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A New 'Kraken'? Russians Rush to Name Doomsday Arms

How about 'Sanction'? Wink wink.

(Newser) - In just one day, the suggestions have been pouring in: "Kraken" for a new underwater drone capable of blasting coastlines with a powerful nuclear explosion. "Balalaika" for a futuristic nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of circling the globe. Russians are showering the Defense Ministry with proposed names for the... More »

Russian 'Doomsday Machine' Could Level US Cities

If it even exists

(Newser) - "The detonation of Status-6 in any [large US port city] would essentially wipe out their population into the far suburbs," says a senior analyst with the National Institute for Public Policy. Status-6—a mysterious Russian nuclear weapon described in the Nuclear Posture Review released Friday by the... More »

Trump to Kim: My Button Is Bigger Than Yours

'And my button works,' he tweets

(Newser) - President Trump fired back at Kim Jong Un's claim to have a nuclear button on his desk by telling the North Korean leader that his button is bigger—and more functional. Kim "just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'"... More »

N. Korea: Our Nukes Stay Until US Stops Its 'Blackmail'

And its 'war drills'

(Newser) - North Korea said Saturday it will never give up its nuclear weapons as long as the US and its allies continue their "blackmail and war drills" at its doorstep. The North's Korean Central News Agency took the oft-repeated stance as it reviewed its major nuclear weapons and missile... More »

How a Truck Driver Figured Out Complete Atomic Bomb Specs

NPR looks at John Coster-Mullen

(Newser) - That a man who worked as a trucker made a 1,300-mile drive is perhaps unremarkable. But John Coster-Mullen's destination, and motivation for heading there, were unusual. As NPR reports, Coster-Mullen in 1993 decided he could capitalize on the looming 50th anniversary of the atomic bombs that fell on... More »

Researcher: Radioactive Milk Killed Hordes of Americans

Keith Meyers argues the scale is like that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

(Newser) - One estimate puts the number of American thyroid cancer deaths tied to our decade-plus of above-ground nuclear testing at 49,000. University of Arizona economist Keith Meyers argues the number of deaths could be 14 times higher. Quartz shares the results of his study , which revolves around milk: specifically, the... More »

North Korean Defectors Reveal 'Ghost Disease' Back Home

They say people's health is suffering from radiation exposure due to country's nuclear tests

(Newser) - Horrific tales are being shared by North Korean defectors who fled their homes near the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, with stories of sickened residents and wildlife, and even a deformed baby born without genitals and murdered soon after birth. Lee Jeong Hwa, who got out in 2010 from her home... More »

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 »

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 »

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