April 27, 2013
George Bunn, 87, a leading figure in the field of arms control who helped draft and negotiate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, limiting the spread of nuclear weapons worldwide, died April 21 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He had spinal cancer, said his son Matthew Bunn. In 1945, while serving in the Navy, Mr. Bunn was on a ship bound for Japan when atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought an end to World War II. "He was convinced that the atomic bomb saved his life," his son said Thursday.
April 20, 2013 |
GENEVA - Ahead of a round of global nuclear talks, five major powers Friday labeled North Korea and Iran as "serious challenges" to the world's nuclear security, citing their repeated defiance of U.N. sanctions. Senior diplomats with the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members singled out North Korea's nuclear test in February and Iran's "continued pursuit of certain nuclear activities" as among the biggest threats to the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the world's most important pact on preventing the spread of nuclear arms.
April 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - North Korea likely has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile, according to a new assessment by the Pentagon's intelligence arm that comes amid growing alarm over Pyongyang's warmongering. The conclusion by the Defense Intelligence Agency said the weapon would have "low reliability," but the disclosure during a congressional hearing Thursday is likely to raise fresh concerns about North Korea's capabilities and intentions. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.)
April 12, 2013 |
What to do about Kim Jong-un, the world's greatest showman, who is noisily threatening a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula and preparing to test a missile that could reach Guam? Politicians and pundits are furiously debating the answer, but I've heard no ideas likely to persuade North Korea's twenty-something leader to behave better. That is, until Tuesday, when a prominent South Korean legislator suggested a response that would be bitterly opposed by Washington (and Beijing and Pyongyang)
April 6, 2013 |
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Iran and world powers trying to curb Iran's nuclear progress are coming to the negotiating table this week with the window shrinking on diplomacy. Tehran is moving closer to the ability to make atomic arms, and that risks the threat of Mideast conflict. Israel says the Islamic Republic is only a few months away from the threshold of having material to turn into a bomb and has vowed to use all means to prevent it from reaching that point. The United States has not said what its "red line" is, but has said it would not tolerate an Iran armed with nuclear weapons.
April 3, 2013
ACCOMAC, Va. - A former volunteer firefighter and his girlfriend were arrested Tuesday and are suspected of setting a majority of the 70 recent arsons on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Charles R. Smith III, who served as captain of the Tasley Volunteer Fire Department several years ago, and his girlfriend, Tonya S. Bundick, were arrested early Tuesday, shortly after an abandoned residence was set ablaze. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the pair are believed to be responsible for most of the fires set since November.
April 3, 2013 |
SEOUL, South Korea - After weeks of war-like rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered legislators Monday for an annual spring parliamentary session taking place one day after top party officials adopted a statement declaring building nuclear weapons and the economy the nation's top priorities. The meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly follows near-daily threats from Pyongyang, including vows of nuclear strikes on South Korea and the United States. Pyongyang has reacted with anger over routine U.S.-South Korean military drills and a new round of U.N. and U.S. sanctions that followed its Feb. 12 underground nuclear test, the country's third.
March 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An erratic North Korea, with its nuclear weapons and increasingly belligerent tone, poses a serious threat to the United States and East Asia nations, the director of National Intelligence warned Tuesday in the annual accounting of threats worldwide. In his extensive overview, James R. Clapper told Congress that a less decentralized terrorist network had significantly altered the threats, while the Arab Spring uprising had created spikes in the dangers facing U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa.
February 23, 2013
Disarming for a safer world The plan approved by President Obama for a further reduction in the nation's nuclear arsenal would serve American and global security. We have seen again in Mali and Algeria that extremists targeting Western interests care nothing about nuclear weapons and are not deterred by nuclear arsenals. Nuclear weapons, after all, cannot defend an oil refinery, or an American military base in, say, Kuwait. Only good intelligence and good relations can do that.
February 18, 2013
Iranian: Nuclear arms not a goal TEHRAN, Iran - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said Saturday that his country was not seeking nuclear weapons, but that if Tehran intended to build them, the United States couldn't stop it. Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, also rejected direct talks with the U.S. over its nuclear program. "We believe nuclear weapons must be abolished and we have no intention of building" such weaponry, Khamenei said in remarks posted on his website.