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North Korea threatens to boost nuke capability in reaction to US-South Korea deterrence guidelines

Jul. 13, 2024 21:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Saturday to boost its nuclear fighting capability and make the United States and South Korea pay “an unimaginably harsh price” as it slammed its rivals’ new defense guidelines that it says reveal an intention to invade the North. ...

US and South Korea sign joint nuclear deterrence guidelines in face of North Korean threats

Jul. 12, 2024 06:30 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and South Korea signed joint nuclear deterrence guidelines for the first time, a basic yet important step in their efforts to improve their ability to respond to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats. Meeting Thursday on the sidelines of a...

New Sentinel nuclear weapons program is 81% over budget. But Pentagon says it must go forward

Jul. 09, 2024 12:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Sentinel nuclear weapons program is 81% over budget and is now estimated to cost nearly $141 billion, but the Pentagon is moving forward with the program, saying that given the threats from China and Russia it does not have a choice. The Northrop Grumman...

Putin sees no need for nuclear weapons to win in Ukraine. But he's also keeping his options open

Jul. 06, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

The message to NATO from President Vladimir Putin was simple and stark: Don't go too far in providing military support for Ukraine, or you'll risk a conflict with Russia that could quickly turn nuclear. As the war in Ukraine turns slowly in Moscow's favor, Putin declared he doesn’t...

British PM’s 1st day at 10 Downing St. will stretch from nuclear weapons briefing to Larry the cat

Jul. 05, 2024 09:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — After a few hours of sleep to shake off a night of celebration and an audience with the king, Keir Starmer stepped through the front door of 10 Downing St. for the first time as prime minister on Friday. When he did, he entered the alternate reality of a man who meets...

US and allies clash with Tehran and Moscow over Iranian nuclear program at UN Security Council

Jun. 25, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and its key European allies clashed with Iran and Russia over Tehran’s expanding nuclear program, with the U.S. vowing “to use all means necessary to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran” in a U.N. Security Council meeting on Monday. The U.S.,...

Russia and North Korea have had a complicated relationship over the decades

Jun. 18, 2024 14:02 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is in North Korea for a summit with its leader, Kim Jong Un, as the two nations deepen their cooperation. The visit comes amid growing concerns about an arrangement in which Pyongyang provides Moscow with badly needed munitions to...

Nuclear-armed nations are deepening their reliance on their nuclear weapons, watchdog finds

Jun. 17, 2024 03:16 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The world's nine nuclear-armed states continue to modernize their nuclear weapons as the countries deepened their reliance on such deterrence in 2023, a Swedish think tank said Monday. “We have not seen nuclear weapons playing such a prominent role in...

Russia, Belarus launch a second stage of drills to train troops in tactical nuclear weapons

Jun. 11, 2024 09:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and its ally Belarus on Tuesday launched a second stage of drills intended to train their troops in tactical nuclear weapons, part of the Kremlin's efforts to discourage the West from ramping up support for Ukraine. In announcing the nuclear maneuvers last...

Putin says he sees no threat warranting use of nuclear arms but warns Russia could arm Western foes

Jun. 07, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he sees no current threat to Russia’s sovereignty that would warrant the use of nuclear weapons but again warned that Moscow could send arms to countries or groups to strike Western targets. Speaking at the...