tests of banned missile technology.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the report might affect nuclear diplomacy. The Trump-Kim summit fell apart because of differences over how much sanction relief North Korea could win in return for closing its aging main nuclear complex. The U.S. and North Korea accused each other of causing the summit breakdown, but both sides left the door open for future negotiations.

One of the South Korean lawmakers who attended the briefing said Wednesday that NIS director Suh Hoon said the structures being restored at the launch site include roofs and building doors.

The lawmaker requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.

He quoted Suh as saying that the move could be preparation to restart long-range rocket launches if nuclear diplomacy completely collapses, or could be an attempt to add structures that could be dramatically blown up in a show of denuclearization commitment when U.S. inspectors visit if negotiations with Washington go well.

The NIS said it couldn’t confirm the report on Suh’s briefing.

The 38 North report published Tuesday said the rail-mounted processing building, which is where space launch vehicles are worked on before they’re moved to the launch pad, is being reassembled. It said two support cranes can be seen at the building, and walls have been erected and a new roof added.

At the engine test stand, the website said it appears that the engine support structure is being reassembled. It said new roofs have been installed on the fuel and oxidizer buildings.

The report was written by Jack Liu and Jenny Town.

Beyond Parallel, a website run by the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, issued a similar assessment of the Tongchang-ri site. It said satellite imagery taken Saturday, two days after the failed summit, showed North Korea “is pursuing a rapid rebuilding” of the rocket site.

After repeated failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit for the first time in 2012 in a launch from the site, which is also known as the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.

North Korea has said its satellite launches are part of its peaceful space development program. None of the country’s high-profile missile tests, including three ICBM launches in 2017, was conducted at the site.

But many outside experts say ballistic missiles and rockets used in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology. They say each of the North’s satellite launches was believed to have improved its missile technology.

After carrying out the third of its three ICBM launches in late 2017, North Korea claimed to be able to attack the mainland United States with nuclear-armed missiles. Foreign missile experts say the North still needs to master a few remaining technologies, such as perfecting a re-entry vehicle, to have functioning ICBMs.

In early 2018, North Korea abruptly expressed its intention to deal away its weapons arsenal in return for political and economic benefits. The North has since suspended nuclear and missile tests and dismantled its underground nuclear testing site.

Its dismantling of parts of the Tongchang-ri facility occurred at the beginning of U.S.-North Korea negotiations last year. Both the launch pad and engine test stand were in about the same condition since last August, according to the 38 North report.

After a September summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, Kim agreed to “permanently shut down” the Tongchang-ri engine test ground and rocket launch pad with the participation of foreign experts.

A statement issued by Kim and Moon categorized the steps as parts of a broader goal to make the Korean Peninsula free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat. This could suggest that North Korea acknowledged that the Tongchang-ri site is a nuclear-related facility.


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US Secretary of State is ‘hopeful’ for more talks with North Korea after Hanoi summit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was hopeful the United States would send a delegation to North Korea in the coming weeks, after talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended with no agreement. “I am hopeful, although I have no commitment yet, that we will be back at it, that I’ll have a team in Pyongyang in the next couple weeks,” Pompeo told the Iowa Farm Bureau. The two sides gave different reasons for the abrupt end in last week’s talks a


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was hopeful the United States would send a delegation to North Korea in the coming weeks, after talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended with no agreement. “I am hopeful, although I have no commitment yet, that we will be back at it, that I’ll have a team in Pyongyang in the next couple weeks,” Pompeo told the Iowa Farm Bureau. The two sides gave different reasons for the abrupt end in last week’s talks a
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US Secretary of State is 'hopeful' for more talks with North Korea after Hanoi summit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was hopeful the United States would send a delegation to North Korea in the coming weeks, after talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended with no agreement.

The leaders’ second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi collapsed last week without any agreement or immediate plan for a third meeting between them, or their delegations.

“I am hopeful, although I have no commitment yet, that we will be back at it, that I’ll have a team in Pyongyang in the next couple weeks,” Pompeo told the Iowa Farm Bureau.

“I’m continuing to work to find those places where there’s a shared interest.”

The two sides gave different reasons for the abrupt end in last week’s talks about denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Trump told reporters on Thursday that North Korea wanted all of the sanctions lifted in their entirety.

But North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho disputed that claim during a midnight news conference, saying North Korea had asked only for a partial lifting of the sanctions in exchange for dismantling its main nuclear site at Yongbyon.

“We’ve been engaged in the fundamental proposition of trying to convince Chairman Kim, who is 35 years old, that the historic strategy which said that, absent nuclear weapons, North Korea will fall, that the government will fall, that it was their only way of achieving security for their country. And they trust that. They’re confident that that will protect them,” Pompeo said on Monday.


