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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting near Moscow on Saturday.
Oct 8, 2023
On Russian nuclear threat, Putin lets others rattle the saber
While hard-liners voice provocative proposals about nukes, Putin presents himself as a moderating force — while never taking the option off the table.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump in a courtroom during proceedings for his civil fraud trial in New York on Wednesday.
Oct 7, 2023
The key nuclear secrets Trump allegedly leaked
Trump gave key details on the U.S. Navy’s elite submarine fleet to an Australian billionaire, according to reports.
Russian envoy Mikhail Ulyanov attends a meeting in Vienna last month.
Oct 7, 2023
Russia to nix ratification of nuclear test ban pact, envoy says
The announcement by Mikhail Ulyanov added new fuel to tensions between Russia and the United States over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
A North Korean nuclear plant in Yongbyon
Oct 5, 2023
North Korea halts nuclear reactor, likely to extract bomb fuel
North Korea has previously halted the operation of the reactor and public confirmation of the purpose of such a move is usually unavailable.
Kim Jong Un
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 30, 2023
Japan and North Korea met informally this year over abduction row
Japan engaged in several informal contacts with North Korea this spring, sources close to the matter have said.
Anti-war demonstrators mark the 78th anniversary of the United States' 1945 atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima with a march and protest in New York's Times Square on Aug. 6.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 26, 2023
Nuclear specter rises as world marks day for eliminating weapons
The goal of ridding the world of nukes appears more distant than ever as the U.S., Russia and China ramp up activity at their test sites.
Taro Okamoto's "Myth of Tomorrow," a mural installed on the wall of a walkway at Tokyo's Shibuya Station
Sep 25, 2023
Taro Okamoto's atomic bomb mural in Tokyo to be restored
The first phase of the restoration work, beginning from the right side of the piece, will commence on Oct. 10 and span approximately 40 days.
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.
Marshall Islands President David Kabua addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 21, 2023
Marshall Islands calls on U.S. to address legacy of nuclear testing
The Pacific Island nation said it wanted to maintain ties with the U.S., but noted that Washington must address its legacy of mass nuclear testing.
Group of Seven leaders, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (center), lay floral wreaths at the Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on May 19.
Sep 20, 2023
Kishida eyes return to stalled fissile treaty. That may be a nonstarter.
Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Kishida said Japan will work to facilitate discussions between nuclear and nonnuclear weapon states.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu after receiving a gift at their luncheon during Kim's visit to the port of Vladivostok, Russia, on Saturday.
Sep 17, 2023
North Korea's Kim talks up defense ties as Russia trip concludes
Both countries hinted at the “strategic importance” of bilateral ties during Kim's visit — despite U.S. warnings against any arms deals.
U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi attends a press conference during the International Atomic Energy Agency 's 35-nation Board of Governors meeting in Vienna on Sept. 11.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 17, 2023
IAEA blasts Iran over latest inspector exclusion
Iran's Foreign Ministry said the move was in retaliation for "political abuses" by the U.S., France, Germany and Britain.
Draft documents show a hole of about €220 million ($235 million) in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s €650 million budget for this year, with the U.S. and China being the biggest debtors.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 15, 2023
Nuke watchdog risks running out of money amid U.S.-China tensions
The last time the IAEA was in such dire financial straits was in the mid-1990s.
Russian President Vladimir Putin greets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Vostochny Сosmodrome in Russia's far eastern Amur region on Wednesday.
Sep 13, 2023
At talks, Putin tells Kim Russia could help North Korea build satellites
Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin amid warnings by the U.S. against a possible arms deal that the two leaders were reportedly seeking.
Passengers wait for their train in front of a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile, at the main railway station in Seoul in July.
Sep 13, 2023
North Korea fires off two ballistic missiles as Kim visits Russia
Both missiles appeared to have landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 nautical miles (370 km) from its coast.
The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a nuclear fusion demonstration project, in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France, in October 2016
Sep 12, 2023
Fusion research shouldn’t be a nuclear weapons side hustle
Some question the wisdom of improving nuclear weapons while advocating for the separation of fusion research from weapons development.
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.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world