Tag: Nuclear Tests

A Supernova Was Hiding in Antarctica’s Snow

Earth is continuously plowing through extraterrestrial dust. Tens of thousands of tons of the stuff, mostly from asteroids and comets, settles all over the planet every year. We are the shoulder to a universe of dandruff. But even the faintest detritus has a story to tell. Recently, scientists analyzed dust collected from Antarctic snow and […]

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Russia’s Mystery Missile

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher At least seven people were killed by a mysterious explosion in northern Russia, and U.S. officials believe it happened during the test of a prototype of a nuclear-propelled cruise missile. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia […]

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Kim Jong-un’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

SEOUL, South Korea — Guess what country just issued stamps of Donald Trump? North Korea! Yes: An official postage stamp features grave-looking likenesses of President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, standing side by side. It commemorates their pleasantry-laden chitchat earlier this summer at Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone between the two […]

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What Happened at Russia’s Missile Test Site?

Nearly as soon as an explosion ripped through the Nenoksa Missile Test Site in northern Russia on Thursday, briefly raising radiation levels in the region, the Kremlin went into crisis mode. That, to anyone familiar with the immediate aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, means clamping down on information, insisting that nothing really bad happened, that […]

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Russia Confirms Radioactive Materials Were Involved in Deadly Blast

A mystery explosion at a Russian weapons testing range involved radioactive materials, the authorities admitted on Saturday, as the blast’s admitted death toll rose and signs of a creeping radiation emergency, or at the least fear of one, grew harder to mask. In a statement released at 1 a.m. Saturday, Russia’s nuclear energy company, Rosatom, […]

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North Korea Fires More Projectiles Ahead of Joint U.S.-South Korea Military Drill

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday launched two projectiles toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, days before the United States and South Korea were scheduled to begin a joint military exercise. The launch marked the fourth test of projectiles in 13 days by North Korea. The two projectiles were fired […]

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North Korea Launches More Missiles, U.S. Says, Amid Stalled Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — North Korea launched its third missile test in just over a week, in what President Trump described on Thursday as a test involving short-range missiles with which he had “no problem.” Defense Department officials said it appeared that two projectiles were launched, although it was unclear from where, or what type of missiles […]

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North Korea Tested New Ballistic Missile, South Says, Flouting U.N. Ban

SEOUL, South Korea — The two projectiles North Korea launched off its east coast on Thursday were a new type of short-range ballistic missile, the South Korean government said, acknowledging that the North was expanding its ability to deliver nuclear warheads as President Trump’s efforts to bring the country to the negotiating table remain stalled. […]

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North Korea Launches Two ‘Projectiles,’ South Korea Says

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired two projectiles off its east coast on Thursday amid stalled efforts to resume talks on ending the country’s nuclear weapons program, the South Korean military said. The projectiles were launched from Wonsan, a coastal town east of Pyongyang, the capital, and flew 430 kilometers, or 267 miles, before […]

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Kim Jong-un Inspects New Submarine That Could Increase Range of Missiles

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, has inspected a newly built submarine, the state news media reported on Tuesday, a provocative move as the United States struggles to resume dialogue on ending the country’s nuclear and missile threats. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the country planned to deploy the […]

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North Korea Warns U.S. to Quit Military Drills With South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday escalated its pressure on the United States to cancel a joint military drill with South Korea scheduled for next month, warning that it could scuttle efforts to resume dialogue with Washington and even prompt the North to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests. The vaguely worded threats […]

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Are We Headed for War With Iran?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the United States barreling toward war with Iran? This week on “The Argument,” Op-Ed columnist Bret Stephens joins his colleagues to discuss the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran — and […]

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South Korea to Send the North 50,000 Tons of Rice

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said on Wednesday that it would provide 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea, in the hope that the humanitarian aid will help persuade the North to return to talks on improving inter-Korean ties and ending its nuclear weapons program. Kim Yeon-chul, the South Korean unification minister, said the […]

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Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. And They’re Starting a New Global Arms Race.

This article is a collaboration between The Times Magazine and the Center for Public Integrity, where R. Jeffrey Smith is the managing editor for national security. On March 6, 2018, the grand ballroom at the Sphinx Club in Washington was packed with aerospace-industry executives waiting to hear from Michael D. Griffin. Weeks earlier, Secretary of […]

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Xi Jinping Will Make First Visit to North Korea Ahead of Meeting With Trump

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping of China plans to visit North Korea later this week, his first trip there as president and a surprise move shortly before President Trump and Mr. Xi are expected to meet at an economic summit. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has visited China four times in the past year. […]

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Will Arms Control Foes Take Aim at Another Treaty?

With the United States, Russia and China pouring billions of dollars into modernizing their military arsenals, the risk of a new arms race grows while the arms control system that has held off the threat of nuclear annihilation grows weaker. Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which eliminated American and Russian missiles in […]

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Russia Has Restarted Low-Yield Nuclear Tests, U.S. Believes

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration believes Russia has restarted very low-yield nuclear tests, officials said on Wednesday in a finding that could be used to renew in earnest the arms race between Moscow and Washington. But the significance of the statements by the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a senior National Security Council […]

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Trump and Abe’s ‘Unshakable Bond’ Shows Some Cracks in Tokyo

TOKYO — Standing at side-by-side lecterns inside the gilded Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan sought to show the world the strength of what Mr. Abe called their “unshakable bond.” The joint news conference that followed made it clear that being in lock step with Mr. […]

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