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Putin signs decree suspending INF nuclear pact – Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia’s participation in the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday. Russia announced last month it was suspending the treaty after the United States said it would withdraw because of violations by Moscow. Russia denies flouting the accord and has accused Washington of breaking the accord itself, allegations rejected by the United States. Putin ordered the treaty be suspende


President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia’s participation in the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday. Russia announced last month it was suspending the treaty after the United States said it would withdraw because of violations by Moscow. Russia denies flouting the accord and has accused Washington of breaking the accord itself, allegations rejected by the United States. Putin ordered the treaty be suspende
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Putin signs decree suspending INF nuclear pact - Kremlin

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree suspending Russia’s participation in the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Russia announced last month it was suspending the treaty after the United States said it would withdraw because of violations by Moscow. Russia denies flouting the accord and has accused Washington of breaking the accord itself, allegations rejected by the United States.

Putin ordered the treaty be suspended until Washington stops violating the treaty and has told the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform signatories to the accord of Russia’s move to suspend it, the text of the decree showed.


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North Korea spent most of Trump’s first year in office perfecting its nuclear arsenal. Here is a timeline

“It’s a good thing that they aren’t testing right now but it doesn’t mean that they can’t advance their program in other ways or continue to add warheads to their arsenal or missiles to their delivery system stockpiles,” said Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “The lack of testing just means that they are comfortable with the designs they have,” Bell told CNBC. Under the third-generation North Korean leader, the reclusive state has conduc


“It’s a good thing that they aren’t testing right now but it doesn’t mean that they can’t advance their program in other ways or continue to add warheads to their arsenal or missiles to their delivery system stockpiles,” said Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “The lack of testing just means that they are comfortable with the designs they have,” Bell told CNBC. Under the third-generation North Korean leader, the reclusive state has conduc
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North Korea spent most of Trump's first year in office perfecting its nuclear arsenal. Here is a timeline

“It’s a good thing that they aren’t testing right now but it doesn’t mean that they can’t advance their program in other ways or continue to add warheads to their arsenal or missiles to their delivery system stockpiles,” said Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. “The lack of testing just means that they are comfortable with the designs they have,” Bell told CNBC.

Under the third-generation North Korean leader, the reclusive state has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, launched its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and threatened to send missiles into the waters near Guam.

Since 2011, Kim has fired more than 85 missiles and four nuclear weapons tests, which is more than what his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, launched over a period of 27 years.

Starting with the most recent, here is a look at North Korea’s defiant rocket launches in 2017, which often provoked angry responses from Trump:


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The India-Pakistan crisis deserves our ‘urgent attention’

Even in this eventful week, nothing came close to matching the perilous significance of the unprecedented airstrikes between Pakistan and India, escalating the risk of war between two nuclear powers. Though that made for one of the Trump administration’s more difficult weeks, it is the South Asian nail-biter that deserves our urgent attention. “The escalation ladder … between these two nuclear-armed neighbors remains very steep,” warned the Atlantic Council’s Shuja Nawaz. However, don’t make the


Even in this eventful week, nothing came close to matching the perilous significance of the unprecedented airstrikes between Pakistan and India, escalating the risk of war between two nuclear powers. Though that made for one of the Trump administration’s more difficult weeks, it is the South Asian nail-biter that deserves our urgent attention. “The escalation ladder … between these two nuclear-armed neighbors remains very steep,” warned the Atlantic Council’s Shuja Nawaz. However, don’t make the
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The India-Pakistan crisis deserves our 'urgent attention'

Even in this eventful week, nothing came close to matching the perilous significance of the unprecedented airstrikes between Pakistan and India, escalating the risk of war between two nuclear powers.

Headlines in the United States focused more on President Donald Trump’s former lawyer turning on him before Congress and on the president’s fruitless Vietnam meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Though that made for one of the Trump administration’s more difficult weeks, it is the South Asian nail-biter that deserves our urgent attention.

India’s strike on what it said was a terrorist camp inside Pakistan proper on Tuesday followed the next day by Pakistan’s responding strike on Indian-administered Kashmir mark the first time any nuclear power has carried out airstrikes in another nuclear power’s territory.

“The escalation ladder … between these two nuclear-armed neighbors remains very steep,” warned the Atlantic Council’s Shuja Nawaz. Given both sides’ standoff weapons that can be launched from air platforms and given increased talk of using miniaturized tactical nuclear weapons, Nawaz saw a risk that “a full-scale war, involving dozens of nuclear weapons, could engulf the subcontinent with grave consequences for the whole region and the world.”

