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  • Trump says N. Korean leader agrees to nuclear inspections

    09/18/2018 10:53:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | September 19, 2018 | Yonhap
    US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to allow nuclear inspectors in and permanently shut down nuclear and missile testing sites. Trump made the remarks in a tweet after Kim held his third summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang where the reclusive ruler reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula. "Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts," Trump said in the tweet. "In the meantime there...
  • The Iran Deal’s Disastrous Legacy Has Nothing to Do with Nukes

    09/18/2018 6:45:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 2018 | Noah Rothmans
    In March, State Department veteran and former adviser to Barack Obama, Frederic Hof, bid farewell to public life with a stunning admission. Amid a confession regarding his failure to prevent the expansion of the Syrian civil war into a regional crisis, Hof laid the blame for that all-consuming conflict (as well as a notable uptick in Russian aggression) at the feet of Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The administration sacrificed Syrian civilians and American credibility for the mistaken notion that Iran required appeasement in Syria as the price for a nuclear agreement,” Hof wrote. Today, with 500,000 dead, millions...
  • How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship: Prinz Eugen, once the pride [tr]

    09/18/2018 9:25:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Sept 17, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. military is trying to recover the oil form a ship that's been underwater for 72 years. In an interesting twist, it's not even an American warship. The United States captured the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen as a war prize after the end of World War II. The Prinz Eugen capsized in 1946 after being nuked—twice—during the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. For decades, experts have feared that the radioactive ship's oil might leak into the Pacific. Now the Pentagon is trying to do something about it.
  • Sheep Glands Point to Nukes as Source of Mysterious 1979 Explosion

    09/13/2018 6:23:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 12, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A mysterious event detected by U.S. satellites in 1979 was the detonation of an atomic bomb. The incident correlates with an equally mysterious rise in radioactivity in sheep in nearby Australia, confirming that a nuclear test took place. Experts believe that Israel and South Africa conducted a secret joint test of a tactical nuclear weapon in the Indian Ocean, hoping it would escape detection. On September 22, 1979, a U.S. Vela satellite, part of the globe-scanning U.S. Nuclear Detonation Detection System (NDS), detected the characteristic “double flash” of a nuclear weapon. Nuclear bombs produce two distinct flashes: the superheating of...
  • After the Bombs Fell: Imagining nuclear war with North Korea.

    09/02/2018 4:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 2, 2018 | Ethan Epstein
    Works of fiction that purport to be collections of documents—let’s call them “assemblage novels”—are hard to pull off. The Scottish writer Graeme Macrae Burnet succeeded in 2015—and ended up on the Booker Prize shortlist—with His Bloody Project, a novel that was supposedly a collection of documents relating to a 19th-century murder. Max Brooks’s Zombie Survival Guide, a clever fake manual for enduring the zombie apocalypse, is another recent entry in the genre. Now comes Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a prolific tweeter (he’s @armscontrolwonk), and his 2020 Commission Report on the...
  • Iran is complying with nuclear deal restrictions: IAEA report

    08/30/2018 11:59:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2018 | by Francois Murphy, Robin Emmott
    VIENNA - Iran has remained within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential report by the U.N. atomic watchdog indicated on Thursday. In its last report in May, the IAEA had said Iran could do more to cooperate with inspectors and thereby “enhance confidence”, but stopped short of saying the Islamic Republic had given it cause for concern. Thursday’s report to member states seen by Reuters contained similar language. It said the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog was able to carry out all so-called complementary access inspections needed to verify Iran’s...
  • Vladimir Putin makes fresh start in South Africa

    08/26/2018 2:39:27 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 63 replies
    John Helmer in Moscow ^ | August 26, 2018 | John Helmer
    When it comes to support for President Vladimir Putin’s international positions, the South African (SA) Government has been among the most consistent and enthusiastic of any in the world. However, Russian policy in South Africa has been damaged by the behaviour of Russian oligarchs and state businesses implicated in the corrupt schemes of former SA president Jacob Zuma; he is now facing multiple indictments for seeking and taking bribes for himself and his family. Putin’s landing in Johannesburg on Thursday ought to have been the signal for a fresh start. Ahead of his departure from Moscow, Putin’s advisor on foreign...
  • The US Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans (Truncated) FEMA update

    08/24/2018 2:52:09 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 20 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 8/24/2018 | Dan Vergano
    SCIENCE The US Government Is Updating Its Nuclear Disaster Plans And They Are Truly Terrifying “We are looking at 100 kiloton to 1,000 kiloton detonations,” a FEMA official said. By Dan Vergano Map of Washington, DC Reporting From Washington, DC Posted on August 24, 2018
  • Russian Nuclear-Powered, Invincible Missile, Lost Somewhere At Sea

    08/22/2018 4:48:36 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 41 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/22/18 | L Todd Wood
    Russia’s vaunted, invincible nuclear-powered missile has been lost as sea, creating a possible environmental incident due to inherent radiation leaks. A nuclear-powered Russian missile remains lost at sea after a failed test late last year, and Moscow is preparing to try to recover it, according to people with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. Crews will attempt to recover a missile that was test launched in November and landed in the Barents Sea, which is located north of Norway and Russia. The operation will include three vessels, one of which is equipped to handle radioactive material from the weapon’s...
  • Russia’s Nuclear Tsunami Apocalypse Torpedo is Named 'Poseidon'

    07/25/2018 7:27:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 24, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    Russia’s dreaded nuclear torpedo, designed to nuke entire coastal cities into oblivion and trigger tsunamis, has been sighted in tests at sea. Once thought a hoax, internet researchers have tracked development of the system all the way back to 2008. The weapon was recently named “Poseidon” after the Russian military polled the public for a new name. The weapon, formerly known as “Status-6” and KANYON, was recently renamed Poseidon. Poseidon beat out two other names, Aurora and Skif, in a naming contest held by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Unfortunately The Worst Weapon Ever was not part of the contest,...
  • North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'

