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August 1, 2014

China confirms new generation nuclear-capable ICBM that can target US

The Sydney Morning Herald
Agence France-Presse
China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reports.

August 1, 2014

NUKE JUDGEMENT: Former ICJ president reveals 'nightmare' in 1996 landmark opinion on nuclear weapons

The Asahi Shimbun
Fumihiko Yoshida
A major turning point in the international movement to ban nuclear weapons because of their inhumane nature occurred in 1996, and it came down to the vote of one man, Mohammed Bedjaoui.

July 31, 2014

The Specter of North Korean ICBMs

The Diplomat
Clint Richards
Despite North Korea’s increasing isolation from its only strategic ally and benefactor, China, it has remained resolute in its antagonistic stance against the U.S. in recent weeks, especially as South Korea and the U.S. conduct regular military drills in the region. North Korea has responded by increasing its tempo of missile launches, and on Wednesday it was revealed that Pyongyang could be preparing for a full intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

July 31, 2014

Russia rebuffs NATO over nuclear missile treaty

RT.com
The Russian Foreign Ministry has sharply criticized NATO’s Secretary General for intervening in the row over the INF nuclear missile treaty, pointing out that NATO was not a signatory, but that the alliance’s member states could always join.

July 30, 2014

Should America Keep Its Aging Nuclear Missiles?

npr
Geoff Brumfiel
Sixty feet beneath western Nebraska, Lt. Raj Bansal sits in front of an ancient-looking computer console used to monitor 10 nuclear missiles. Everything in this command bunker feels outdated, including the tiny toilet. It's working today, but like a lot of equipment down here, it doesn't always. Bansal points to a drain under the command post.

July 30, 2014

Is Obama Changing His Mind About Nuclear Weapons?

Politico Magazine
Douglas Birch
Since the start of his presidency, Barack Obama has been clear that one of his major goals was to secure nuclear weapons and materials. As recently as March, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Holland, the president declared: “It is important for us not to relax but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years.”

July 30, 2014

The Obama administration is spending billions of dollars on nuclear weapons

Global Post
Douglas Birch Center for Public Integrity
Since the start of his presidency, Barack Obama has been clear that one of his major goals was to secure nuclear weapons and materials, and as recently as March, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Holland, the president declared that “it is important for us not to relax but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years.”

July 30, 2014

Russia: Officials Deny Violating Treaty

The New York Times
Neil MacFarquhar
Russia denied on Wednesday accusations by the United States that it had violated a significant arms control treaty by testing cruise missiles. The statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Washington of airing old grievances and using “megaphone diplomacy” to try to score political points during the Ukraine crisis.

July 30, 2014

Admiral: World getting ‘numb’ to N.K. missiles

The Korea Herald
Associated Press
Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014

Lawmakers Voice Skepticism on Iran Nuclear Deal

The New York Times
David E. Sanger
The Obama administration officials engaged in nuclear negotiations with Iran ran into a wall of skepticism at two congressional hearings on Tuesday, with members of both parties insisting on a vote on any final agreement with the Tehran government and administration officials strongly hinting that they have little intention of complying.

July 29, 2014

UK-US sign secret new deal on nuclear weapons

The Guardian
Richard Norton-Taylor
A new agreement critical to Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system, was signed the other day by British and US officials. Whitehall was silent. We had to rely on the White House, and a message from Barack Obama to the US Congress, to tell us that the 1958 UK-US Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA) had been updated.

July 29, 2014

U.S. nuclear negotiator declines setting deadline on Iran deal

Reuters
Patricia Zengerle
The lead U.S. nuclear negotiator declined to give a final deadline on Tuesday for negotiating a final nuclear agreement with Iran, but said participants mean to finish the international talks at the end of the current four-month extension.

July 28, 2014

Why Gulf states seek status quo from Iran nuclear negotiations

The Christian Science Monitor
Christa Case Bryant
The extension of nuclear negotiations between Shi’a Iran and world powers over Tehran’s illicit nuclear program and the prospect of a permanent deal are fueling fear among Sunni naysayers that extends far beyond nukes. A thawing of relations with the West through continued diplomacy may well go far in uniting minority groups in the Middle East with the same strategic interest: opposition to Sunni rule.

July 28, 2014

Report: North Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

The Hill
Rebecca Shabad
A senior North Korean military official on Sunday threatened to launch a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon, according to Agence France-Presse. "If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival ... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon — the sources of all evil," Hwang Pyong-So said in a speech in Pyongyang during a military rally.

July 28, 2014

U.S. Said to Find Russia Violated Nuclear Arms Treaty

Bloomberg
Margaret Talev
The U.S. determined that Russia violated a Cold War-era arms-control treaty barring it from making, possessing or testing a type of cruise-missile, according to an Obama administration official.

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