When President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from a long-standing nuclear weapons treaty with Russia on Feb. 1, his actions set the stage for what many fear could be a new arms race between the global superpowers. Trump's decision was announced less than two weeks after scientists and policy experts with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) presented the 2019 position for the Doomsday Clock — a hypothetical clock whose time symbolizes how close the Earth is to destruction from nuclear war and other global threats. On Jan. 24, BAS representatives declared that the clock's hands would continue to stand at 2 minutes to midnight, the closest to absolute annihilation since the peak of the Cold War in 1953. Their dire warning came on the heels of the Trump administration's statement of intent in October to withdraw the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which was established in 1987 to restrict nuclear arsenals, according to a BAS statement. Now … [Read more...] about With the US-Russian Nuclear Treaty in Tatters, Is ‘Doomsday’ Ticking Closer?
Updated 2:41 pm CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber with Russian President Vladimir Putin aboard flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk. The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have arrived in Venezuela, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. (Alexei Panov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) less FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber with Russian President Vladimir Putin aboard flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk. The Russian ... more Photo: Alexei Panov, AP Photo: Alexei Panov, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this Tuesday, … [Read more...] about Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea
Jul 20, 4:43 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Shubham Sharma 07/20/18 AT 4:05 AM Russia has started real-environment testing of its Poseidon drone — an underwater weapon that could carry nuclear warheads with an estimated yield of up to two megatons and destroy naval bases of enemies.On July 19, the press office of Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that all experimental work and system checks related to the underwater weapon have been completed, making it ready for going into the trial phase, state news agency TASS reported."Trials have been organized at the [testing] ranges of the Defense Ministry of Russia to confirm the dynamic characteristics of the apparatus during launches in a real environment and to check the parameters of the apparatus’s movement along the route in autonomous mode,” the Defense Ministry stated. “All the measures for creating the Poseidon system are … [Read more...] about Russian Nuclear Warhead-Capable Underwater Drone Poseidon Goes Into Testing
US President Donald Trump's plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been welcomed by the Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Photo: AFP A recent shift in nuclear weapons policies in the United States and Russia, involving upgrades, modernisation and growing arsenals is as dangerous as North Korea's nuclear threat, campaigners warned recently. Beatrice Fihn, who heads the Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), hailed an upcoming summit between the United States and North Korean in what Washington hopes will persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions. But she said there needed to be more focus on the dangers posed by the United States and other traditional nuclear-armed states, which have recently engaged in "dangerous escalatory activities." "The new nuclear policies from the United States and Russia that increase the arsenals and create new types of more … [Read more...] about US, Russian nuclear shift as dangerous as North Korean threat: campaigners
AMARILLO, Texas (Reuters) - In a sprawling plant near Amarillo, Texas, rows of workers perform by hand one of the most dangerous jobs in American industry. Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads. The U.S. Energy Department's Savannah River Site, with the unfinished building which was meant to make plutonium safe but now may not be finished until 2048, is seen in this aerial image, taken near Aiken, South Carolina, U. S. January 31, 2018. High Flyer © 2018/Handout via REUTERS Although many safety rules are in place, a slip of the hand could mean disaster. In Energy Department facilities around the country, there are 54 metric tons of surplus plutonium. Pantex, the plant near Amarillo, holds so much plutonium that it has exceeded the 20,000 cores, called “pits,” regulations allow it to hold in its temporary storage facility. There are enough cores there to … [Read more...] about America’s nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go