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John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


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AP / Dmitry Lovetsky

Gorbachev Takes Stock of New START

He knows a thing or two about the nuances of U.S.-Russian relations, not to mention nuclear disarmament, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev flexed his knowledge in a New York Times op-ed piece about the New START treaty this week ...

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Tallies Up Year-End Wins

Although the outcome of this fall’s midterm elections didn’t suggest great possibilities for the last two years of President Obama’s term, he would like to suggest, as he does in this speech after Wednesday’s START vote, that ...

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / United States Senate

Senate Aims for New START Vote (Update)

Atop Wednesday’s to-do list in the Senate was a vote on the proposed and revised version of the U.S.’ Strategic Nuclear Arms Reduction treaty with Russia, which was running up against resistance from some Republicans in the chamber but still seemed likely to pass.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


Clinton and
AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russia Fires Off START Warning

Some members of the U.S. Senate are dragging their feet and kvetching about wording issues in the latest American-Russian disarmament pact, the START treaty, as they prepare to vote for its ratification. In response, they have received a clear message from Moscow ...

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 READ MORE



wlky.com

Pick a Number Between One and Six

“Between one and six.” That’s the number of nuclear weapons that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes North Korea to have, a rare public utterance on the estimated number of such weapons the Hermit Kingdom may possess.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Obama Unveils New Nuke Policy

President Barack Obama made the auspicious step of releasing his new Nuclear Posture Review on Tuesday, two days before he was due to co-sign an arms reduction treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



nps.gov

Pinning Down a Disarmament Deal

President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have agreed on final terms for a new nuclear arms reduction agreement, a successor to the START treaty of 1991. The new deal will remove about a third of the warheads deployed by each country.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy

Russia, U.S. Clash (Again) Over Missile Shield Issue

Despite U.S.-Russian progress since Barack Obama’s inauguration on the sticky issue of the United States’ planned missile shield system, the two sides are not completely in agreement on the matter. In fact, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has brought it up again in conjunction with ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


Obama's Nobel speech
Still image: AP via YouTube

More Obama Talk From the Nobel Jury

All but one of the five judges who picked President Barack Obama as the recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize sounded off on Tuesday about their decision, noting Obama’s less-than-jubilant initial reaction to the announcement and shedding more light on the reasons behind their choice, which one judge reported was unanimous.

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Gerald Herbert

He’s Earned It—for Now

In Obama’s nine months as president, he has put U.S. relations with Russia on a more constructive course; has seen Iran agree to open its nuclear facility near Qom to international inspection; and, despite Israeli and Palestinian intransigence, has kept the two sides negotiating with America’s dogged envoy, George Mitchell, who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


Nobel explained

Nobel Committee Secretary Explains Why Obama Won

Perhaps Geir Lundestad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, knew that there would be questions about President Barack Obama’s Peace Prize win, but regardless, he’s ready for the biggest one—why Obama?—in this interview conducted and posted by his Nobel colleagues on Friday.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Fastfission

North Korea Talks Fizzle

North Korea and the U.S. have agreed to the broad strokes of a nuclear disarmament deal, but hammering out the details is proving to be a monumental challenge. U.S. envoy Christopher Hill announced Thursday that talks were essentially on ice. It may or may not help that Kim Jong Il has been missing in action for months.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Energy

Global Zero Pushes for a Nuke-Free World

The founders of Global Zero, including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sir Richard Branson, want to do for nuclear disarmament what Al Gore and other environmentalists did for climate change. While the vast majority of the world’s citizens seem to favor going nukeless, the issue has been confined to the back burner.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


If at First You Don’t Get North Korea to Disarm ...

While Americans from the president on down were preoccupied with the financial meltdown, the disarmament deal with North Korea was quietly falling apart. Actually, talks with the nuclear hermit state have been on the rocks for some time, and have only grown more complicated since Kim Jong Il went MIA.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Jeff Chiu

McCain Aims to Work With Russia on Arms Control

John McCain may seem similar to President Bush in many ways, but the presumptive Republican nominee is apparently looking to draw some clear distinctions between himself and the outgoing president in regard to how he proposes to deal with tensions that have cropped up between the U.S. and Russia around the issue of nuclear disarmament.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


North Korea: Show Me the Money

North Korea simply refuses to engage in the six-party talks until it receives $25 million in disputed funds. The disarmament deal struck by Washington and Pyongyang is now being held up by “technical problems.” U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill expressed his frustration: “The problem is, you can’t expect all these large delegations to sit around while it is being sorted out.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2007 READ MORE


H-Bomb
ucar.edu

Having Your Bomb and Eating It Too

For the first time in two decades, the United States will produce a new design of the hydrogen bomb. The weapon is meant to ease insecurities caused by the aging of America’s nuclear arsenal but probably will be a mortal blow to the administration’s credibility as it attempts to deter other countries from building nuclear weapons.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Kim Yong Nam
washtimes.com

North Korea Renews Disarmament Pledge

A top North Korean leader on Thursday reaffirmed his nation’s intention to disarm, calling a nuclear-free Korean peninsula the “dying wish” of former dictator Kim Il Sung. Kim Yong Nam, the North’s second-in-command, said his regime “will make efforts to realize” that wish.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Deal a ‘Template’ for Iran

The Bush administration hopes its deal with North Korea will serve as a “template” for Iran, but convincing Tehran to abandon its nuclear program won’t be a walk in the park. Unlike North Korea, Iran has no use for energy aid and has managed to outmaneuver the U.S. in several regional conflicts.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Agrees to Disarmament Deal

North Korea has agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days in exchange for either energy or economic aid. The U.S. has also promised to drop North Korea from a list of terrorist states and normalize relations.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Deal on North Korea Nuclear Disarmament Is Near

The U.S. envoy to the six-party North Korea talks says all parties have reached tentative agreement on a deal, which would, according to previous reports, provide North Korea with energy assistance in exchange for an end to its nuclear program. A final text of the proposal has been distributed for review, and the delegates will meet again Tuesday to consider approving the agreement.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Kim Kye Gwan
AP Photo / Greg Baker

North Korea Agrees to Discuss Nukes if U.S. Eases Policy

North Korea’s nuclear envoy announced on Thursday that his government is prepared to discuss nuclear disarmament, provided the United States softens its approach: “We are going to make a judgment based on whether the United States will give up its hostile policy and come out toward peaceful coexistence.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


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