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Tests on nuclear weapons change rainfall patterns

Tests from the cold war nuclear missiles program affected the environment, in terms of alterations to rainfall. The data shows the radioactive period following nuclear tests changed rainfall thousands of miles from the detonation sites.

Predictive analytics assesses an India-Pakistan nuclear war

Any nuclear war would devastating, but how devastating and it does it matter when or where? A further factor is with the continued after-effects of any bombs exploded. Predictive analytics assesses a potential conflict between India and Pakistan.

Putin oversees test Wednesday of new hypersonic glide vehicle

Moscow - Russia tested a new hypersonic glide missile system today under direct orders from President Vladimir Putin, according to reports from Russian state media.

Feds to announce best site option for nuclear weapons production

Washington - The federal agency that oversees the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile is expected to release a report this week on the best site option for the United States as it looks to ramp up production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear warheads.

Top U.S. diplomat arrives in Japan for talks with G-7 nations

Tokyo - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Japan today for meetings with G-7 nations in the highest-level U.S. visit to the site of the world's first nuclear bombing.

Saudi Arabia considers buying nuclear weapons from Pakistan

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia is said to be engaged in a strategic review of its security that includes as one possibility acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan.

Op-Ed: Problems with ISIL? Just Nuke 'em says Republican Senator

Bigelow - Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has the solution for putting ISIL in its place: Nuke the jihad out of them! Rapert fired off this salvo on his Facebook page by trotting out the idea that "God is love."

N. Korea may be restarting nuclear reactor for atom bomb research

U.S. security think tank 38 North has analyzed satellite imagery and surmises that North Korea may be restarting a research reactor to carry on atomic bomb research.

Catch 22: North Korean nukes

Tokyo - The Government of Japan will only partially lift a ban on North Korean ships entering Japan as part of an ongoing rapprochement with Pyongyang.

Israel: Nuclear deal with Iran will spark Mideast nuclear race

Israel has criticized remarks made by US Secretary of State John Kerry regarding Iran's nuclear program claiming that a nuclear-capable Iran will trigger an arms race amongst the Arab Sunni states of the region.

84-year old activist nun Megan Rice sentenced to 35 months

Ocilla - Megan Rice, an 84-year-old nun, was sentenced to almost three years in jail yesterday (February 18) for breaking into a U.S. nuclear weapons plant.

Christian anti-nuclear activists sentenced to years behind bars

Knoxville - Three Christian activists, including an elderly nun, arrested for breaking into a US nuclear weapons base in an act of civil disobedience have been sentenced to between three and five years behind bars.

White House pressured by key senators over Iran nuclear talks

As negotiations with Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program entered its second day on Sunday, President Barack Obama remained under fire by key senators from both parties for ignoring prior legislation on Iranian sanctions.

Op-Ed: Japan defence budgets increase along with China tensions

Tokyo - Japan and China tensions over East China Sea islands, that both countries claim to own, continue to increase resulting in Japan deciding to increase its defence budget.

Kerry stands firm against Iran skeptics, urging no new sanctions

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday, calling for Congress to give diplomacy a chance and hold off from imposing any new sanctions against Iran.

Report: Launch code for US nukes was 00000000 for 20 years

A Columbia University computer science professor has uncovered a paper written by a former US Air Force missile officer revealing the shockingly simple secret launch codes for American nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

Netanyahu on the Iranian Geneva decision: 'I will not shut up'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing criticism for his public comments on the U.S.-led Geneva agreement with Iran, vowed that he will "not shut up."

Saudi Arabia on Iran deal: Concerns on being 'lied to' by U.S.

In the wake of the controversial deal brokered with Iran in Geneva over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Saudi Arabia, concerned about being "lied to," is opting for its own proactive foreign policy agenda.

Netanyahu: Iran nuclear agreement in Geneva is 'historic mistake'

Speaking from Jerusalem just hours after Western powers struck a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his stark disagreement with the deal.

US and South Korea agree new strategic pact to counter Pyongyang

Seoul - Defense Ministers from the US and South Korea yesterday signed a new agreement aimed at deterring North Korean deployment nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. The pact follows months of threatening rhetoric from Pyongyang.

