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US Secretly Sends Ukraine's Uranium to Russia

...in an effort to destroy it

(Newser) - The US carried out a secret operation this week in which 110 pounds of highly enriched uranium—enough to make two atomic bombs—were sent from Ukraine to Russia, as part of the Obama administration’s not-at-all secret push to secure the world’s nuclear material. Russia intends to blend... More »

Sarah Palin to Senate: Vote Down New START

Former Alaska guv believes new treaty 'makes no strategic sense'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin comes out swinging against New START, the nuclear arms reduction treaty currently being considered for ratification by the Senate, in a National Review op-ed. The treaty is not "in America's interest," the former Alaska governor writes, as it "requires the US to reduce our nuclear... More »

Let's Nuke the Oil Spill—Literally

Because BP's self-serving repair attempts are laughable

(Newser) - Nearly a month into the BP oil spill disaster, it's time to get serious. It's time to blow the well shut with a nuclear weapon, argues nuclear policy scholar Christopher Brownfield—seriously. So far, BP's been trying to clumsily fix the well rather than destroy it, most recently using a... More »

Obama Warns of Terrorist Nuke Threat

Detonation would be 'devastating'

(Newser) - President Obama warned of the nuclear weapons threat posed by terrorists on the eve of an international summit on nuclear security in Washington. The leaders of nearly 50 countries meet today to discuss how best to secure unaccounted-for nuclear materials, ABC News reports. “We know that organizations like al... 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 Smackdown: 'Sarah Palin's No Expert'

Who's getting punched in the face now?

(Newser) - Sarah Palin might think Barack Obama's asking for a "punch in the face," but she's the one who was smacked down by the president in an interview yesterday. "Last time I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear weapons," said Obama in a... More »

Obama, Medvedev Sign Historic Nuke Pact

Treaty reduces the number of long-range nuclear weapons

(Newser) - Barack Obama and Dmitri Medvedev today agreed to trim their nuclear arsenals to the lowest level in 50 years, reports the New York Times . If ratified, the treaty would limit each country to 1,500 strategic warheads. The Treaty of Moscow, signed in 2002, limited them to 2000 apiece. Each... More »

Palin: Obama Asking for Punch in the Face

Nuke policy is asking for trouble, she tells Sean Hannity

(Newser) - President Obama's nuclear weapons reduction policy is "like a kid asking for a punch in the face," Sarah Palin said yesterday. "It's unbelievable," Palin told Sean Hannity. "It's like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one... More »

Iran's Nukes in Rabbit Warren of Tunnels, Bunkers

Hidden arsenal complicates nuclear standoff

(Newser) - Iran is using a network of tunnels and bunkers to shield its atomic complex, obscuring the size of its arsenal and complicating calls for military action against the rogue state. Military experts from the United States and Israel say a well-hidden nuclear program is especially hard to take down. "... More »

Military Stymies Obama Nuke Reduction Plan

Catches lurk everywhere, from stockpile to strategy

(Newser) - A truculent military and national security apparatus has bogged down President Obama’s push to reconsider the size and mission of the US nuclear arsenal, just as it did during the Clinton administration. Insiders tell the Los Angeles Times that there are multiple areas of concern, including how much of... More »

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