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Russian diplomat pushes for nuclear pact's extension

Feb. 27, 2020 7:37 AM EST

A Russian diplomat on Thursday reaffirmed Moscow's push for extending the last remaining nuclear treaty with the United States, saying there is no time left to negotiate any changes to that. Vladimir Leontyev, a deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's arms control department, said during parliamentary...

UN disarmament chief: nuclear arms race is threatening world

Feb. 26, 2020 11:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. disarmament chief warned Wednesday that the specter of an unbridled nuclear arms race is threatening the world for the first time since the 1970s, the height of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Izumi Nakamitsu didn’t name any...

Colorado highway project faces setback after plutonium found

Feb. 26, 2020 7:18 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A planned highway that would complete a belt route around the Denver area has seen a major setback after a city pulled out over elevated plutonium levels found in soil along the route near a former nuclear weapons plant. The Broomfield City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to withdraw from...

3 structures at high risk of collapsing at Hanford site

Feb. 25, 2020 1:21 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Three radioactively contaminated structures are at high risk of collapsing on a former nuclear weapons production site, but could be stabilized by filling them with a concrete-like grout within the next year, the federal government said. Otherwise, the U.S. Department of Energy has...

Report: Feds need to do more to prevent failures at Hanford

Feb. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government needs to do more to prevent the failure of radioactively contaminated facilities at an aging nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, the Government Accountability Office said this week. The partial collapse in 2017 of a tunnel containing radioactive...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives to brief members of the Senate on the details of the threat that prompted the U.S. to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Capitol Hill in Washington. When President Donald Trump laments the “craziness” of spending billions of dollars to modernize America's nuclear weapons, he is referring in part to plans for replacing the B-52 bombers and silo-based missiles that stand ready near Minot, N.D. Esper visited Minot on Wednesday, Feb. 19, for a firsthand look.  (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Pentagon chief visits nuke base to highlight weapon spending

Feb. 20, 2020 12:05 AM EST

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his first-ever visit to a nuclear missile field in frigid North Dakota to tout the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar plan for a top-to-bottom modernization of the nuclear arsenal. The costly project is necessary, he said, to keep...

UN experts: North Korea enhances nukes and illicit trade

Feb. 14, 2020 8:24 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say North Korea has increased imports and exports of banned and restricted goods such as coal and petroleum products as it continues to enhance its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs in violation of sanctions. The experts identified new methods that the...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump still hoping for US-Russia-China nuclear arms pact

Feb. 14, 2020 4:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has not made a decision about whether to extend the only treaty that constrains U.S. and Russian nuclear forces because administration officials want more time to coax China into a three-way arms control pact. China, which is poised to at least double the size of its...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, a construction worker stands in front of a door with the EU stars at EU headquarters in Brussels. The Brexit process shook the EU foundations and laid bare the need for much-delayed renovations, but tthe question now is where to start the revamp and who is going to foot the bill. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

With Britain out, the unwieldy EU faces major budget battle

Feb. 14, 2020 2:27 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit drama shook the foundations of the European Union for years and laid bare the need for much-delayed political renovations at the 27-nation bloc. But now that Britain has finally left, where does the EU revamp even start and who is going to foot the bill? Those questions loom...

U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper, left, speaks with Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. NATO ministers, in a two-day meeting will discuss building stability in the Middle East, the Alliance's support for Afghanistan and challenges posed by Russia's missile systems. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

While US worries about China, Europe stays focused on Russia

Feb. 13, 2020 2:14 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — China and its increasingly sophisticated and far-flung military sit atop U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper's list of international security worries, but in Europe a bigger concern is closer to home: Russia. The Trump administration has been trying since 2018 to reorient its defense strategy...