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General Wouldn't Follow Trump Order for 'Illegal' Nuclear Strike

'It's not that complicated,' says head of US Strategic Command

(Newser) - The commander of US Strategic Command says he wouldn't launch a nuclear strike he believed to be "illegal" if ordered to do so by President Trump, CBS News reports. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the top US nuclear commander, says he doesn't take the responsibility lightly. "... More »

North Korea: US Ramping Up Threat of Nuclear War

Three US aircraft carrier groups are in the western Pacific for the first time in a decade

(Newser) - North Korea says the unprecedented deployment of three US aircraft carrier groups "taking up a strike posture" around the Korean peninsula is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war will break out, the AP reports. North Korea's UN ambassador, Ja Song Nam, said in a letter to... More »

In South Korea, Trump Tells Pyongyang It's Time for a Deal

He's on the 2nd country of 5-nation trip

(Newser) - President Trump is in South Korea—and he hasn't repeated his rhetoric about bringing "fire and fury" down on its northern neighbor. In a joint press conference with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Trump said he'd seen a "lot of progress" in dealing with Pyongyang... More »

Report: US May Put B-52s on 24-Hour Nuclear Alert

Jets armed with nukes would be ready to go at a moment's notice, if order goes through

(Newser) - The security site Defense One reports that the Air Force is considering putting nuclear-armed bomber planes back on 24-hour notice, something that hasn't been in effect since the Cold War. The site emphasizes that no such order has yet been given, but it quotes Air Force chief of staff... More »

Trump Won't Recertify Nukes Deal With 'Fanatical' Iran Regime

It's all back in the hands of Congress—for now

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday angrily accused Iran of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, accusing it of a long list of malign behavior, hitting its main military wing with terrorism sanctions, and refusing to recertify that Iran is adhering to the deal. But breaking with a campaign... More »

This Meeting Is the One That Allegedly Led to 'Moron' Comment

NBC reports Trump suggested the US should have more nukes; president calls it fake news

(Newser) - One of the big Trump headlines Wednesday comes courtesy of NBC News , which reports that the president said he wanted "what amounted to a nearly tenfold" increase in the number of nuclear warheads in the US arsenal. The report, based on three anonymous sources, said that Trump saw a... More »

'90% of Bikinians Have Never Seen Bikini. It's a Legend'

In Pacific, rising tensions evoke troubling nuclear legacy

(Newser) - As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing. With fewer than 150 people on the remote Pacific island it was a close community, he says, with few signs of the former US nuclear testing program other than... More »

318 Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, ICAN Wins It

Honored for 'its inspiring and innovative support for UN negotiations' on nukes

(Newser) - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee honored the Geneva-based group "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of... More »

Trump Shows North Korea His Bite

Signs an executive order that widens sanctions

(Newser) - North Korea may have called President Trump a barking dog , but now it's seeing his bite. Trump on Thursday made a move to tighten the "economic noose" around the country, as the AP puts it, by ramping up sanctions against the Hermit Kingdom. The BBC reports he signed... More »

Some Good News in Watchdog's Count of World's Nukes

But Stockholm International Peace Research Institute sounds a note of caution

(Newser) - The global number of nuclear warheads dropped last year, but it seems China, India, North Korea, and Pakistan are expanding the size of their atomic arsenals, a Swedish arms watchdog said Thursday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says that as of January 2017, the United States, Russia, Britain, France,... More »

China Worried Nuclear Fallout Could Force Hand on North Korea

But it's still publicly committed to peaceful talks

(Newser) - North Korea has put China in a difficult spot with its latest nuclear test. And that spot will only get more difficult if radioactive contamination suddenly turns up in China. The Wall Street Journal reports China is stepping up its radiation monitoring in the wake of last weekend's North... More »

Landslides Suggest N. Korea's Latest Test Was a Monster

First satellite images back up claims it was the North's biggest test yet

(Newser) - Two developments on the North Korean front: sobering confirmation of how just how powerful the last test was, and more words of caution from Vladimir Putin. In an analysis for 38 North , three scientists say commercial satellite images taken a day after the test show several landslides around the Punggye-ri... More »

Mattis Warns of 'Massive' Response to North Korean Threat

Defense Secretary did not mince words on protection of US, allies

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday shot back at North Korea's latest nuclear provocation with a blunt threat, saying the US will answer any North Korean threat with a "massive military response — a response both effective and overwhelming." While he said America does not seek the... More »

Atomic Bomb Survivor Dies After Life Fighting to Ban Nukes

Sumiteru Taniguchi was 88

(Newser) - Sumiteru Taniguchi, who devoted his life to seeking to abolish nuclear weapons after he was burned severely in the 1945 atomic bomb attack on his hometown of Nagasaki, died Wednesday of cancer, the AP reports. He was 88. Taniguchi died at a hospital in Nagasaki of cancer of the duodenal... More »

For North Korea, Nuclear Strike May Not Be Suicide After All

Inside a North Korean 'theory of victory'

(Newser) - "Are we really willing to risk Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation for an attack on a US military base in the region? Probably not," nuclear strategy specialist Vipin Narang tells the AP . And that's exactly the calculation that gives North Korea a small shot at "... More »

In One State, It's Illegal to Plan for a Nuclear Attack

Washington state passed the law to celebrate end of Cold War

(Newser) - "Our area will be in the forefront of any nuclear exchange, whether it involves North Korea, China, or Russia," a Seattle-area anti-nuclear activist tells the Los Angeles Times . About 20 miles west of Seattle is Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, home to the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in... More »

North Korea Details Guam Strike Plan

Pyongyang calls Trump 'bereft of reason'

(Newser) - North Korea took things up yet another notch Thursday by issuing detailed plans for a strike near Guam —and some insults directed at President Trump. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said a plan to fire four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles into waters 25 miles off Guam will... 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 Warns North Korea of 'Fire and Fury'

He speaks after report of big advance by North on nuclear capability

(Newser) - The Washington Post is out with a chilling report about North Korea's nuclear capabilities: It says Pyongyang has figured out how to make a nuclear warhead small enough to be carried by a missile. The news comes from a newly completed assessment by US intelligence officials, and it suggests... More »

North Korea Could Hit US With Nuke Sooner Than Expected

According to confidential assessment form Pentagon

(Newser) - North Korea could be able to strike the US with nuclear weapons a whole lot sooner than previously believed, the Washington Post reports. The Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency in a confidential assessment concluded North Korea could have a "reliable, nuclear-capable ICBM" in 2018. Officials say North Korea is... More »

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