Jan 9, 2014

Study cites 'dangerous weak links' in nuclear security

The number of countries possessing the makings of a nuclear bomb has dropped by almost one-quarter over the past two years, but there remain “dangerous weak links” in nuclear materials security that could be exploited by terrorist groups with potentially catastrophic results, according to ...

N. Korea election could herald a generational shift

Jan 8, 2014

N. Korea election could herald a generational shift

North Korea announced Wednesday elections to its rubber-stamp parliament in March, the first under leader Kim Jong Un as he seeks to cement his grip on power after purging his uncle. The presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) decided the election — held ...

U.S. ICBMs: a 'relic' force in much distress

Dec 23, 2013

U.S. ICBMs: a 'relic' force in much distress

by Robert Burns

The hundreds of nuclear missiles that have stood ready for war for decades in underground silos dotted around remote stretches of America — silent and unseen, packed with almost unimaginable destructive power — are a force that is now in distress, if not in ...

After U.S. adds more sanctions, Iran pulls out of Vienna talks

Dec 14, 2013

After U.S. adds more sanctions, Iran pulls out of Vienna talks

Iran pulled out of expert-level talks with six world powers Friday to protest the expansion of U.S. sanctions, saying the blacklisting of more entities violates the spirit of a ground-breaking agreement over Tehran’s atomic program. In the first major hurdle to the interim deal ...

Dec 13, 2013

Curbing Tehran's ambitions

by Ramesh Thakur

A sober second look at the deal on Iran's nuclear program signed in Geneva on Nov. 24 suggests that it is neither a historic breakthrough nor a historic mistake. It is welcome, though, because it suspends Iran's march toward weapons and the West's march ...

U.S. cracks down on evasion of sanctions on Iran

Dec 13, 2013

U.S. cracks down on evasion of sanctions on Iran

The Obama administration cracked down Thursday on oil and shipping companies accused of helping Iran evade economic sanctions, even as top officials continued pressing Congress to delay enacting additional restrictions while nuclear talks with Iran are under way. The enforcement actions against Asian, European ...

Dec 10, 2013

India-Pakistan nuke war would prove apocalyptic

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would set off a global famine that could kill 2 billion people and effectively end human civilization, a study said Tuesday. Even if limited in scope, a conflict with nuclear weapons would wreak havoc in the atmosphere ...

North Korea admits Kim's powerful uncle was purged

Dec 9, 2013

North Korea admits Kim's powerful uncle was purged

North Korea on Monday acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un’s influential uncle for alleged corruption, drug use, gambling and a long list of other “anti-state” acts, apparently ending the career of the country’s second most powerful official. The young North Korean leader ...