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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Putin offers U.S. an immediate extension to key nuclear pact

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is prepared to immediately extend a pivotal nuclear arms reduction pact with the U.S.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

High-risk demolition of former plutonium plant could resume

High-risk demolition of a former nuclear weapons production plant could resume next week, nearly two years after the most dangerous work was halted because of safety concerns.


Location of US nuclear weapons in Europe accidentally revealed in report from NATO body

A recently released - and subsequently deleted - document published by a NATO-affiliated body has sparked headlines in Europe with an apparent confirmation of a long-held open secret: U.S. nuclear …


Former US Sen. Richard Lugar, foreign policy expert, dies

Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, foreign policy expert, dies


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon

North Korea says it test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon” in an announcement possibly intended to register displeasure with deadlocked nuclear talks without causing those coveted negotiations to …


U.N. watchdog calls on North Korea to re-admit nuclear inspectors

The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog on Thursday called on North Korea to allow inspectors back into the country to monitor its nuclear program.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …