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North Korea says it has tested ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of “a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” the nation’s state media reported Friday, though it didn’t describe what sort of …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Kim Jong Un demands ‘goodwill measures’ as Koreas set summit

Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and the suspension of all future long-range missile tests and said he had faith to continue working with increasingly …


Fire at Hanford lab sends 2 workers to hospital

A fire at a laboratory on a former nuclear weapons production site has sent two workers to the hospital.


Top U.S., North Korean diplomats exchange pleasantries, barbs

Roller-coaster nuclear diplomacy between the United States and North Korea hit highs and lows on Saturday as the countries’ top diplomats traded polite words and barbs, leaving efforts to rid …


UPDATED: Sun., July 8, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

New Mexico nuclear weapons laboratory marks 75 years

The once-secret city of Los Alamos is marking 75 years of discovery at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which still plays a key role in maintaining the United States’ nuclear weapons …


N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Putin: New nuclear weapons to enter duty in next few years

President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military will start receiving new nuclear weapons in the coming years.


Pompeo: U.S. to help North Korea economy if it gives up nukes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered economic help Friday to impoverished North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons, as the two countries prepare for an historic summit between …


UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 1:34 p.m.

North Korea offers to give up nukes if U.S. vows not to attack

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that his country would be willing to give up its nuclear weapons if the U.S. …


Geologists say North Korea’s nuclear test site has collapsed

A study by Chinese geologists shows the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has collapsed under the stress of the explosions, rendering it unsafe for further testing and …


Analysis: Kim Jong Un tests Trump with latest nuke offer

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has finally broken his silence on what he plans to bring to the table during his summits with the South Korean and U.S. presidents, …


U.S. steps up lethal aide to Ukraine: 210 anti-tank missiles

The Trump administration told Congress on Thursday that it plans to sell Ukraine 210 anti-tank missiles to help it defend its territory from Russia, in a major escalation of U.S. …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

Putin shows new Russian nuclear weapons: ‘It isn’t a bluff’

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia has these new strategic weapons and many more, declaring: “No one has listened to us. You listen to us now.”


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Mattis: Proposed nuke missile is a bargaining chip

The Trump administration’s proposal to add a sea-launched cruise missile to the U.S. nuclear arsenal, criticized by some as overkill, is meant to provide new negotiating leverage to U.S. diplomats …


Little place for arms control in Trump’s nuclear strategy

There’s a place for arms control in the Trump administration’s new nuclear strategy. It’s a very small place.


Trump’s nuclear strategy seeks new weapons to counter Russia

With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies.


North Korea says it’s a ‘pipe dream’ that it will give up nukes

North Korea said it is a “pipe dream” for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons, and called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the …


Trial delayed again in lawsuit involving Hanford vapors

Trial in a federal court lawsuit over chemical vapors on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been delayed again.


Trump: China agrees North Korea nuclear weapon freeze not enough

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. and China agree that North Korea cannot just freeze its nuclear weapons program in exchange for concessions and that it must eliminate …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Retired U.S. general says nuclear launch order can be refused

A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by …


Trudy Rubin: Will Trump play North Korea roulette?

A snowball in hell probably has better prospects than a serious Trump effort at diplomacy, and he may leave empty-handed.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Trump strikes hard line against North Korea in Japan

President Donald Trump struck a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program Monday and urged Japan to do the same as he closed out two days of talks, dinner …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

CBO says $1.2 trillion needed for nuclear weapons overhaul

Congress’ budget analysts are putting a $1.2 trillion price tag on a long-term plan to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal that President Donald Trump inherited from his predecessor.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

Pence: Will keep pressuring North Korea to drop nuke plans

Vice President Mike Pence is headed for North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base, the second time in six weeks that a top Trump administration official has visited the nuclear weapons …


CIA head: North Korea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

Pelosi says Congress should weigh policy change on nukes

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is pushing Congress to pass a measure that the U.S. would not fire its nuclear weapons unless another country does so first.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

Trump vows to ‘fix the mess’ as U.S. targets North Korea banks

New U.S. sanctions will punish eight North Korean banks and 26 bank workers living abroad, the Trump administration announced Tuesday, in the first use of new sanctioning powers granted by …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

War in Korea? The scenarios are sobering

This is the way a nuclear war begins. Simulations of a war on the Korean peninsula usually start with a relatively minor incident at the demilitarized zone between South Korea …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

North Korean diplomat says Trump has ‘declared war’

North Korea’s top diplomat says President Donald Trump’s tweet that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” was a declaration of war against his country by the United …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

North Korea hits back at Trump, threatens H-bomb test in Pacific

Kim Jong Un on Friday described Donald Trump as “deranged” and Pyongyang’s foreign minister said North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific as the recalcitrant nation hit …