Jonathan Landay
For Jonathan Landay's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Iranian ballistic missiles in Tehran. Iran's hard-line clerical rulers have steadily sought to deepen ties with Russia and China, betting that would help Tehran to resist U.S. sanctions and to end its political isolation.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 22, 2024
Iran sends Russia hundreds of ballistic missiles, sources say
An Iranian military official said there had been at least four shipments of missiles and that there would be more in the coming weeks.
A man photographs parts of an unidentified missile on Saturday, which Ukrainian authorities believe to have been made in North Korea and which was used in a strike in Kharkiv earlier this week.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 11, 2024
Ukraine is 'test site' for North Korean missiles: Seoul
Moscow and Pyongyang have both denied conducting any arms deals but they vowed last year to deepen military relations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy greets U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in Kyiv on Feb. 27. Zelenskyy's chief of staff Andriy Yermak said on Tuesday that the postponement of U.S. assistance for Kyiv being debated in Congress would create a "big risk" of Ukraine losing the war with Russia.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
Ukraine sees 'big risk' of losing war if U.S. postpones vital aid
Remarks by Zelenskyy's chief of staff are some of the frankest yet from a senior official as uncertainty swirls over the future of assistance packages.
A vehicle burns at the Rainbow Bridge U.S. border crossing with Canada, in Niagara Falls, New York, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 23, 2023
Fiery car crash at U.S.-Canada border kills two
Federal and state authorities said investigators had found no evidence of an act of terror.
The world's largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, sails during a fueling-at-sea operation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday.
Oct 13, 2023
U.S. must be ready for simultaneous wars with China and Russia: report
The report said the U.S. nuclear arms modernization program must be fully funded to upgrade all warheads, delivery systems and infrastructure.
President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran at a news conference during the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday
WORLD / Politics
Sep 21, 2023
Qatar held separate bilateral talks with U.S. and Iran
Qatar held talks with the United States and Iran that touched on Iran's nuclear program and U.S. concerns about Iranian drone transfers to Russia.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2023
Russia mercenary threat revives concern over nuclear arsenal security
Images of tanks on Russian streets brought to mind the failed 1991 coup by communist hardliners that raised concerns about the security of the Soviet nuclear arsenal.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2023
Trump lacked power to declassify secret nuclear arms document, experts say
The special status of nuclear-related information further erodes what many legal experts say is a weak defense centered around declassification.
Japan Times
May 8, 2023
Smoldering Iran nuclear crisis risks catching fire
A renewed crisis over Iran would come at a bad time for the U.S., which is focused on maintaining allies" support for the war in Ukraine and on rallying countries to push back on China.
Japan Times
May 6, 2023
Russia's mercenary boss deepens fog of Ukraine war while deflecting blame
The announcement by Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner mercenary group, that his fighters will abandon the city of Bakhmut looks like an exercise in blame avoidance and disinformation.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2023
Leaked U.S. intel document claims Serbia agreed to arm Ukraine
Serbia"s Defense Minister Milos Vucevic dismissed the document"s assertions as "untrue" in a statement on Wednesday.
Japan Times
Apr 11, 2023
U.S. officials review intel sharing after damaging leak
Investigators are also working to determine what person or group might have had the ability and motivation to release the intelligence reports.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2023
Ukraine seeks U.S. cluster bombs to adapt for drone use
Kyiv has urged members of Congress to press the White House to approve sending the weapons but it is by no means certain that the Biden administration will sign off on that.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2023
How a band of Ukraine civilians helped seal Russia's biggest defeat
New accounts from Kherson have provided a rare window into how intelligence and sabotage operations are being coordinated with Ukrainian intelligence services behind enemy lines.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2022
They call it 'The Hole': Ukrainians describe horrors of Kherson occupation
The green-roofed police building at No. 3, Energy Workers' Street, was the most notorious of several sites where people were interrogated and tortured.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2022
Why stop now? Ukraine seen pressing advantage after Kherson victory
Even with the vast Dnipro River now separating the enemies around Kherson, other objectives remain in play.
Japan Times
Oct 22, 2022
How water has been weaponized in Ukraine
Recent attacks have disrupted electricity across large parts of Ukraine, leaving some places without access to clean water.
Japan Times
Oct 19, 2022
Putin declares martial law in seized Ukrainian regions
Images of people fleeing Kherson were broadcast by Russian state TV, which portrayed the exodus as an attempt to clear the city of civilians before it became a combat zone.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2022
Ukraine vows to strengthen armed forces after fierce Russian airstrikes
Missiles hit targets across Ukraine on Monday morning, killing 14 people and injuring scores, as they tore into intersections, parks and tourist sites.
Japan Times
Sep 28, 2022
'Sham' referendum in Ukraine results point to Russia annexation
The U.S. will introduce a resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling on member states not to recognize any change to Ukraine and obligating Russia to withdraw its troops.


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