Tag - nuclear-weapons



A paramilitary parade is held in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square to mark the 75th founding anniversary of North Korea in this photo released Saturday.
Sep 9, 2023
North Korea stages paramilitary parade on founding anniversary
The 75th anniversary parade was attended by leader Kim Jong Un and a slew of high-ranking Chinese and Russian officials.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends what state media report was a launching ceremony for a new tactical nuclear attack submarine in North Korea, in this picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Friday.
Sep 8, 2023
North Korea holds ceremony for new ‘tactical nuclear’ submarine
The country’s state media released photos Friday of a ceremony for the vessel, which appeared to have 10 missile tubes, attended by leader Kim Jong Un.
Personnel from the Self-Defense Forces take part in a nuclear, biological and chemical weapons exercise at New Chitose airport in Hokkaido in July 2012.
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Sep 7, 2023
Japan has plenty to offer in the field of detecting threats
With the spread of chemical, nuclear and biological weapons, the time is right to put domestic tech to good use.
A simulated North Korean "tactical nuclear attack" drill is seen at an undisclosed location in the country in this picture released Sunday.
Sep 3, 2023
North Korea stages 'tactical nuclear attack' drill
Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un inspected munitions and shipbuilding factories to stress the importance of strengthening Pyongyang's naval forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a test launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile at Plesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk region, via video link in Moscow, Russia, in April last year.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 2, 2023
Russia claims its Sarmat ICBM is on ‘combat duty'
Russian military analysts said the announcement meant that the missile had been deployed in a silo and was ready to be used.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the training command post of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this photo released Thursday.
Sep 2, 2023
North Korea fires several cruise missiles toward Yellow Sea
Saturday’s launches come after South Korea and the U.S. wrapped up their 11-day Ulchi Freedom Shield summer military exercises on Thursday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong visits a command training center of the Korean People's Army General Staff at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this image released Thursday.
Aug 31, 2023
North Korea holds 'nuclear strike drill' targeting South
The drills were intended to "send a message" to the North's enemies, as large-scale military exercises between Washington and Seoul were set to conclude.
Paper cranes made by Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the August 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on display at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in May.
Aug 30, 2023
UNESCO listing sought for A-bombed girl's paper cranes
Other items for which the application was made include Sadako Sasaki's handwritten notes on her blood test results and her photos.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Naval Command of the Korean People's Army on the occasion of Navy Day in this picture released Tuesday.
Aug 29, 2023
North Korea's Kim says nuclear weapons to be deployed to navy
Pyongyang is believed to be accelerating efforts to deploy nuclear-tipped submarine-launched missiles as well as underwater drones carrying nukes.
A man walks past a TV broadcasting a report about North Korea's failed rocket launch, at the main railway station in Seoul on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 24, 2023
North Korea fails in latest attempt to put spy satellite into orbit
Pyongyang said it would try again in October, after the failed launch prompted Japan to issue an emergency warning for Okinawan residents to take shelter.
South Korean soldiers prepare for a counterterrorism drill, as part of the Ulchi Freedom Shield military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, at a subway station in Seoul on Wednesday.
Aug 23, 2023
South Korea holds first nationwide defense drills in six years
The drill, focused on a North Korea attack, required South Korea’s 51 million residents to practice evacuating to shelters or underground spaces.
North Korea's new Chollima-1 rocket is launched in Cholsan County, North Korea, on May 31 in this image taken from video.
Aug 22, 2023
North Korea to launch satellite between Thursday and Aug. 31
Japan has indefinitely extended an order issued to destroy any North Korean ballistic missile, rocket or debris that threatens the country's territory.
Mitsuko Suyama talks about falling victim to “black rain” in front of the community center where she was at the time of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Aug 21, 2023
Nagasaki ‘black rain’ victims angry over lack of health benefits
Victims of the Nagasaki A-bomb tell of suffering and exclusion from health benefits reserved for those officially recognized as survivors.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees a "strategic cruise missile" test aboard a navy warship in this undated photo released Monday.
Aug 21, 2023
Kim leads missile test as South Korea-U.S. military drills begin
North Korea's test of “strategic cruise missiles” came as the U.S. and South Korea kicked off some of the largest joint military exercises in years.
A Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile is launched from an undisclosed location in North Korea in this image released on July 13.
Aug 19, 2023
Latest North Korean missile sparks debate over Russian links
The Hwasong-18 solid fueled ICBM has highlighted possible Russian links to nuclear-armed Pyongyang's dramatic missile development.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has since the start of the Ukraine invasion destroyed the norms that developed during the Cold War to prevent a nuclear arms race or the eventual use of such weapons.
Aug 14, 2023
Russia outnumbers the U.S. 10-to-1 in tactical nukes. Now what?
Never mind that Vladimir Putin is breaking all nuclear taboos and China is beefing up its arsenal. U.S. nuclear doctrine is still fundamentally sound.
A promotional poster for the film "Barbie" in Tokyo earlier this month
Aug 12, 2023
Hollywood blockbuster 'Barbie' opens in Japan after controversy
Tickets sold fast in Japan as fans flocked to the theatrical release, timed to coincide with the start of the Bon holiday period.
People offer silent prayers for the victims of the 1945 Nagasaki atomic bombing at the city's Peace Park on Wednesday to mark the 78th anniversary of the attack.
Aug 11, 2023
Nuclear threats grow stronger and more immediate
In this world, unilateral disarmament and the hope that setting an example will inspire other nations to follow suit is fantasy.
People pray at the Peace Park in Nagasaki on Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city.
Aug 9, 2023
Nagasaki urges break from nuclear deterrence at reduced A-bomb ceremony
The ceremony was the first held inside rather than at the city's Peace Park since 1963, and the first not attended by a Japanese leader since 1999.
A girl floats a lantern down the Motoyasu River in front of Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome on Sunday, the 78th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear attack on the city.
Aug 8, 2023
Nuke ban treaty still out of reach as Japan marks atomic bombings
Japan, which is positioned under the "nuclear umbrella" of the U.S., has refrained from joining the treaty, citing its own “tough security environment.”


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