August 30, 2016
By William Lambers President Dwight Eisenhower had it right. He wanted to end nuclear weapons testing forever. Eisenhower wrote to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, "We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament. " Ike started the ball rolling toward ending nuke testing. His efforts, along with those of his successor John F. Kennedy, only led to a partial ban on testing.
June 19, 2015 |
THE CONTROVERSIAL parcel of land for which the Nutter administration wants to pay more than $7.2 million was once the site of a scrap-metal firm that dismantled a ship exposed to atomic-bomb tests in the Marshall Islands after World War II, the Daily News has learned. The USS Niagara, a wartime naval-transport ship, in July 1946 became a "target ship" in Operation Crossroads, in which the U.S. conducted atomic-bomb tests "using nuclear devices very similar to the one dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945," according to a document obtained from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
March 8, 2013
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, and a furious Pyongyang threatened a nuclear strike against the United States. The sanctions drafted by North Korea's closest ally, China, and the United States send a powerful message that the international community condemns Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear tests - and repeated violations of Security Council resolutions. "Adoption of the resolution itself is not enough," China's U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said.
February 13, 2013 |
The North Korean underground nuclear test confirmed by U.S. intelligence agencies Tuesday served as a stark reminder that the unpredictable, largely inscrutable government remains a wild card for President Obama's second term - a nuclear threat to U.S. allies in Asia and a potential arms merchant to the highest bidder. The timing of the nuclear test was interpreted in Washington as an attempt by North Korea's young new leader to upstage Obama before his State of the Union address. And the claim that it involved a smaller, lighter device - an important element of any deliverable weapon - suggested that the demonstration could be the most dangerous yet by Pyongyang.
November 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Satellite imagery indicates North Korea has been testing rocket engines, a sign that it continues to develop its long-range ballistic missiles, a U.S. academic institute said Monday. The analysis provided to the Associated Press is based on satellite images taken as recently as late September of the Sohae site on the secretive country's northwest coast. In April, the North launched a rocket from there in a failed attempt to propel a satellite into space in defiance of a U.N. ban. The analysis on the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which is called "38 North," said it remains unclear whether the North is preparing another rocket launch but predicted it may embark on rocket and nuclear tests in the first half of 2013.
March 29, 2012 |
At the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul this week, two states were notably absent: Iran and North Korea. As international pariahs under heavy sanctions, the two countries have much in common but one important difference: North Korea possesses nuclear weapons, while Iran does not. Washington must learn from its errors in handling North Korea to keep Iran from following the same course. It must engage Tehran to bring it back from the brink and into the international community. Since 9/11, the United States has attacked Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.
March 20, 2012 |
VIENNA - North Korea has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to return, three years after expelling its nuclear monitors, the agency said Monday. The United States said such a move would be welcome but remained critical of the North's missile test plans. Without disclosing the North's terms, IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said it received the invitation on Friday. That was the same day that Pyongyang announced it planned to test a missile by launching a satellite, a move that Washington has suggested could jeopardize a nuclear moratorium deal reached with the United States last month.
March 14, 2012 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran on Tuesday rejected allegations that it attempted to clean up radioactive traces possibly left by secret nuclear work at a key military site before granting U.N. inspectors permission to visit the facility. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in Tehran that the allegations were misleading and false, and insisted that such traces could not be cleaned up. Satellite images of Iran's Parchin military facility that circulated last week appeared to show trucks and earthmoving vehicles at the location.
February 26, 2012
N. Korea: No U.S. nuclear monopoly SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Saturday that "nuclear weapons are not the monopoly of the United States," a day after a U.S. special envoy reported after two days of talks with North Korean officials that there had been no change in their negotiating style on nuclear programs under its new leadership. "The U.S. is sadly mistaken if it thinks it is safe as its mainland is far away across the ocean," said officials in North Korea, which has conducted two nuclear tests since 2006 and has been developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.
June 9, 2011 |
VIENNA, Austria - An article on a Revolutionary Guard website praising the idea of Iran testing a nuclear bomb is raising alarms in Western intelligence circles, which interpret it as evidence of strong backing in the Islamic Republic for such a move. Titled "The Day After the First Iranian Nuclear Test - a Normal Day," the article coincides with other public or suspected activities that the United States and its allies see as indications that Tehran wants to possess atomic arms. "The day after the first Iranian nuclear test for us Iranians will be an ordinary day, but in the eyes of many of us, it will have a new shine, from the power and dignity of the nation," says the article published on the Gerdab site run by the Revolutionary Guard.