Tag: Arms Control and Limitation and Disarmament

South Korea Inaugurates Yoon Suk-yeol as President

SEOUL — Yoon Suk-yeol, the new president of South Korea, was sworn into office in Seoul on Tuesday, using his inaugural speech to make promises to heal political and economic divides at home, to fight for international norms and to offer an ambitious package of economic incentives to North Korea. Mr. Yoon is taking office […]

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South Korea Inaugurates Yoon Suk-yeol as President

SEOUL — Yoon Suk-yeol, the new president of South Korea, was sworn into office in Seoul on Tuesday, using his inaugural speech to make promises to heal political and economic divides at home, to fight for international norms and to offer an ambitious package of economic incentives to North Korea. Mr. Yoon is taking office […]

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Ukraine’s Battlefield Is Haunted by Putin’s Chemical Weapons Legacy

In September 2017, as President Vladimir V. Putin presided over the televised destruction of what he called the last of Russia’s chemical arms, he hailed their elimination as “a huge step towards making the modern world more balanced and safe.” Now, years later, President Biden and Western leaders are warning that Russia may carry out […]

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This Is What It’s Like to Witness a Nuclear Explosion

In the early days of his war against Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin told the world that he had ordered his nation’s nuclear forces to a higher state of readiness. Ever since, pundits, generals and politicians have speculated about what would happen if the Russian military used a nuclear weapon. What would NATO do? Should the […]

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A New Iran Deal Leaves Us Meeker and Weaker

What does President Biden think he will get out of a new nuclear deal with Iran? A year ago, the answer seemed reasonably clear to the administration: Tehran had responded to Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the original 2015 deal — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or J.C.P.O.A. — by […]

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A New Iran Deal Leaves Us Meeker and Weaker

What does President Biden think he will get out of a new nuclear deal with Iran? A year ago, the answer seemed reasonably clear to the administration: Tehran had responded to Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the original 2015 deal — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or J.C.P.O.A. — by […]

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Transgender Youths Become a Political Issue in Texas

To the Editor: Re “Texas Court Halts Inquiries Over Transgender Children” (news article, March 12): Thousands of parents — liberal, conservative and everything in between — face tough decisions when a child declares that he or she is transgender, particularly when that child showed no sign of gender dysphoria in his or her early years. […]

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Evgeny Maslin, Russian General Who Secured Nuclear Arsenal, Dies at 84

Along with his daughter Ekaterina, he is survived by his wife, Nina; another daughter, Elena; a brother, Nikolai; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He joined the Soviet Army in 1954, with plans to become an infantry officer. But his father, who had fought on the front lines during World War II, objected; as a compromise, […]

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How Russia’s War in Ukraine Complicates the Iran Nuclear Deal

BRUSSELS — With negotiators all but finished with their work to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has made an agreement both more urgent and more difficult to get. Western governments, intent on punishing Russia for the attack, have said they want to wean themselves from Russian oil, which […]

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Russia’s Ukraine Invasion: This Cold War Will Be Worse Than the Last

If treated as a violation of NATO’s Article 5 — which deems an attack on one NATO member as an attack on all — such contact and potential casualties could draw the alliance, and therefore the United States, into the conflict. Of course, the alliance could choose not to view the incident as a violation, […]

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Putin Declares a Nuclear Alert, and Biden Seeks De-escalation

WASHINGTON — When Vladimir V. Putin declared Sunday that he was putting his nuclear forces into “special combat readiness” — a heightened alert status reminiscent of some of the most dangerous moments of the Cold War — President Biden and his aides had a choice. They could match the move and put American forces on […]

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Putin Spins a Conspiracy Theory That Ukraine Is on a Path to Nuclear Weapons

“It is a great tragedy,” said Rose Gottemoeller, who negotiated the New START arms control treaty with Russia and is now at Stanford University. “Putin is so steeped in his own grievances that he does not remember how we worked together so closely — Americans, Ukrainians and Russians — to ensure the breakup of the […]

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Shelling Escalates in Ukraine, as Thousands Flee Fearing Attack

Artillery fire escalated sharply in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and thousands of residents fled the region in chaotic evacuations — two developments rife with opportunities for what the United States has warned could be a pretext for a Russian invasion. Russian-backed separatists, who have been fighting the Ukrainian government for years, have asserted, without evidence, […]

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Macron Tries to Avert a European War and Reshape European Security

PARIS — The standoff with Russia over Ukraine enters a critical phase this week. The United States has snapped NATO to attention and moved forces east. Moscow has readied still more forces on the Ukraine border. But beneath those tensions, diplomatic avenues are being feverishly explored and the outlines of potential solutions, still amorphous, may […]

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Ukraine Gave Up Nuclear Weapons 30 Years Ago. Today There Are Regrets.

At the end of the Cold War, the third largest nuclear power on earth was not Britain, France or China. It was Ukraine. The Soviet collapse, a slow-motion downfall that culminated in December 1991, resulted in the newly independent Ukraine inheriting roughly 5,000 nuclear arms that Moscow had stationed on its soil. Underground silos on […]

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U.S. Responses to Russia Stand Firm on Who Can Join NATO

BRUSSELS — The United States has offered to provide more transparency about missile deployments in Eastern Europe in response to Russian security demands, but it rejected Moscow’s insistence that NATO guarantee it would never expand to countries near Russia, including Ukraine, Sweden and Finland. The offer was included in the American response to Russia’s demands […]

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Can Biden Avert a Crisis With North Korea?

The department said in a statement that it would “consult closely with the Republic of Korea, Japan, and other allies and partners about how to best engage” with North Korea. But the leaders of those two East Asian nations are divided in their approach and remain embroiled in bitter disputes over separate issues of history […]

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War Looms Between Russia and Ukraine, but Diplomatic Options Remain

Defusing Ukraine It is possible that Mr. Putin’s bottom line in this conflict is simple: that he wants to stop Ukraine from joining NATO and get an assurance that the United States and NATO will never place offensive weapons that threaten Russia’s security on Ukrainian territory. On those two issues, it would seem, there is […]

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