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N. Korea: US Is 'More Vicious' Under Trump

Official says he's more 'aggressive' than Obama

(Newser) - North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the US was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership than it had been under President Obama. In an interview... More »

US Preparing for Preemptive Strike on North Korea: Report

Strike would be launched if officials believe nuclear weapons test is coming

(Newser) - The US is preparing to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea should the country appear ready to conduct a nuclear weapons test—something it may be considering doing as soon as this weekend. The information comes from "multiple senior US intelligence officials" speaking to NBC News . North Korea... More »

North Korea Promises 'Most Ruthless Blow' to US

Meanwhile, Trump may consider putting US nukes in South Korea

(Newser) - President Trump may be considering putting American nuclear missiles in South Korea—or even assassinating Kim Jong-un. Military and intelligence officials tell NBC News the National Security Council has presented Trump with options on responding to North Korea's refusal to curtail its nuclear program. The options all represent big... More »

As the World Starts Talks on Banning Nukes, US Boycotts

And it's not alone

(Newser) - Monday saw the start of UN talks focused on a noble goal: banning nuclear weapons across our planet. It was the result of a 2016 vote that saw more than 100 countries in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution to kick off such talks, which are aimed at ultimately... More »

Now Blowing Up YouTube: Secret Nuclear Test Footage

The films are being preserved by a weapons physicist before they decay

(Newser) - The US government has about 10,000 films of the 221 atmospheric nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1962, covering the destructive power from all sorts of angles and distances, Business Insider reports. But until recently those films were literally rotting away in top-secret storage. Gregg Spriggs, a weapons physicist... More »

Trump Offers 1st Thoughts on Nuclear Weapons as President

He wants the US nuclear arsenal to be 'top of the pack'

(Newser) - In an exclusive interview, President Trump tells Reuters he wants the US to be "top of the pack" when it comes to nuclear weapons. It's the first time Trump has discussed the American nuclear arsenal since becoming president. Trump says he would prefer a world with no nuclear... More »

Gorbachev: World Appears to Be Preparing for War

He wants Putin, Trump to act

(Newser) - Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who knows a thing or two about being in charge of a nuclear superpower, is very troubled by what he sees in the world today. "Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous," the former Soviet leader writes in Time... More »

Trump Will Get 'Sobering' Nuclear Briefing This Morning

He is about to get the 'nuclear football'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has got a busy schedule before his swearing-in as president Friday, with events including a prayer service, coffee with President Obama, and being briefed on having the power to destroy the planet as we know it. At some point Friday morning, the military officers in the Strategic Command... More »

Rick Perry Sorry He Wanted to Get Rid of Energy Dept.

Statements 'do not reflect my current thinking,' says appointee

(Newser) - Oops . Rick Perry, who famously pledged to get rid of the Energy Department while simultaneously forgetting its name in 2012, says he regrets that now that he's learned what the department actually does, the Washington Post reports. Perry is Donald Trump's pick to head the department, and... More »

Kim's New Year's Day Speech: 'Regrets,' 'Guilty Conscience'

As well as an announcement that N. Korea is in 'final stages' for ICBM test launch

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un was up bright and early New Year's Day to make his first announcement of 2017: that North Korea is in the "final stages" of development of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile and a test launch is imminent, ABC Australia reports. In his address on state... More »

Clinton Resurrects Famous Ad in New Spot Against Trump

The 'Daisy' girl is all grown up now

(Newser) - The Clinton campaign is going nuclear in a new ad against Donald Trump. The spot revisits the famous "Daisy" ad of 1964 in which a girl plucking a daisy is used to raise the specter of nuclear war, reports the Arizona Republic . (Here's the original .) Back then,... More »

Is Russia Revving Up for a Nuclear War?

They're certainly making a show of it, anyway

(Newser) - Russia's been conducting country-wide nuclear drills, the Wall Street Journal reports. The largest of the exercises, practicing civilian evacuation and sheltering procedures, involved 40 million people, and some bomb shelters are even getting upgrades. But does Russia actually expect to start a nuclear war with the US? Commentators are... More »

N. Korea: We'll Make Nuclear Strike First If We Have to

Warns it will take preemptive action if US, South Korea don't back off

(Newser) - A top North Korean official says that the US has nukes positioned off its coast aimed at "our country, our capital, and our Dear Leader," notes the country won't back down from this threat, and warns it might even take the first step if it feels provoked.... More »

North Korea Will Soon Have the Makings for 20 Nukes

It's producing 330 pounds of enriched uranium per year: report

(Newser) - If it doesn't already , North Korea will have the makings for 20 nuclear bombs by the end of the year, experts predict in a new report. The country is believed to be producing 330 pounds of highly enriched uranium per year at one or two sites—enough for six... More »

N. Korea Closer to Becoming International Nuclear Threat

Officials believe it's only a matter of time until it has long-range nuclear missile

(Newser) - North Korea may not be able to launch a nuclear attack on the US, but the Washington Post reports it's getting closer and closer to having that ability, as evidenced by Friday's nuclear test . “It’s a clear indication of progress towards developing a miniaturized nuclear warhead... More »

Quake Was North Korea's Biggest Nuclear Test Yet

Pyongyang says it has reached 'higher level'

(Newser) - In what Seoul called an act of "fanatic recklessness," North Korea carried out its biggest nuclear test yet early Friday, angering allies and enemies alike. The test registered as a 5.3-magnitude quake; Middlebury Institute expert Jeffrey Lewis tells Reuters that signals a blast of up to 30... More »

This Russian City Is Called the 'Graveyard of the Earth'

Welcome to City 40

(Newser) - On the face of it, the living is good in Ozersk, Russia. The 100,000 people living in the city tucked in the Ural Mountains have always had plenty of food, private apartments, well-regarded schools, and good healthcare—even when the rest of the country lived in poverty. But there... More »

Report: US Can't Protect Itself From North Korean Nuclear Attacks

American missile defense system is a 'disaster'

(Newser) - Uh-oh. A 60-page report released Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists says America's current defense system is "simply unable to protect the US public" from nuclear attacks by the likes of Iran and North Korea. The report calls the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GMD) a "system... More »

John Kerry Won't Say Sorry for Hiroshima

Secretary of State visits Japan for G7 meeting

(Newser) - One thing John Kerry won't do while visiting Hiroshima: say he's sorry. On Monday, the Secretary of State plans to visit a memorial and museum commemorating victims of the atomic bombing that left more than 100,000 dead in 1945—but a senior US official says there will... More »

Obama: ISIS Getting a Nuke 'Would Change Our World'

Obama asked world leaders to tighten security on nuclear materials

(Newser) - At a nuclear summit attended by more than 50 world leaders Friday in Washington DC, President Obama called the possibility of ISIS getting its hands on a nuclear weapon "one of the greatest threats to global security," the BBC reports. “There is no doubt that if these... More »

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