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US Ambassador, N. Korean Diplomat Bicker in Geneva Over Nukes

They traded barbs at disarmament conference Tuesday

(Newser) - As US athletes prepare to compete against North Koreans at the Olympics, officials from both countries are locked in a "diplomatic showdown," per Reuters . At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, US Ambassador Robert Wood said North Korea's nuclear program "must be completely, verifiably,... More »

Trump Wanted to Be Ambassador to USSR: Report

Nobel Prize winner met with Trump in 1986 to talk about Soviet leader

(Newser) - Donald Trump, already showing signs of "Russia mania," planned to ask President Reagan for an ambassadorship to the Soviet Union so he could negotiate nuclear disarmament. Or so a 95-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner tells the Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview. Bernard Lown, who invented the defibrillator,... More »

Obama's Going Wrong Way With America's Nukes

US could spend $1T on modernization in 30 years: NY Times

(Newser) - President Obama has been a voice for nuclear disarmament, and his administration has taken steps toward that goal—but the White House's latest move takes the US in the opposite direction, a New York Times editorial observes. Obama is undertaking major improvements to US nuclear weapons and facilities, spending... More »

Iran's Rouhani: Nuke Deal Already Boosting Economy

Plays up success of sanctions relief in face of critics

(Newser) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said today that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief. Rouhani told an open session of parliament that,... More »

Obama Eyes Nuke Cuts in Tough State of the Union

Obama set for 'aggressive' speech: Glenn Thrush

(Newser) - Tomorrow's State of the Union is shaping up to be a much tougher speech than we've seen in previous editions from President Obama, writes Glenn Thrush at Politico , calling it "less a presidential olive branch than a congressional cattle prod." Obama doesn't expect Congress to... More »

Obama Ready to Cut Nukes Again

President issues nuclear warnings to North Korea, Iran

(Newser) - President Obama still thinks we could stand to get rid of a bunch of our nukes, and has promised a renewed effort to cut American and Russian nuclear arsenals following 2010's START treaty . "We can already say with confidence that we have more nuclear weapons than we need,... More »

US Enters 2nd Day of North Korea Talks

Officials looking for concrete signs of change

(Newser) - US officials, heading into a second day of talks with North Korea today, are looking for concrete signs that the nuclear-armed country is willing to take "irreversible steps" to give up its nuclear weapons programs. The State Department called yesterday's five hours of talks "serious and business-like.... More »

North Korea's Top Nuclear Envoy to Engage in US Talks

Senior official will visit US this week

(Newser) - A senior North Korean official will visit the United States this week to discuss the possible resumption of long-stalled international negotiations on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today. Clinton's invitation for North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan to visit... More »

Koreas Hold 'Constructive' Nuke Talks

Set sights on resuming six-party meetings

(Newser) - Top officials from North and South Korea today met in what was the countries' first high-level meeting since 2008, holding productive nuclear talks in Indonesia, Reuters reports. “I had very constructive and useful conversations with my counterpart,” said South Korea's nuclear envoy. “We agreed to continue... More »

Pakistan Has More Than 100 Nukes: Experts

Doubled arsenal surpasses India's

(Newser) - Pakistan likely has more than 100 deployed nuclear weapons, or twice what it had just a few years ago, analysts tell the Washington Post . The country has sped up its uranium and plutonium production, and devised new delivery systems for it, pushing its nuclear capabilities ahead of India’s. That's... More »

START Clears Hurdle in Russian Parliament

But it'll need to do it twice more to pass it

(Newser) - The Russian parliament voted 350-58 to give its initial blessing to the START deal today, after the first of three required readings of the document. But it put off the other readings, and the final vote, until after a New Year’s vacation that ends Jan. 11, the AP reports.... More »

Jimmy Carter: It's Time for Direct Talks With N. Korea

Pyongyang keeps sending us the same message

(Newser) - Time after time, North Korea has relayed the same message: if the US will hold direct talks with Pyongyang, North Korea is “ready to conclude an agreement to end its nuclear programs, put them all under IAEA inspection and conclude a permanent peace treaty,” writes Jimmy Carter in... More »

US Joins Hiroshima Memorial Event for First Time

Ambassador present as city marks 65 years since atomic bomb

(Newser) - Hiroshima marked the 65th anniversary of its atomic bombing today with an official representative from the US in attendance for the first time. Ambassador John Roos said he hoped this year's event would boost world efforts towards nuclear disarmament, the AP reports. Fellow nuclear powers Britain and France also sent... More »

Pentagon Plans High-Speed Alternative to Nukes

'Prompt Global Strike' worries Russia

(Newser) - The White House is forging ahead with plans to develop a conventional weapon capable of striking anywhere on the planet with massive force in under an hour. The Prompt Global Strike plan stalled under the Bush administration, but President Obama has suggested it can be used to reduce America's nuclear... More »

Ahmadinejad: US Should Disarm First

He calls Americans hypocrites at rival nuclear summit

(Newser) - Iran held its own nuclear summit today and delivered a clear message to the US: Right back at ya. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for worldwide destruction of nuclear weapons and said the best place to start is with the US arsenal, reports the Washington Post . The demand drew applause from representatives... More »

Obama Tightens Limits on Use of Nuclear Weapons

Goes beyond Bush to limit nukes to 'primarily' deterring nuclear attack

(Newser) - Barack Obama will announce a new, stricter US nuclear weapons strategy today, declaring that “the fundamental role” of the US nuclear arsenal is to deter nuclear attacks. That’s a much narrower formulation than the US has ever had in the past—George W. Bush reserved the right to... More »

Obama, Medvedev Sign Off on Nuclear Treaty

Move a step toward repairing US-Russian relations

(Newser) - President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed today to sharp cuts in the nuclear arsenals of both nations in the most comprehensive arms control treaty in two decades. "We have turned words into action," Obama declared. He said the pact, to be signed April 8 in Prague,... More »

US, Russia Reach Deal on Cutting Nukes

Obama, Medvedev to sign treaty in 2 weeks in Prague

(Newser) - The US and Russia will drastically reduce their nuclear arsenals under a historic treaty to be signed next month. After long and trying negotiations, President Obama and Russian President Medvedev are to sign the treaty in two weeks in Prague, once final technical details are worked out. The accord is... More »

US, Russia Reportedly Agree to Nuclear Arms Treaty

Deal will be finalized in upcoming meeting between Obama, Medvedev

(Newser) - The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on "all documents" necessary to sign a new nuclear arms treaty, a senior Kremlin official said today, and the White House said the two nations are "very close" to signing it. President Obama spent an hour today in the... More »

Obama Sends Personal Letter to Kim Jong-Il

Missive delivered during envoy's visit to Pyongyang

(Newser) - President Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il as part of an intense effort to draw the reclusive nation back to nuclear disarmament talks, a senior State Department official says. The letter was delivered to North Korean officials last week by Obama's special envoy during... More »

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