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South Korean women pose for photographs as they look toward the north from the Unification Observation Platform, near the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, in May last year.
May 26, 2024
North Korea accuses U.S. and South Korea of flying spy planes and ships
Pyongyang's vice defense minister warned his country would take "immediate action" if its sovereignty was breached.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa delivers a video message during a meeting of the International Group of Eminent Persons for a World without Nuclear Weapons in Yokohama on Tuesday.
May 23, 2024
Yokohama meeting on nuclear disarmament ends with call for focus on AI
The 15 participating experts came from states both with and without nuclear weapons, including superpowers such as the United States, Russia and China.
A missile is launched as North Korea conducts a test firing of a tactical ballistic missile on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
May 23, 2024
Japan underlines qualitative improvement of North Korean nukes
An early draft of Japan's annual defense white paper also expressed a strong sense of crisis over China's military over its activities around Taiwan.
Kiichi Morita addresses a gathering commemorating the 70th anniversary of the U.S. hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, held in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, on April 27.
JAPAN / Society
May 22, 2024
70 years after U.S. nuclear tests in Bikini Atoll, Japan port recalls legacy
The first 1954 hydrogen bomb test at the atoll was one of six, with nearly 1,000 Japanese ships confirmed to have been exposed to radiation by the end of the year.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa delivers a video message at an international meeting on nuclear arms reduction held in Yokohama on Tuesday.
May 21, 2024
Global experts' nuke disarmament discussions cover AI's impact
Fifteen experts from nuclear and non-nuclear countries, including the U.S., China, and Russia, participated in the discussions, some joining online.
Russia's Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia addresses the Security Council during a meeting on the maintenance of International Peace and Security Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
May 21, 2024
Russia fails in rival U.N. bid on nuclear and other weapons in space
The draft failed to get the minimum nine votes needed: seven members voted in favor and seven against, while one abstained.
Group of Seven leaders, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden, after visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 19, 2023
May 19, 2024
G7 goal of nuclear-free world increasingly challenged
Momentum for nuclear disarmament has not increased, partly because Russia has threatened to use nuclear weapons in its military aggression against Ukraine.
A tactical ballistic missile with a new autonomous navigation system is test-fired at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this image released Saturday.
May 18, 2024
North Korea confirms missile launch and vows bolstered nuclear force
North Korea has test-fired a tactical ballistic missile equipped with a "new autonomous navigation system," state media said Saturday.
The U.S. military's secretive X-37B, a crewless space shuttle-like space plane, lifts off on its seventh mission to orbit, the vehicle's first launch atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket capable of lofting it far higher than ever before, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, last December.
May 18, 2024
New star wars plan: Pentagon rushes to counter threats in orbit
Citing rapid advances by China and Russia, the United States is building an extensive capacity to fight battles in space.
A news broadcast on a screen at a Seoul railway station shows file footage of a past North Korean missile test.
May 17, 2024
North Korea fires multiple short-range missiles, Seoul says
The launches came just hours after the powerful sister of the North's leader denied allegations of sending weapons to Russia.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to reporters during a news conference in Washington on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
May 15, 2024
Japan concerned over U.S. officials' remarks on atomic bombings
The remarks justifying the August 1945 atomic bombings could put a damper on bilateral ties between Tokyo and Washington.
China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi (left), and South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul walk with other officials during their talks in Beijing on Monday.
May 14, 2024
South Korea and China's top envoys eye trilateral summit with Japan
Seoul has not formally announced the date for the summit — the first since 2019 — but media reports have said it will take place on May 26 and 27.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow on April 11.
May 11, 2024
Satellite images reveal where Russian nukes could be stored in Belarus
A New York Times analysis shows security upgrades unique to Russian nuclear storage facilities at a Cold War-era munitions depot.
A commercial satellite image taken on April 29 of the Yunsong engine test site at North Korea's Sohae satellite launching station shows burned vegetation and scarring of the ground, suggesting an unannounced engine test had been conducted recently.
May 8, 2024
North Korea conducted rocket engine test in April, analysis shows
The analysis suggests that Pyongyang may be gearing up for another spy satellite launch in the near future.
A senior U.S. official on Thursday called on China and Russia to commit to ensuring that decisions about deploying nuclear weapons are made solely by humans, not artificial intelligence.
WORLD / Politics
May 2, 2024
U.S. official urges China and Russia to declare only humans, not AI, control nuclear weapons
The push comes as U.S. President Joe Biden tries to deepen discussions with China over nuclear weapons policy and the growth of artificial intelligence.
Construction near Mailuu-Suu in the Jalal-Abad region, Kyrgyzstan. Dams in Kyrgyzstan holding uranium mine tailings have become unreliable after a 2017 landslide.
Apr 24, 2024
Unstable nuclear-waste dams threaten fertile Central Asia heartland
One more earthquake or landslide, and dams in Kyrgyzstan holding back radioactive waste water could burst, rendering the area uninhabitable.
Missiles are launched during a simulated nuclear counterattack drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this image released Tuesday.
Apr 23, 2024
North Korea holds first 'nuclear trigger' drills as U.S. and South set for cost-sharing talks
Pyongyang said the exercises, which came ahead of U.S.-South Korea talks on cost-sharing for hosting troops, were “a clear warning” to the North's enemies.
Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks during a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on March 14.
Apr 22, 2024
Poland 'ready' to host nuclear weapons, president says
Discussions about nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Poland have been in the works for some time.
People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at the main railway station in Seoul, on April 2.
Apr 22, 2024
North Korea fires off salvo of several short-range ballistic missiles
Japan's Defense Ministry said it had confirmed at least one apparent ballistic missile had been fired into the Sea of Japan.
North Korea conducts a test launch of a "Pyoljji-1-2" new-type anti-aircraft missile in this photo released Saturday.
Apr 20, 2024
North Korea tests new 'super-large warhead' and anti-ship missile
Pyongyang's “strategic cruise missiles," which the warhead is designed for, are intended to carry nuclear bombs.


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