    07/24/2018 10:57:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/24/2018 | By Linda Mottram
    The think tank 38 North has obtained satellite images that they say show North Korea has begun dismantling key facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which is used to develop engines for ballistic missiles. 38 North report key facts: Commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station indicates dismantling of key facilities has startedThe rail-mounted processing/transfer structure has been moved and partly dismantledMost of the vertical engine stand has been removed It is good news, nuclear expert and MIT Associate Professor Vipin Narang has told PM, "but there are a couple of caveats."It has taken five weeks for...
  • Russia tests new nuclear weapons that can strike ANYWHERE on the planet [tr]

    07/24/2018 9:02:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2018 | Tim Collins
    Nuclear super weapons that Vladimir Putin claims can strike anywhere on the planet are being tested by Russia, military footage has revealed. Daunting images purport to show the latest round of tests for the missiles, which the military says are capable of wiping out an area ‘the size of Texas or France’. The RS-28 Sarmat missiles are capable of striking targets via both the North and South poles and can carry more nuclear warheads than any other missile on the planet, Russia claims. What's more, the RS-28 Sarmat missiles are able to deliver up to 24 of Russia's new Avangard...
  • What Would Happen If We Nuked the Bottom of the Ocean?

    07/24/2018 8:02:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 23, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    What would happen if you detonated the most powerful nuclear weapon ever used at the deepest point on Earth? Would an enormous fireball consume the trench? Would the world crack open and would earthquakes and volcanoes tear the entire region apart? Would anyone even notice? The YouTube channel Kurzgesagt decided to find out:
  • How Israel, in Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets

    07/17/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 15, 2018 | David E. Sanger and Ronen Bergman
    TEL AVIV — The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes... The agents arrived that night, Jan. 31, with torches that burned at least 3,600 degrees, hot enough, as they knew from intelligence collected during the planning of the operation, to cut through the 32 Iranian-made safes... In late April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced...
  • Bolton says there's a one-year plan for North Korea to denuclearize, stays mum on WaPo report

    07/01/2018 11:41:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/01/2018 | By Maegan Vazquez
    White House national security adviser John Bolton offered up new details on Sunday about the path toward the nuclear disarmament of North Korea and addressed a recent Washington Post report suggesting that the country plans to deceive the United States about its nuclear stockpile. On CBS's "Face the Nation," Bolton said North Korea's nuclear arsenal could be dismantled in a year if Pyongyang cooperates, adding that the program would require "full disclosure of all [of North Korea's] chemical and biological, nuclear programs, ballistic missile sites." "We have developed a program. I am sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will...
  • Our Reaction to the North Korea Summit Depends on Our Predisposition About Trump

    06/15/2018 9:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/15/2018 | David Limbaugh
    It goes without saying that Democrats would view President Trump's North Korean negotiations quite differently than Republicans, but I was honestly surprised by the strong negative reaction of Trump critics on the right.    Don't get me wrong, some Trump critics on the right reflexively oppose everything he does or says, but my gut reaction when first learning of the summit was that even they would grudgingly acknowledge this as a positive development. But their reaction was viscerally negative, harsh, cynical, pessimistic and absolute. Either I overestimated their capacity for some fairness concerning Trump or I am radically wrong in how...
  • Doomsday warning It would only take 100 nuclear weapons to wreak global devastation

    06/14/2018 12:16:01 PM PDT · by wmileo · 53 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | June 14, 2018 | James Rogers
    New research argues that 100 nuclear weapons is the “pragmatic limit” for any country to have in its arsenal. Any aggressor nation unleashing more than 100 nuclear weapons could ultimately devastate its own society, scientists warn. The study was published in the journal Safety on Thursday; it was co-authored by Michigan Technological University professor Joshua Pearce and David Denkenberger, assistant professor at Tennessee State University and director of Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED). “The results found that 100 nuclear warheads is adequate for nuclear deterrence in the worst case scenario, while using more than 100 nuclear weapons...
  • Pompeo insists North Korea agreement 'encompasses' verifiable, irreversible denuclearization

    06/13/2018 11:05:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 13, 2018 | Sarah Kolinovsky
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending the agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit, insisting it “encompasses” ‘verifiable’ and ‘irreversible’ denuclearization, even though the document does not explicitly use those terms. The document calls only for “complete denuclearization,” sparking criticism the agreement was not specific enough to allow oversight of the denuclearization process. “Let me assure you that ‘complete’ encompasses ‘verifiable’ in the minds of everyone concerned,” Pompeo told reporters in Seoul Wednesday. “One can’t completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating – you pick the word. The President is committed to that.” When a...
  • The Doomsday Clock: Change It Back

    06/13/2018 5:41:02 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 18 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-13-18 | MOTUS
    “In 2017, the clock moved from three minutes to midnight to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. The Bulletin cites the rise of nationalism, Donald Trump's comments over nuclear weapons and the threat of an arms race between the US and Russia. The year was also the first time a fraction was used in the time.” – Wired  By the same time in 2018, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists saw fit to nudge the clock even closer to the hour of the apocalypse: In moving the clock 30 seconds closer to the hour of the apocalypse, the Bulletin of the...
  • President Trump to visit Hawaii after historic summit with NKorea

    06/12/2018 12:32:16 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 44 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | HNN Staff
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, right, wears a lei as they greets guests at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (Image: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Donald Trump will stop in Hawaii after returning from his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House announced Monday. Trump is scheduled to depart from Singapore on Tuesday night, and will visit a military base on Guam before arriving on Oahu. The president is expected to arrive in the islands on Tuesday afternoon and is not expected to leave Joint Base...