Fortunately, former cricketer and now-Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan defused further immediate escalation with the release on Friday evening (local time) of an Indian pilot who had been captured after he ejected over Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

However, don’t make the mistake of shrugging off the week’s events as just another one of the occasional Indian-Pakistani dust-ups. There were aspects of this military exchange that were qualitatively new and troublesome. The changing nature of both countries’ nuclear arsenals raises new dangers.

Beyond that, a hardening of politics in India and Pakistan’s inability to seriously take on jihadi terrorist groups operating from its territory contribute to a combustive mix that won’t go away even after India’s national elections in April. Hence, it’s time for the two countries’ international partners to insist they engage urgently in talks to better manage their relationship; and to find ways to assist Pakistan in deradicalizing and deweaponizing the jihadi groups that still exist inside its borders.


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On North Korea giving up nukes, Trump says again and again: ‘No rush’

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s not prioritizing North Korea quickly giving up its nuclear weapons in a brief statement before more talks with the pariah state’s autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un. Instead, Trump said he is pleased that there was no evidence North Korea had conducted nuclear or ballistic missile tests in more than a year. “I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it — very much appreciate it.” “I am in no rush — just we don’t want th


U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s not prioritizing North Korea quickly giving up its nuclear weapons in a brief statement before more talks with the pariah state’s autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un. Instead, Trump said he is pleased that there was no evidence North Korea had conducted nuclear or ballistic missile tests in more than a year. “I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it — very much appreciate it.” “I am in no rush — just we don’t want th
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On North Korea giving up nukes, Trump says again and again: 'No rush'

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s not prioritizing North Korea quickly giving up its nuclear weapons in a brief statement before more talks with the pariah state’s autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un.

Instead, Trump said he is pleased that there was no evidence North Korea had conducted nuclear or ballistic missile tests in more than a year.

“Speed is not that important to me,” the president said. “I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it — very much appreciate it.”

“I am in no rush — just we don’t want the testing and we’ve developed something very special with respect to that,” Trump added.

That marked a step back from Trump’s claim last year that Pyongyang would begin relinquishing its nuclear capabilities “very, very quickly.” In fact, the president repeatedly emphasized Thursday morning that he was not looking to find a solution to North Korea’s nuclear threat by the end of this week’s summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.


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Trump tries to convince Kim that the summit is North Korea’s chance for an economic boom

When reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, he’ll be aiming for a much-needed economic boom for his country. Trump, who says his top priority is for Pyongyang not to conduct any more testing of ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons, may opt to use the lifting of economic sanctions as a negotiating tool with the pariah state, experts said. In fact, Trump has dangled the prospect of a stronger North Korean economy ahead of the talks in Hanoi, Vi


When reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, he’ll be aiming for a much-needed economic boom for his country. Trump, who says his top priority is for Pyongyang not to conduct any more testing of ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons, may opt to use the lifting of economic sanctions as a negotiating tool with the pariah state, experts said. In fact, Trump has dangled the prospect of a stronger North Korean economy ahead of the talks in Hanoi, Vi
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Trump tries to convince Kim that the summit is North Korea's chance for an economic boom

When reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, he’ll be aiming for a much-needed economic boom for his country.

Trump, who says his top priority is for Pyongyang not to conduct any more testing of ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons, may opt to use the lifting of economic sanctions as a negotiating tool with the pariah state, experts said.

In fact, Trump has dangled the prospect of a stronger North Korean economy ahead of the talks in Hanoi, Vietnam. He tweeted hours before meeting Kim: “Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize. The potential is AWESOME, a great opportunity… ”

The U.S. president said in a separate Twitter post on Sunday: “Chairman Kim realizes, perhaps better than anyone else, that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the World.”


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Trump says there is ‘AWESOME’ economic potential for North Korea — if Kim abandons nukes

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Wednesday Twitter post there’s “AWESOME” economic potential for North Korea if the hermit nation’s leader Kim Jong Un agrees to give up on his nuclear weapons. Trump’s tweet also pointed to Vietnam as an example that North Korea could follow. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize. Trump, at a meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, repeated that Vietnam is an example for North Korea. If North Korea follows in V


U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Wednesday Twitter post there’s “AWESOME” economic potential for North Korea if the hermit nation’s leader Kim Jong Un agrees to give up on his nuclear weapons. Trump’s tweet also pointed to Vietnam as an example that North Korea could follow. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize. Trump, at a meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, repeated that Vietnam is an example for North Korea. If North Korea follows in V
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Trump says there is 'AWESOME' economic potential for North Korea — if Kim abandons nukes

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Wednesday Twitter post there’s “AWESOME” economic potential for North Korea if the hermit nation’s leader Kim Jong Un agrees to give up on his nuclear weapons.

