Tag - weapons



An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles toward Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel, on Sunday.
Apr 14, 2024
Multiphase Iran attack tests U.S.-backed Israeli air defenses
Early indications suggest Israel's air defenses effectively handled Iran's missile and drone attack, aimed at overwhelming systems with its complexity.
This video grab from AFPTV taken on Sunday shows explosions lighting up the Jerusalem sky during Iranian attack on Israel.
Apr 14, 2024
Iran launches unprecedented attack on Israel with drones and missiles
Israel's military spokesperson said Iran launched dozens of ground-to-ground missiles at Israel, most of them intercepted outside Israeli borders.
Climate change, with its natural disasters, is putting nuclear facilities and weapons complexes at risk.
Apr 4, 2024
Climate change and nuclear waste are a toxic stew
Nuclear power could be a crucial part of a clean-energy transition, but not if it comes with a high risk of multiple Fukushima-like catastrophes.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on as he guides a training of the fire division in this picture released on March 19. Pyongyang has spent decades stockpiling millions of rounds of artillery and thousands of rockets in the terrain north of the demilitarized zone, which sits some 40 kilometers away from Seoul.
Apr 3, 2024
Kim Jong Un faces annihilation in nearly all Korea war scenarios
Although North Korea has a manpower advantage, the bulk of its forces rely on "increasingly obsolete equipment” dating back to Soviet era.
A woman walks past a TV showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at the main railway station in Seoul on March 18.
Apr 2, 2024
North Korea launches intermediate-range missile as elections loom for South
The Defense Ministry said the weapon had traveled some 650 kilometers before splashing down in waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend a meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's far eastern Amur region last September.
Mar 31, 2024
What does Russia's veto on North Korea sanctions monitoring mean?
Ending the U.N.'s monitoring will provide North Korea's Kim Jong Un with a major win, experts say.
North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in January.
Mar 30, 2024
North Korean foreign minister nixes any contact with Japan
North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui has reiterated Pyongyang's stance that it will reject any contact with Japan.
Russia's Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya described the panel as unjustified in the absence of an annual review to assess and potentially modify the sanctions on North Korea.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 29, 2024
Russian veto ends monitoring of U.N.'s North Korea sanctions
Ukraine's foreign minister called the veto "a guilty plea" amid allegations that Pyongyang is aiding Moscow in its war against Kyiv.
A poster for "Oppenheimer" is displayed at a theater in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Friday. The film's Japan debut came eight months after its global release.
Mar 29, 2024
'Oppenheimer' opens in Japan eight months after global release
Japan screenings were delayed as the worldwide premiere was only weeks before the anniversary of the 1945 bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Directed and co-written by Sunao Katabuchi, animated film “In This Corner of the World” depicts the beauty of nature and the horrors of war with equal potency.
Mar 27, 2024
Films that give the Japanese perspective of the atomic bomb
Movies about the nation's darkest days — in genres such as dramas, fantasies and anime — offer another side to Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' story.
Kim Jong Un and his daughter Kim Ju Ae attend the opening ceremony of the Gangdong Greenhouse in North Korea in this picture released on March 16.
Mar 27, 2024
North Korea reaches for familiar playbook in talks with Japan
Pyongyang blowing hot and cold on a potential leaders summit is meant to gain the upper hand in negotiations to realize such a meeting.
This picture taken on March 18 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency is said to show an ultralarge rocket salvo firing drill by North Korea.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 26, 2024
Warning issued over North Korean tech workers posing as Japanese for cash
The government suspects that such workers are using the proceeds to fund Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development programs.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observs a ground test of a solid fuel engine for a new intermediate-range hypersonic missile, at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on North Korea’s western coast in this digitally altered image released Wednesday.
Mar 20, 2024
North Korea's Kim oversees hypersonic missile engine test
The isolated country's leader compared "the military strategic value" of the new weapon as being on par with its powerful long-range missiles.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket salvo firing drill at an unconfirmed location in the country in this image released Tuesday.
Mar 19, 2024
North Korea's Kim oversees 'super-large' rocket launcher drills
The North has claimed the weapon has the capability to be equipped with a tactical nuclear warhead.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
Japan vows to launch new dialogue on nuclear material ban treaty
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said that the "Friends" meeting aims to "enhance political attention" to the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.
People walk past a television showing a news broadcast of a past North Korean missile test, at the main railway station in Seoul on Monday.
Mar 18, 2024
North Korea launches three ballistic missiles as top U.S. diplomat visits Seoul
The latest launches came as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Seoul for a multinational democracy summit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview at the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 14, 2024
In preelection messaging, Putin less strident on nuclear war
In a lengthy television interview, Putin struck a softer tone than in his state-of-the-nation address last month.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa is expected to announce a plan by Japan to launch a new dialogue framework that aims to being negotiations for a multinational treaty banning the production of nuclear materials that might be used for weapons.
Mar 14, 2024
Japan to launch new dialogue on banning nuclear material production
Japan has asked other nations to participate in the envisaged talks.
China insists that for meaningful negotiations to occur, the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia must be reduced to levels comparable to its own.
Mar 13, 2024
China’s ‘minimum’ nuclear deterrence is still a threat
Estimates of the number of Chinese warheads range from 400 to 500, a striking contrast to the several thousand that the U.S and Russia possess.
The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima remains an iconic symbol of the destruction of the atomic bomb on that city.
Mar 12, 2024
Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success
While locals would have liked to see more Japanese representation in the film, they are at least happy that some discussion is taking place.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?