02 Aug 2019

The Landmark US-Russia Arms Control Treaty Is Dead

On Friday, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that played a key role in ending the Cold War nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, officially became defunct. The INF Treaty collapsed in February when the US government announced that it will pull out of the agreement, a

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05 Jul 2019

NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

NATO is considering to upgrade its missile defense capabilities in order to defend against Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles that were banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that is set to be dissolved in August unless the US and Russia reverse their decision to abandon the agreement. In

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30 May 2019

US Believes Russia Has Restarted Low-Yield Nuclear Tests

US officials on Wednesday said the government thinks that Russia has begun to conduct low-yield nuclear tests again, which would be a violation of “the zero-yield standard” that is part of the international nuclear test ban treaty. The officials stated that the tests could be conducted to improve a range

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22 May 2019

Nuclear war risk highest since WWII, UN arms research chief warns

Today the risk of nuclear weapons being used is higher than it has been at any time since World War II, the director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Renata Dwan said on Tuesday. Dwan argued that the increased risk of nuclear war results from changes to arms-control

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17 Apr 2019

Satellite images may show reprocessing activity at North Korea nuclear site: U.S. researchers

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is warning that satellite images from last week indicate renewed activity at Yongbyon, a site at the heart of North Korea’s nuclear program. According to the Washington-based think tank, the current activity resembles that of “the movement of radioactive material or reprocessing

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01 Apr 2019

Treaty’s end would give U.S., Russia impetus to make more nukes: study

On Monday, nonprofit research organization CNA will release a comprehensive study on what will happen if the US and Russia do not renew the New START strategic nuclear disarmament treaty that is set to expire in 2021, or if they abandon the treaty before it expires. Experts warn that the

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28 Mar 2019

US Approved Secret Nuclear Power Work for Saudi Arabia

According to a document seen by various news organizations including Reuters and the Daily Beast, the Trump administration has authorized six companies to sell nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia as part of a wider government effort to transfer nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is planning to

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15 Mar 2019

North Korea may break off US talks and resume missile tests, official says

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui said this week that the US “has thrown away a golden opportunity” by walking away from last month’s US-North Korea summit in Hanoi. At the time, US President Trump explained that the North Korean delegation demanded that the US lift all sanctions on

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15 Mar 2019

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia

Earlier this week, US Department of Defense (DoD) officials announced that the department will start building and testing two new types of missiles that used to be banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which collapsed last month when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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14 Mar 2019

Are the rules which have stopped nuclear war broken?

This week, the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference took place in Washington DC. The general tone of the conference was depressing, with speakers indicating different ways in which the rules that stopped nuclear war in the past seem to be falling short. Close to the end of the Cold War,

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