The Trump administration wants North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons. And it has threatened a military response if North Korea launches missiles toward Guam. But what can the US and its allies really do? Col. Sam Gardiner has a bleak outlook.
Whoever wins the US presidency on Nov. 8 will be tasked with managing America's increasingly tense relationship with Russia. And that means managing the future of a decades-long and complicated nuclear relationship with Russia — and with the world.
Many US nuclear systems are aging, and the US military is moving to upgrade and replace them. So how does that square with President Barack Obama, who won a 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts toward denuclearization.
The news over the weekend was of an agreement between leaders of six world powers and Iran over that country's nuclear program — but what the agreement really says isn't really, well, agreed. Still, there was no shortage of strong feelings about the deal. Plus, a Canadian town has developed a system for dealing with polar bear visits to town. That and more, in today's Global Scan.
Iranians were celebrating Monday after their leaders reached a deal to temporarily relax some of the crippling sanctions facing the country in exchange for restrictions on their nuclear program. It's a temporary deal that expires in six months if there's no further progress.
Iran and the US are both crowing about the agreement the two sides reached over the weekend. But major US allies are unsure of what to make of it and fear the US approach to the Middle East is changing dramatically, perhaps for the worse.
Just under a year ago US and Russian signed an accord that would facilitate continued collaboration of US and Russian scientists on nuclear energy and safety. That accord has been put on ice in light of recent events in the Ukraine.
Iran and the US have one week to come up with a deal to control Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for relaxed sanctions. Those restrictions have taken a major toll on Iran, and citizens of the country are primed for an agreement.
Iran and the West couldn't reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program, but they did agree to continue talks on a nuclear deal for seven more months. While it's not what policymakers hoped for, John Kerry and other leaders still seemed positive that a deal is in the making.
The Iran nuclear deal covers thousands of centrifuges and hundreds of kilograms of uranium and many other numbers and portions of substances and technologies. Those numbers are far from random, too. The technical details of the framework agreement were based on complex models developed by the US Department of Energy.
This is what happens when you visit parts of the Pacific islands where the US conducted 67 nuclear tests from 1948 to 1958, exploding the equivalent of 1.6 Hiroshima bombs every day for more than a decade.
President Barack Obama has hailed the nuclear deal with Iran. He notes that it's not based on trust, but on verification. That's the old Reagan mantra "trust, but verify" turned in a new way. So just how good are these verification mechanisms?