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As Number of US, Russia Nukes Falls, Lethality Rises

Modernization means countries' arsenals are growing more deadly: Reuters

(Newser) - President Trump's policy goals show he aims to dismantle much of President Obama's legacy, but there's one element of that legacy he's embracing: a nuclear modernization program that Scot Paltrow at Reuters writes is leading to a new arms race. In the lengthy piece, Paltrow explains... More »

Trump Makes Bold Claim About US Nuclear Arsenal

Claims his order made it 'more powerful than ever'

(Newser) - President Trump doesn't appear to be heeding calls to end his rhetoric in regard to North Korea. In a pair of tweets, he boasted about America's nuclear prowess. "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal," he tweeted . "It is... More »

Trump Calls for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal

Until 'the world comes to its senses regarding nukes'

(Newser) - Donald Trump generated headlines Thursday with a tweet, though this one wasn't about the media or a political rival—it was about nuclear weapons. "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,"... More »

Among Our Big Nuclear Problems: a Single Wrench

Billions may be required to fix the decaying weapons stockpile

(Newser) - Just 10 days before the deadline to wrap up nuclear negotiations with Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce today that there are "systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise," at least according to two Pentagon studies. Senior defense officials tell the New York Times that academic... More »

Japan to US: Have Our Nuclear Cache

Japan to hand over plutonium, uranium to be converted into ' less sensitive forms'

(Newser) - A big win for President Obama: Japan today announced it will hand over some 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium as well as an estimated 450 pounds of highly enriched uranium to the US, reports the New York Times , which calls it the "biggest single success in President Obama's... More »

34 Air Force Nuke Officers Cheated on Exam

Cheating scandal is not to be confused with the drug scandal

(Newser) - Drug use , cheating on a big exam via phone texts—the allegations sound like run-of-the-mill stuff for your typical high school. Except that in this case, the accused are Air Force officers charged with watching the nation's nuclear arsenal. In the latest round of bad news for the... 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 »

WikiLeaks: US Gave Russia Details on UK's Nuke Arsenal

American negotiators reportedly gave up serial numbers of Trident missiles

(Newser) - Now that the "New Start" treaty between US and Russia is in effect , just how did it come to be? The Telegraph says the US got Moscow to play along by giving up some of Britain's nuclear secrets. Citing WikiLeaks documents, it says the US turned over the serial... More »

US Was Behind Stuxnet Worm: Iran

Chief negotiator says Iran's not the only one susceptible to cyberattack

(Newser) - Right on the heels of reports that the US and Israel were in cahoots in testing Stuxnet, Iran's chief negotiator is blaming the US for derailing what he calls a peaceful nuclear program, NBC reports. Saed Jalilli said Iranian investigators had found what he deemed sufficient proof that the US... More »

What the START Treaty Actually Does

Us-Russian treaty expected to pass today

(Newser) - START, the US’ new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, is expected to pass today, after a good bit of political wrangling . So just what does this new treaty mean? The AP breaks it down:
  • Limits on nuclear weapons: Each side will have to reduce their ready-to-launch nuclear arsenals to a
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Kissinger, Powell, et Al.: Ratify New START

Kissinger, Powell, Baker call on Senate for 'essential' vote

(Newser) - The New START treaty got some serious firepower behind it this morning, with the past five Republican secretaries of state writing a Washington Post op-ed in its support. "Although each of us had initial questions about New START," write Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker III, Lawrence Eagleburger... More »

UK, France May Combine Nukes in Budget Move

Nations might collaborate on single nuclear sub patrol

(Newser) - Sweeping cuts to military budgets in both countries are forcing old rivals Britain and France to consider adopting history's first nuke-share program. The idea of a shared nuclear deterrent—dismissed as politically unfeasible earlier this year—will be back on the table at the annual Franco-British summit next month, according... More »

North Korea Is Talking: Let's Listen

Pyongyang sending 'strong signals' it wants to deal

(Newser) - Now that he's back from North Korea, Jimmy Carter says Kim Jong Il is showing "clear, strong signals" that he's ready to deal (again) on his nuclear arsenal. Kim delivered the same message to Beijing, writes Carter, which is why China is pushing for the resumption of six-party talks.... More »

Obama's Nuke Plan Is 'Insane'

The president's approach is 'strategically loopy' and 'morally bankrupt,' too

(Newser) - Obama's new approach to nukes is fundamentally flawed, writes Charles Krauthammer. Under the old doctrine, would-be aggressors faced the threat of a cataclysmic nuclear response. Now, even if America is attacked by bio-weapons, we can't use nukes unless the attacker failed to comply with treaty obligations. The plan is "... 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 Will Pare US Nuclear Arsenal Further

Statement, out tomorrow, will also narrow possible uses

(Newser) - Ahead of signing a new arms treaty with Russia on Thursday, President Obama will announce tomorrow a further reduction of the US nuclear-weapons arsenal, and further restrict how the arms may be used. The Nuclear Posture Review will tone down Bush-era rhetoric, and, analysts tell the Los Angeles Times , give... More »

Ahmadinejad: Sanctions Will Help, Not Hurt

Criticizes Obama's 'three or four beautiful words'

(Newser) - Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that new international sanctions would only strengthen the country's technological progress by encouraging it to become more self-sufficient. In a speech, Ahmadinejad also rejected President Obama's offers of engagement, saying "three or four beautiful words" don't mean US policies have changed under his administration. 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 »

White House Overhauls Nuclear Strategy

New focus on arms control, nonproliferation

(Newser) - As the White House hammers out details of Obama's nuclear strategy, it's clear the president is making an about-face on many Bush policies, but not it's clear whether his approach will be dovish enough to please his base. The new strategy will commit the US to not developing any new... More »

Iran Balks at UN Plan on Nukes

Now wants to buy fuel, not ship uranium to Russia for enrichment

(Newser) - State TV says Iran wants to buy nuclear fuel it needs for a research reactor rather than accept the UN deal negotiated earlier this week, in which much of Iran's uranium would be shipped to Russia for further enrichment. The response will come as a disappointment to the US, Russia,... More »

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