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Israel, US intercept long-range missiles during joint drill

Mar. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and the U.S. have successfully intercepted a series of medium to long-range ballistic missiles in a joint drill. The missile test in southern Israel was conducted Tuesday by the Israeli Ministry of Defense along with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Rafael, an Israeli defense...

US backs Venezuela opposition to take UN disarmament role

Mar. 19, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat says her country wants an envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to take up the rotating presidency of a key U.N. disarmament body in two months. Assistant Secretary Yleem Poblete used the United States' turn to hold the rotating presidency of the Conference on...

Europeans urge Russia to return to arms-control treaty

Mar. 15, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A group of European nations is urging Russia not to abandon a nuclear weapons treaty with the United States. Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are also calling for new arms control agreements to address the rising power of China and other nations. The U.S. gave notice of its intention to...

US plans tests this year of long-banned types of missiles

Mar. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday. By moving forward with these missile...

The Latest: Activists say Russia airstrikes hit Idlib prison

Mar. 13, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in and related to Syria (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Activists say Russian airstrikes have hit the central prison in rebel-held Idlib in northwest Syria, leading to the escape of dozens of prisoners. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes...

Pakistan air force says fighter jet test-fired smart missile

Mar. 13, 2019 2:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's air force says one of its fighter jets successfully test-fired a locally developed missile, described as a "smart weapon." The announcement follows recent skirmishes with rival India over disputed Kashmir during which Pakistan said it shot down two Indian planes and captured a...

US envoy: NKorea denuclearization must not be incremental

Mar. 11, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will insist North Korea follow through on its commitment to completely eliminate its nuclear weapons before the U.S. agrees to the lifting of international sanctions, the State Department's special envoy for North Korea said Monday. In his first public comments...

Russian defense ministry boasts about revived military power

Mar. 11, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has commissioned more than 1,000 new aircraft and thousands of tanks in the past few years in a massive modernization effort amid tensions with the West, the nation's defense minister said Monday. Sergei Shoigu boasted of the military's achievements in his six years on...

Bolton: Trump would be 'pretty disappointed' at Kim test

Mar. 10, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — The top national security adviser says President Donald Trump would be "pretty disappointed" if North Korea were to launch a new rocket or missile test, as some experts believe he could be preparing to do. Speaking on ABC's "This Week," John Bolton would not confirm reports...

Analysts: Normal operations restored at NKorean launch site

Mar. 8, 2019 4:59 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. analysts say North Korea appears to have restored normal operations at a long-range rocket launch site it had partially dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps. Some experts say North Korea is trying to convey displeasure over the breakdown of a high-stakes nuclear...