Nuclear weapons - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Nuclear weapons UN-backed panel adopts draft treaty banning nuclear weapons GENEVA (AP) — A panel charged by the U.N. General Assembly has presented a draft that could lead to a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, although none of the countries that possess them participated in its writing. Advocates of the draft unveiled in Geneva on Monday say the move builds on work officially launched last October, followed by a first negotiation ... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:44:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:44:00Z North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in Fe... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:49:00Z Mattis: Military solution to NKorea would be 'tragic' WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says a military solution to the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale." Mattis says the North's latest missile test showed it wasn't heeding cautions from the international community. But he stressed the need for a peaceful resolution by working through the U.N. a... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:42:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:42:00Z With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward preserving the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, coupling the move with fresh ballistic missile sanctions to show it isn't going light on the Islamic republic. The State Department said Iran would continue to enjoy relief from decades-old economic measures punishing Tehran for its... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:51:00Z The Latest: Security Council condemns NKorea missile test SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowing to impose new sanctions in response to its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of council demands to halt all nuclear-related tests. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:58:00Z Markets keep cyberattack and North Korea concerns in check LONDON (AP) — Financial markets on Monday brushed aside worries over the "WannaCry" ransomware cyberattack as well as another missile test from North Korea. Oil prices spiked higher amid growing speculation that last year's production cut will be extended into 2018. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.1 percent to 7,444, just short of its... Mon, 15 May 2017 12:44:00 GMT 2017-05-15T12:44:00Z Asian shares gain, shrug off cyberattack, NK missile launch TOKYO (AP) — Shares were higher Monday in Asia, despite worries of disruptions from the "WannaCry" ransomware cyberattack over the weekend. Yet another missile launch by North Korea also appeared to have little impact, while upbeat talk on trade and infrastructure investment at a top-level conference in China brightened sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's N... Mon, 15 May 2017 07:36:00 GMT 2017-05-15T07:36:00Z The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z UK Labour leader accuses Theresa May of 'pandering' to Trump LONDON (AP) — Britain's main opposition leader on Friday accused Prime Minister Theresa May of pandering to an "erratic" U.S. administration, as defense and security took center-stage in the U.K. election campaign. May was the first world leader to visit Donald Trump after his inauguration, and has stressed the importance of the trans-Atlantic "special re... Fri, 12 May 2017 13:14:00 GMT 2017-05-12T13:14:00Z Tunnel Collapse Renews Fears About Nuclear Sites The collapse of a tunnel containing radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear weapons complex underscored what critics have long been saying: The toxic... Thu, 11 May 2017 01:46:00 GMT 2017-05-11T01:46:00Z The Latest: New S. Korean president hints at trip to NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's presidential election (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, saying he looks forward to working together to develop their relationship and tackle North Korean threats. Ab... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:59:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:59:00Z The Latest: Chinese media warn N. Korea against nuke test PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 1:05 p.m. A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper is warning North Korea against conducting another nuclear test, saying that would likely propel events past the "point of no return." In an editorial Tuesday, the Global ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:35:00 GMT 2017-04-25T04:35:00Z Minister: China wants nuclear weapons eliminated in Korea ATHENS, Greece (AP) — China's foreign minister says China insists on the elimination of nuclear weapons in the Korean peninsula and will continue to pursue the resumption of talks among the involved parties. Wang Yi, who is visiting Greece to take part in an international forum on ancient civilizations, made the comments when asked about North Korea's nuc... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:30:00 GMT 2017-04-23T12:30:00Z UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council threatened new sanctions against North Korea Thursday in a strongly-worded condemnation of its latest missile launch after the U.S. agreed to a Russian request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang. The council said North Korea's illegal missile and nuclear activities "are greatly increasing tensio... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:44:00 GMT 2017-04-20T18:44:00Z EU says China, Europe have interest in averting Korea crisis BEIJING (AP) — EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini expressed concern Thursday about rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and said China and Europe have a common responsibility to avoid a military escalation on the Korean Peninsula. In a speech at Tsinghua University on her final day of a three-day trip to Beijing, Mogherini w... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:46:00 GMT 2017-04-20T06:46:00Z The Latest: Tillerson calls China official to discuss NKorea WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 2 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken with China's foreign policy chief about North Korea. The State Department says Tillerson called Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi (yahng jee-uh-CHEHR') over the weekend... