Tag - nuclear-weapons



A North Korean rocket carrying a military spy satellite is launched in this undated photo released Wednesday.
Nov 22, 2023
North Korea calls spy satellite launch a success, but questions linger
A rocket carrying the payload passed over the Japanese archipelago late Tuesday, but Tokyo said it had not confirmed the veracity of Pyongyang's claims.
A man walks past a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a space rocket, at the main railway station in Seoul in August.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 21, 2023
North Korea says it could launch satellite as early as Wednesday
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office said it had "strongly demanded" that North Korea halt preparations for the launch.
Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missiles take part in a nighttime military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army in Pyongyang in this undated photo released in April 2022.
Nov 19, 2023
North Korea marks missile holiday with silence as Kim absent 29 days
Missile Industry Day was not mentioned in state-run media on Sunday, as leader Kim Jong Un remained out of the public spotlight for nearly a month.
The risk of unsecure nuclear weapons or a vengeful leader such as Vladimir Putin going down with his finger on the trigger may seem far-fetched, but the world must prepare for the worst-case scenario. 
Nov 16, 2023
Preparing for a Russian nuclear meltdown
The risk of “loose nukes” or a vengeful leader going down with his finger on the trigger may seem far-fetched, but the chances are not zero.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in San Francisco on Tuesday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' week.
Nov 15, 2023
Biden and Xi must not forget North Korea
China is still the first stop on the road to managing the arms race with North Korea and the growing danger that tensions could lead to conflict.
This undated picture released Wednesday shows the first ground combustion test of a high-power solid-fuel engine for a new intermediate-range ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 15, 2023
North Korea eyes surprise attack ability with missile engine test
The new engines for the intermediate-range ballistic missiles would give Pyongyang another means of targeting Japan.
U.S., Japanese and South Korean navy destroyers take part in joint missile defense exercises in international waters between South Korea and Japan in April.
Nov 13, 2023
Japan, U.S. South Korea to share missile-warning data
Following talks between the countries' defense chiefs, the three sides said the mechanism is now "in the final stages of testing."
Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attends a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2022.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Russia suspends pact with Japan on decommissioning nuclear weapons
The move follows other unilateral steps by Russia, including the suspension of negotiations for a postwar peace treaty with Japan in March 2022.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attend a news conference after visiting the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Monday.
Nov 9, 2023
Australia’s Albanese to face anti-nuclear push at Pacific talks
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is beginning 24 hours of intensive meetings between the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nuclear program as he addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York in September 2012.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 6, 2023
Israeli minister's Gaza nuclear comments spotlight opaque arsenal
The country has long had a policy of ambiguity as to whether it has nuclear weapons, though it is widely believed to possess a sizable number.
Russia's new nuclear-powered submarine Imperator Alexander III test launches the Bulava ballistic missile, designed to carry nuclear warheads, from the White Sea, in this screengrab taken from a video released on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 6, 2023
Russian nuclear submarine test-launches intercontinental missile
Russia's new strategic nuclear submarine has successfully tested a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, the Russian defense ministry said.
Chinese rocket launchers are seen during a parade to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, in 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 2, 2023
U.S. and China to begin nuclear arms talks before Xi-Biden meeting
The U.S. is set to hold rare nuclear arms control talks with China amid growing concerns over Beijing’s accelerated push to build up its atomic arsenal.
“Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again” fully articulates the intentions behind the creation of Japan’s most infamous "kaijū" (monster) before Toho Studios releases the newest chapter in the “Godzilla” saga.
Oct 29, 2023
‘Godzilla’ novellas expand on infamous monster’s origins
Shigeru Kayama’s entertaining and informative stories delve deep into the underlying pacifist beliefs of the entire “Godzilla” franchise.
South Korean Marines participate in an amphibious landing drill in Pohang, South Korea, in October last year.
Oct 28, 2023
South Korea and U.S. hold drills with drones and laser sensors
The training came as South Korea's military conducts a series of annual exercises aimed at improving responses to North Korea.
Christopher Nolan's film about the creator of the atomic bomb, "Oppenheimer," was released in theaters worldwide this summer and received mostly strong reviews. However, distributors still have not announced whether the film will be shown in Japan's cinemas.
Oct 28, 2023
Will Japan ever see 'Oppenheimer' screened in its cinemas?
Christopher Nolan’s film about the creator of the atomic bomb still doesn't have a Japan release date. There’s more than one possible reason for that.
Two Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jets (bottom) fly in formation with a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber as part of a joint exercise with the United States and South Korea in airspace near Kyushu on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 25, 2023
U.S., Japan and South Korea cooperation reaches new heights with aerial drill
While some view the move as signaling a "new era" in security ties, questions remain as to how long the current political momentum will hold
Military vehicles carrying DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles in Beijing in 2019
Oct 20, 2023
Pentagon says China set to have over 1,000 nukes by 2030
The report adds that China has "probably completed" 300 intercontinental ballistic missile silos as it expands its launch facilities.
China's top diplomat Wang Yi's online message is shown at a forum on Sino-Japanese relations in Beijing on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 19, 2023
Kishida seeks dialogue with China on opposing nuclear weapons use
Kishida said that international cooperation is needed to prevent the use of nuclear weapons by nations that seek to "change the status quo by force."
Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, attends a plenary session in Moscow on Oct. 10.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 17, 2023
Russia set to revoke ratification of nuke test ban treaty, official says
Moscow would remain a signatory and would continue to cooperate with the test ban treaty organization and the global monitoring system.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russia's Far East region on Sept. 13.
Oct 14, 2023
U.S. says North Korea delivered arms to Russia for Ukraine war
In exchange, Pyongyang is believed to be seeking fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missiles and ballistic missile production equipment, among other gear.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves