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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...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with members of a working group created to discuss constitutional amendments in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Putin said the changes in the constitution he proposed would only take effect if approved in a nationwide vote. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

Feb. 13, 2020 1:59 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power. Putin raised the idea of constitutional amendments last...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Advocates for cleaning up the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year for the work. The budget cut released in a proposal on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, is almost certain to delay the cleanup, which is on a legally-enforced schedule. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Critics decry proposed cuts in Hanford nuclear cleanup plan

Feb. 12, 2020 11:16 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Advocates for cleaning up a former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year. The proposal released Monday by President Donald Trump called for cutting the annual Hanford cleanup...

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...

Air Force discloses drug investigation at nuke missile base

Feb. 10, 2020 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security guards at an Air Force base responsible for protecting strategic nuclear missiles in three states are under investigation for alleged marijuana use, Air Force officials said Monday. They are part of the same security force whose members were caught using the hallucinogen LSD four...

In this image taken from video an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. The rocket failed to put the satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. (IRIB via AP)

Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

Feb. 9, 2020 3:10 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s...

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Ecole Militaire Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron, who leads the European Union's only post-Brexit nuclear power, on Friday advocated a more coordinated EU defense strategy in which France, and its arsenal, would hold a central role. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

France seeks lead post-Brexit role in EU nuclear strategy

Feb. 7, 2020 3:20 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday advocated a more coordinated European Union defense strategy in which France, the bloc's only post-Brexit nuclear power, and its arsenal would occupy a central role. Macron outlined France's nuclear strategy during a speech to graduating military...