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:03:00 GMT 2017-04-17T18:03:00Z Asian shares mixed as Korean tensions persist TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed Monday as worries over tensions on the Korean Peninsula persist following a failed missile launch by North Korea over the weekend. Markets in Hong Kong and Australia were closed for Easter holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 0.1 percent to 18,355.26, and South Korea's Kospi added 0.5 percent to 2,144.75. ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:20:00 GMT 2017-04-17T06:20:00Z US: North Korean test missile explodes on launch SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean missile exploded during launch Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful U.S. aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force. It wasn't immediately clear what kind of missile was test-fired from the east coast city of Sinpo. But the failu... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 04:26:00 GMT 2017-04-16T04:26:00Z Chinese foreign minister: No winners if Korea war breaks out BEIJING (AP) — There can be no winners in a war between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, while pledging support for dialogue between the sides. Wang's comments Friday mark the latest attempt to cool tensions by North Korea's most important ally and key provider of food a... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 04:18:00 GMT 2017-04-15T04:18:00Z The Latest: NKorea: Trump's policy more vicious than Obama's PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 12:40 p.m. North Korea's vice foreign minister says President Donald Trump's policy toward the country is more "vicious and aggressive" than President Barack Obama's. Vice Minister Han Song Ryol told The Associated Press th... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:02:00 GMT 2017-04-14T05:02:00Z UN strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch and demanded a halt to all missile tests, stressing again that they violate U.N. sanctions and "are significantly increasing tension in the region and beyond." A press statement agreed to by all 15 members expresses "utmost concern" at N... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-04-06T20:23:00Z N. Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of Trump-Xi meeting SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a newly developed powerful ballistic missile into its eastern waters Wednesday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, amid worries the North might conduct nuclear or long-range rocket tests ahead of the first summit between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week. The initial U.S.... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:44:00 GMT 2017-04-05T04:44:00Z Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. talks aimed at banning nuclear weapons began Monday, but the United States, Russia, China and other nuclear-armed nations are sitting out a discussion they see as impractical. Supporters of the potential pact say it's time to push harder toward eliminating atomic weapons than nations have been doing through the nearly 50-year-ol... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:14:00 GMT 2017-03-27T23:14:00Z Air Force arsenal of land-based nukes shrinking as planned WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump's argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower. The ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:17:00 GMT 2017-03-20T07:17:00Z Judge nixes another part of SC's nuclear fuel lawsuit COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina can keep pressuring the U.S. government to remove weapons-grade plutonium from the state, but its lawsuit lacks teeth after a second adverse ruling by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs ruled Tuesday that the state can't claim the feds are violating the constitution by failing to complete a project to... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT 2017-03-15T17:00:00Z China premier calls for return to talks on Korean nukes BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called Wednesday for new talks to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula, ahead of a visit to the region this week by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is expected to focus heavily on efforts to end North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs. Li said China was a strong supporter of U.N. resolutio... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:29:00 GMT 2017-03-15T05:29:00Z Russia insists it hasn't violated nuclear arms pact MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is insisting that it has adhered to its obligations under a key nuclear arms treaty, rebuffing U.S. claims to the contrary. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova urged Washington on Friday to offer proof to support its claims that Russia violated the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Gen. Paul Se... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:09:00 GMT 2017-03-10T13:09:00Z Kremlin denies violating nuclear arms pact with US MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. claims of Russian violations of a landmark nuclear arms treaty, saying it has respected the pact and will continue to do so. The controversy over the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty adds another thorn in the side for U.S. President Donald Trump's declared goal of improving ties with Moscow, coming at a time wh... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:05:00 GMT 2017-03-09T14:05:00Z US general says Russia has deployed banned missile WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. general on Wednesday accused Russia of deploying a land-based cruise missile in violation of "the spirit and intent" of a nuclear arms treaty and charged that Moscow's intention is to threaten U.S. facilities in Europe and the NATO alliance. "We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a thre... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT 2017-03-08T21:00:00Z Seoul: North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles into ocean SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehear... 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