Nov 21, 2014

Iran nuclear talks stuck, deadline may be extended: officials

A deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program may be extended from Monday until March because of sharp disagreements between Tehran and world powers, officials close to the talks said on Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was due to ...

Nov 20, 2014

Signs suggest North Korea preparing material for nuclear bomb test

New satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be firing up a facility for processing weapons-grade plutonium, as Pyongyang threatened Thursday a fresh nuclear test in response to U.N. condemnation of its rights record. The images show steam rising from a reprocessing plant at the ...

Nov 19, 2014

History haunts U.S.-Iran talks

by Matthew Lee

Bill Clinton tried. So did George W. Bush. Neither succeeded. As President Barack Obama’s own second term winds down, he is getting closer than either of his immediate predecessors to the goal of improving U.S. relations with Iran. But he is not there yet, ...

Pentagon boss Hagel orders shake-up of nuclear forces

Nov 15, 2014

Pentagon boss Hagel orders shake-up of nuclear forces

The Pentagon will spend an additional $10 billion to correct deep problems of neglect and mismanagement within America’s nuclear forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared Friday, pledging firm action to support the men and women who handle the world’s most powerful and deadly weapons. ...

Hagel: Top-to-bottom changes critical in U.S. nuclear weapons force

Nov 14, 2014

Hagel: Top-to-bottom changes critical in U.S. nuclear weapons force

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering top-to-bottom changes in how the U.S. nuclear arsenal is managed, vowing to invest billions of dollars more to fix what ails a force beset by leadership lapses, security flaws and sagging morale. Hagel was scheduled to announce later ...

Rebooting nuclear security

Nov 11, 2014

Rebooting nuclear security

by Lassina Zerbo

In these days of economic woe, potential pandemic disease and widespread civil unrest, it may come as a surprise that so many people around the world still view nuclear conflict as the greatest threat facing humanity. And for good reason.

Russia to boycott 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

Nov 5, 2014

Russia to boycott 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

Russia has informed the United States that it will boycott the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, diplomats said on Tuesday, potentially stripping the meeting of one of its key participants and hurting efforts initiated by President Barack Obama to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism. ...

Nov 5, 2014

New North Korean uranium plant in operation: report

North Korea has started operating a new plant inside its uranium enrichment complex, boosting its capacity to generate fuel that could be used to make atomic weapons, a report said Wednesday. “Infrared cameras used by South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities have detected heat ...

U.S. Air Force fires two nuclear missile corps commanders

Nov 4, 2014

U.S. Air Force fires two nuclear missile corps commanders

Adding to signs of distress in the nuclear force, the U.S. Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third in response to internal investigations of leadership lapses and misbehavior at two of its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The most senior officer to ...