Rouhani -- Israel has obligation to join non-proliferation treaty

Iran's President Hasan Rouhani has called upon Israel to join and abide by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and puts any nuclear weapons it may have under international control.

US eastern seaboard narrowly averted nuclear incineration in 1961

Goldsboro - Papers recently obtained by a journalist under freedom of information laws (FOIA requests) show just how close the US Eastern seaboard came to being engulfed in a nuclear holocaust in 1961.

UK Lib Dems want to ‘step down the nuclear ladder’ over Trident

Liberal Democrat members at their conference in the UK are calling for what they term a “step down the nuclear ladder” with a reduction in the number of Trident submarines.

Signs of North Korea restarting Yongbyon nuclear facility

Recently released satellite imagery points to North Korea restarting a nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear facility. The worry for Western defense analysts is that Yongbyon is capable of producing plutonium, an essential component of nuclear weapons.

Arab nations to single out Israel over nuclear weapons

Arab nations are restarting previous efforts to single out Israel for criticism in an upcoming international conference for its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Op-Ed: Iranian Election Apathy

Don't believe the post-Iranian election hype: Nothing's going to change with Rouhani in charge after Ahmadinejad leaves office. Despite the fanfare over Rouhani’s election win, there’s really nothing to look forward to in regard to Iran’s future.

Israeli intelligence minister: Iran plans 30 nuclear bombs a year

In the backdrop of an Iranian election that features nuclear hard lines from all 8 candidates, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz asserts that Iran is determined to establish the ability to create 30 nuclear bombs a year.

Op-Ed: US to spend over $10 billion upgrading nuclear bombs

Washington - Critics are accusing Obama of reneging on his disarmament pledges not to deploy new weapons, after a plan emerges to spend $10 billion on upgrading nuclear bombs which would turn some weapons into guided missiles.

North Korea: We'll talk if you meet the following criteria

North Korea has said it will sit down and negotiate over its nuclear program if the UN sanctions leveled against it are ceased and the US and South Korea put an end to regional military drills.

Op-Ed: North Korea Threatens US with nuclear strike on American cities

Asia Pacific crisis continues as North Korea points more missiles toward U.S. North Korea warns its military is cleared to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons, while the US moves missile defenses to Guam. Does the North have mobile ICBM capability?
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Timeline of nuclear and major missile tests in North Korea
Timeline of nuclear and major missile tests in North Korea
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Ramin Mehmanparast
Ramin Mehmanparast
Test Bravo  a 15-megaton nuclear detonation 1 000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped o...
Test Bravo, a 15-megaton nuclear detonation 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was detonated on Bikini atoll.
United States Department of Energy
A 23 kiloton tower shot called BADGER  fired on April 18  1953 at the Nevada Test Site  as part of t...
A 23 kiloton tower shot called BADGER, fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of the Operation Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series.
A 23 kiloton tower shot called BADGER, fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of t
A French Pluton short-range tactical ballistic nuclear missile (SRBM)  installed on an AMX-30 tank.
A French Pluton short-range tactical ballistic nuclear missile (SRBM), installed on an AMX-30 tank.
Fat Man on transport carriage  Tinian Island  1945. National Archives photo.
Fat Man on transport carriage, Tinian Island, 1945. National Archives photo.
National Archives
Countries that are holding the world to ransom. To date only the US has used a nuclear weapon agains...
Countries that are holding the world to ransom. To date only the US has used a nuclear weapon against another country
North Korea's missile and nuclear tests
North Korea's missile and nuclear tests
Laurence CHU, AFP
Ten AK-47s  ten magazines and hundreds of bullets were found on a Palestinian boat in the Dead Sea.
Ten AK-47s, ten magazines and hundreds of bullets were found on a Palestinian boat in the Dead Sea.
Israeli Defense Forces
Syrian nuclear reactor under construction  fuel tubes and reactor room floor prior to concrete pour.
Syrian nuclear reactor under construction, fuel tubes and reactor room floor prior to concrete pour.
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