Tag: Nuclear Weapons

Trump Makes Japan an Offer It Can’t Refuse

NATO has faced plenty of existential scares in the era of President Donald Trump, but now the United States’ longstanding allies in East Asia have become victims of the president’s haphazard transactional worldview. Last week, Trump announced that he would seek a fivefold increase in the nearly $1 billion a year South Korea contributes to […]

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Don’t Let the New START Treaty Lapse

The New START Treaty, the last and most important nuclear arms limitation agreement still in force between Russia and the United States, expires early in 2021. Perhaps it can be extended. But it has long been criticized by the Trump administration, on two points: The treaty does not limit new nuclear weapon systems that the […]

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Pompeo Urges the World to Counter Iran’s ‘Nuclear Extortion’

Iran is moving toward being able to develop a nuclear weapon in a short time frame, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, calling Tehran’s actions to expand its nuclear program “extortion” that should inspire “all nations” to increase pressure. Iran said this week that it had increased its supply of advanced centrifuges and […]

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Iran Steps Further From Nuclear Deal With Move on Centrifuges

In an effort to counter American sanctions, Iran will pull further away from a landmark nuclear accord signed four years ago, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, announcing that the country would inject uranium gas into more than 1,000 centrifuges. Injecting the gas is a step toward uranium enrichment, which in turn moves Iran closer […]

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Keep American Skies Open to Russia

If you’re a nuclear superpower and you’re trying to convince the only other nuclear superpower that you’re not about to attack them, what can you do to build that trust? This was one key problem of the early Cold War, when both the United States and the Soviet Union were in effect learning what nuclear […]

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Update Complete: U.S. Nuclear Weapons No Longer Need Floppy Disks

Rest easy, people of Earth: The United States’ nuclear arsenal will no longer rely on a computer system that uses eight-inch floppy disks, in an update the Defense Department has cast as a step into the future but which some observers might be surprised to learn was required at all. The system, called Strategic Automated […]

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Erdogan’s Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons.

WASHINGTON — Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants more than control over a wide swath of Syria along his country’s border. He says he wants the Bomb. In the weeks leading up to his order to launch the military across the border to clear Kurdish areas, Mr. Erdogan made no secret of his larger ambition. […]

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Everyone Is Dead, but the Pizza Oven Works

“Larry Hall touts his condominium’s high ceilings and spacious living rooms. Then there are the swimming pool, saunas and movie theater. But what really sets the development apart, in his view, is its ability to survive the apocalypse.” (The New York Times) ImageCreditIllustrations by George Wylesol Exquisite perch over smoldering ashes, available for swap or […]

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Why Are U.S. Nuclear Bombs Still in Turkey?

The American relationship with Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey has been fraught for half a decade, but never this bad. Last week, American troops were intentionally targeted by Turkish artillery units in Northern Syria as Erdogan’s forces advanced and President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. into a unilateral withdrawal. The Pentagon sternly warned that Turkey’s troops […]

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It’s Time to Talk to Iran

This month, six years ago, we were in the midst of secret talks with Iran that led to the comprehensive nuclear agreement. It was a moment when diplomacy carried considerable risk, and considerable promise. Today, the promise has faded, and the risk is accelerating. The consequences of the Trump administration’s foolish decision to abandon that […]

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Giuliani Pressed for Turkish Prisoner Swap in Oval Office Meeting

During a contentious Oval Office meeting with President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017, Rudolph W. Giuliani pressed for help in securing the release of a jailed client, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, as part of a potential prisoner swap with Turkey. The request by Mr. Giuliani provoked an immediate objection from Mr. […]

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North Korea Rules Out Quick Resumption of ‘Nauseating’ Talks with U.S.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Sunday that it had no desire to engage in “nauseating negotiations” with the United States anymore, rejecting Washington’s suggestion that negotiators from both countries meet again in Stockholm in two weeks. In a statement issued a day after bilateral talks broke down in Stockholm on Saturday, the […]

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U.S. Nuclear Talks With North Korea Break Down in Hours

The first negotiations in eight months between the Trump administration and North Korea on carrying out commitments to begin dismantling the North’s nuclear program broke down only hours after they began in Stockholm on Saturday, the North Koreans said. It was the latest indication that President Trump’s signature diplomatic initiative has stalled. “The negotiation did […]

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Rick Perry Is Said to Be Stepping Down as Energy Secretary by Year’s End

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has aggressively promoted President Trump’s fossil fuel agenda, is planning to step down by December, ending his run as one of the longest-serving cabinet members in a tumultuous administration, according to two people […]

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North Korea and U.S. Say Official Talks Will Resume in Days

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume a long-stalled official dialogue this weekend in an effort to narrow their differences on how to terminate the North’s nuclear weapons program, officials of both countries said on Tuesday. “I can confirm that U.S. and D.P.R.K. officials plan to meet within […]

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How Iran’s President Left Trump Hanging, and Macron in the Hall

The telephone line had been secretly set up. President Trump waited on the other end. All President Hassan Rouhani of Iran had to do was come out of his hotel suite and walk into a secure room where Mr. Trump’s voice would be piped in via speaker. Mr. Rouhani and his aides were blindsided by […]

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Trump’s Nuclear China Option

On October 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping will preside over a major military parade in Beijing to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The parade will culminate with the unveiling of some pretty impressive weapons, including the Dong Feng 41 intercontinental-range ballistic missile—one of China’s longest-range missiles, capable […]

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Will Trump’s Bluster Force His Hand on Iran?

The only solace in the current American standoff with Iran is that President Trump seems not to want to risk a war. That is of some comfort in a crisis that has left the United States looking weak and untrustworthy. But the crisis could still descend into armed conflict, and that is largely attributable to […]

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In Clashing Accounts, Trump and Rouhani Explain Why U.N. Meeting Fell Through

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said Friday that President Trump had offered to meet with him at the United Nations this week and then lift all sanctions, but that Mr. Rouhani declined because the “optics” of such a meeting were unacceptable. Mr. Rouhani’s assertions, reported on his website as he returned home from the United […]

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The United Nations General Assembly: Live Updates

Day 1 of speeches at the General Assembly: Leading off the day: four bombastic presidents, bookended by Brexit’s chief advocate. ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain during the Climate Action Summit. The summit meeting was held at the United Nations ahead of the General Assembly plenary.   CreditTimothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President Trump […]

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The Urgent Search for a Cyber Silver Bullet Against Iran

WASHINGTON — After spending billions of dollars to assemble the world’s most potent arsenal of cyberweapons and plant them in networks around the world, United States Cyber Command — and the new era of warfighting it has come to represent — may face a critical test in the coming weeks. President Trump is considering a […]

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