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Putin Pokes Fun at Official US Seal During Bolton Meeting

He had a question about the eagle

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin poked fun at the official seal of the United States while hosting President Trump's national security adviser Tuesday, saying he wondered if the American eagle had plucked all the olives from the branch in its talon. While sitting down with John Bolton at the Kremlin,... More »

Trump Says US Will Build Up Nukes After Pact Pullout

The president says he wants countries like China and Russia to come to their senses

(Newser) - President Trump issued a warning on Monday to world players: until you follow our rules, we'll be building more nukes. After announcing over the weekend that the US will pull out of the decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, Trump told reporters "until people come to their... More »

'Hero' Who Foiled Nazis' Nuclear Dreams Dies

Joachim Roenneberg, who led Norway's 'most successful sabotage,' dies at 99

(Newser) - It was said to be a "near-suicide mission," and a previous attempt saw dozens of men killed and captured by the Nazis. But the "Operation Gunnerside" raid in World War II on a Norwegian plant making heavy water—a hydrogen-filled substance that could eventually have been used... More »

Gorbachev: Trump's Move 'Not the Work of a Great Mind'

He's alarmed by plan to pull out of nuke treaty

(Newser) - Mikhail Gorbachev is puzzled and alarmed by President Trump's plan to pull the US out of a treaty that is part of his—and Ronald Reagan's—legacy. The 87-year-old former Soviet leader told Russia's Interfax news agency Sunday that Trump's move to scrap the Intermediate-Range Nuclear... More »

Russia to Trump: Treaty Pullout a 'Very Dangerous Step'

Britain 'absolutely' stands with White House, while Germany calls the move 'regrettable'

(Newser) - A day after President Trump announced his intention to scrap a landmark arms control deal with Russia, the Kremlin called the pullout "a very dangerous step." Trump is sending national security adviser John Bolton to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security... More »

Trump to Pull US Out of Nuke Pact With Russia

The president accused Moscow of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Saturday he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated the agreement. The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East, prohibits the United States and Russia... More »

Japan Had a Big Plan. Now It Just Has a Lot of Plutonium

Its plan to recycle and use it has been fraught with problems

(Newser) - Here's a weird consequence of the 2011 Fukushima disaster: Japan has ended up with enough plutonium to make thousands of nuclear bombs, and its stockpile is raising tensions. The backstory begins decades before the quake, reports the New York Times in a look at the situation: As Japan warmed... More »

7 Countries Join US on North Korea Mission

The plan: Stop anyone violating UN sanctions

(Newser) - Smugglers, watch out: Washington is forming an international coalition to better spot ships sneaking fuel into North Korea against UN sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 50 people from the allied nations—including Japan, South Korea, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and a member from France—will be... More »

If a Nuke Hit, US Wouldn't Be Ready

Lack of trained medical personnel is a big issue

(Newser) - Since the fall of the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago, the US has shifted from preparing for large-scale thermonuclear war to preparing for a much smaller attack with a radioactive dirty bomb. But as North Korea seemingly continues with efforts to develop long-range nuclear weapons , "the threat picture... More »

Top US General: N. Korea Hasn't Nixed Nuke Production

'Production capability is still intact,' Army Gen. Vincent Brooks says

(Newser) - President Trump declared North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat" after his summit last month with Kim Jong Un, but the latest assessment from the Korean Peninsula's top US military commander offers a different take. The North's nuclear "production capability is still intact," Army... More »

US Officials: N. Korea 'Trying to Deceive the US'

Sources tell NBC News that intelligence report suggests multiple sites boosting nuclear fuel output

(Newser) - Just a little over two weeks ago, President Trump tweeted , "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," touting a vague agreement between the US and North Korea to work toward denuclearization. Many noted his post-summit declaration was unlikely, and recent satellite images lent credence to... More »

N. Korea's New Move Assures Some, Concerns Others

It appears to be dismantling Punggye-ri nuclear-test site, but experts aren't so sure

(Newser) - Satellite imagery shows North Korea has already begun dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear-test site ahead of a promise to destroy it entirely in front of international journalists. The removal of buildings and rail lines observed by 38 North on May 7 appear in line with Kim Jong Un's promise over... More »

Trump Aides Aren't Buying North Korean Olive Branch

It's just a modest offer, they say

(Newser) - President Trump's aides aren't exactly buying all the good vibes around Pyongyang's offer to freeze nuclear weapons testing, the Washington Post reports. Unnamed by the Post, these aides see Kim Jong Un's promise to stop tests and close a nuclear facility as important for what it'... More »

Russia Says It Just Launched Something Worse Than 'Satan'

'Satan 2' ICBM reportedly given a test launch

(Newser) - Russia has successfully tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the country's military said Friday. The Defense Ministry said the launch from Plesetsk in northwestern Russia tested the Sarmat missile's performance in the initial stage of its flight, the AP reports. Sarmat is intended to replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda,... More »

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 »

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