Apr 2, 2014

Fear of flying? Not for North's young leader

A new photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un disembarking from a plane suggests he doesn’t share his father Kim Jong Il’s near-obsessive fear of flying. The ruling party’s official daily, Rodong Sinmun, ran a large color picture Wednesday of Kim stepping down ...

North Korea vows not to rule out 'new form' of nuclear test

Mar 31, 2014

North Korea vows not to rule out 'new form' of nuclear test

North Korea on Sunday vowed not to rule out a “new form” of nuclear test after the U.N. Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul’s joint military drills with Washington. Pyongyang has carried out a series of rocket ...

Free missile launch alerts to be sent to mobile devices

Mar 29, 2014

Free missile launch alerts to be sent to mobile devices

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will begin sending text messages about ballistic missile launches and other relevant events to mobile phones and smartphones on April 1. The messages will be sent to all customers in areas affected by the notification who use Docomo, ...

U.S. commanders fired in nuclear missile scandal

Mar 28, 2014

U.S. commanders fired in nuclear missile scandal

The U.S. Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. ...

Mar 26, 2014

China subs expected to boost nuke capabilities

China will likely have submarines equipped with long-range nuclear missiles for the first time later this year, as part of its increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top U.S. officer said Tuesday, The head of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Samuel Locklear, said the latest class ...

North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

Mar 26, 2014

North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

North Korea said on Tuesday that talks with Japan this month should include a demand for compensation for wartime Korean sex slaves and not only the issue of Japanese abducted decades ago, which it considers closed. But So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to ...

35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security

Mar 25, 2014

35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security

A total of 35 countries have pledged to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material. Tuesday’s initiative also commits countries to open up their security procedures to independent review, ...

Nuclear summit final statement to highlight IAEA role

Mar 25, 2014

Nuclear summit final statement to highlight IAEA role

The world must construct a system to fight nuclear terror with the world’s atomic watchdog playing a central role, a draft of the Nuclear Security Summit’s final statement says. The draft, of which a final version was to be agreed on later Tuesday by ...

Ukraine crisis could have implications for Nonproliferation Treaty: Ban

Mar 25, 2014

Ukraine crisis could have implications for Nonproliferation Treaty: Ban

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned international leaders Monday that the Ukraine crisis could have profound implications for the integrity of a global treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Ukraine gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which ...

Mar 24, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium to U.S.

Japan will return to the United States more than 700 pounds (315 kg) of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama’s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. American and Japanese officials announced the ...