Trump’s tweet also pointed to Vietnam as an example that North Korea could follow.

“Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize. The potential is AWESOME, a great opportunity, like almost none other in history, for my friend Kim Jong Un. We will know fairly soon – Very Interesting!” the president said.

Trump, at a meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, repeated that Vietnam is an example for North Korea.

The American president said he and Kim “felt very good about having this very important summit in Vietnam” because the Southeast Asian country is “an example as to what can happen with good thinking.”

If North Korea follows in Vietnam’s footsteps, the rogue nation’s gradual opening up could bring in investment opportunities worth up to $9 billion per year, Morgan Stanley estimated.

“North Korea’s 18 million working age population would join Asia’s production supply chain at an hourly wage cost lower than Vietnam’s,” the bank said in a research note. “A liberalised North Korea would provide the missing link in improving the trade connectivity of the Korean peninsula to Europe if inter-Korea rail connects to Russia and China.”

Vietnam’s economy has thrived at a time when global activity slowed down. The Southeast Asian frontier market reported growth of 7.1 percent last year — its strongest pace in a decade and also among the fastest in the world. The country was also frequently cited for its potential to be a beneficiary of the U.S.-China trade war.

But Vietnam has relied mostly on labor-intensive manufacturing to power its growth over the last three decades, helped by a young workforce and low wages. Productivity growth and technological adoption have not kept up, and some economists have raised concerns about the country’s economic future once those advantages fade.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi this week, less than a year after the two leaders met in Singapore. Last June’s summit was the first in-person meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean head of state.

The two leaders are expected to discuss denuclearizing the Korean peninsular, although the two sides appear far apart on the idea of North Korea getting rid of its nuclear weapons. That has long been a U.S. precondition for economic sanctions to be lifted, but analysts say Kim is unlikely to relinquish North Korea’s hard-won status as a nuclear power.

Here’s more of what you need to know about this week’s summit.

— Reuters contributed to this report.


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India and Pakistan say they’ve launched airstrikes against each other. Here’s what you need to know

Dhruva Jaishankar, a fellow in foreign policy studies at Brookings India, said India has faced a series of terrorist attacks since the 1990s from groups and individuals based in Pakistan. Jaishankar told CNBC that both countries have tested the limitations of how far they can escalate the conflict before reaching a “nuclear threshold.” To be clear, escalating tensions to the point of nuclear conflict would be catastrophic for both India and Pakistan and would destabilize the entire region — an o


Dhruva Jaishankar, a fellow in foreign policy studies at Brookings India, said India has faced a series of terrorist attacks since the 1990s from groups and individuals based in Pakistan. Jaishankar told CNBC that both countries have tested the limitations of how far they can escalate the conflict before reaching a “nuclear threshold.” To be clear, escalating tensions to the point of nuclear conflict would be catastrophic for both India and Pakistan and would destabilize the entire region — an o
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India and Pakistan say they've launched airstrikes against each other. Here's what you need to know

Since the terrorist attack earlier this month, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been under pressure from his base to respond with force ahead of a parliamentary election due to take place by May.

“That India entered Pakistan’s airspace is a clear indication that it is willing to do whatever it takes to keep India safe, which, I suspect, caught Pakistan off-guard,” Akhil Bery, analyst for South Asia at political consultancy Eurasia Group, told CNBC on Tuesday.

Dhruva Jaishankar, a fellow in foreign policy studies at Brookings India, said India has faced a series of terrorist attacks since the 1990s from groups and individuals based in Pakistan. The challenge for both sides has always been about how to respond to provocations from its neighbor, especially after each country became a nuclear power.

Jaishankar told CNBC that both countries have tested the limitations of how far they can escalate the conflict before reaching a “nuclear threshold.”

To be clear, escalating tensions to the point of nuclear conflict would be catastrophic for both India and Pakistan and would destabilize the entire region — an option unlikely to be taken by either New Delhi or Islamabad.

For his part, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sway with the country’s influential military is limited. The way Khan handles this week’s situation will be a big test of his leadership, according to Moeed Yusuf, associate vice president for the Asia Center at the United States Institute of Peace.

“You have a new leader in Pakistan who (has to) show that he is strong and willing to stand up to India,” Yusuf told CNBC. “He must also follow the army’s lead and so if the army decides to escalate, he won’t be able to say much to them right now.”

For Modi, meanwhile, it would be “political suicide” if he walked back on the conflict at this stage — when it may appear to outside observers that India and Pakistan had evenly matched each other’s force, Yusuf said.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-02-27  Authors: saheli roy choudhury, mukhtar khan, arif ali, afp, getty images
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