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Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review likely postponed

Mar. 24, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A major U.N. conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, considered the cornerstone of global efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, is “likely to be postponed” because of the coronavirus pandemic, a U.N. official said Tuesday. U.N. deputy...

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday Feb. 28, 2020, en route to North Charleston, S.C., for a campaign rally. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump pushing for three-way arms control with Russia, China

Feb. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has informed Moscow that the U.S. is open to holding a summit with other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in hopes of pushing for three-way arms control pact with Russia and China, a senior administration official said Friday. The New START...

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...

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...

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 Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington.  Esper said Tuesday he is looking to NATO allies for more help countering the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and in bolstering U.S. defense efforts in the Middle East more broadly. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

US to seek more help from NATO to counter Islamic State

Feb. 11, 2020 3:13 PM EST

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he is looking to NATO allies for more help countering the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and in bolstering U.S. defense efforts in the Middle East more broadly. In an interview while flying to Brussels to attend a NATO defense...

In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, listens as President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump aide ties Israeli settlements to rising anti-Semitism

Feb. 5, 2020 2:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned Palestinians on Wednesday that Israeli settlements will continue to expand because rising anti-Semitism around the world means more Jews will immigrate to Israel. Addressing many hot-button global issues in a speech and discussion...