August 29, 2003

North Korea talks end, threat of a nuclear test looms

North Korea nuclear crisis talks closed on Friday with what the six nations involved had predicted the best possible outcome -- agreement to meet again.

North Korea has threatened to formally declare its nuclear weapons and conduct a nuclear test, but stopped short of actually taking these actions, and short of demonstrating its capabilities.

North Korea also refered that they have the means to deliver nuclear weapons, an apparent reference to its highly developed missile program. No timetable on when a nuclear test might occur.
August 26, 2003

North Korea Nuclear Talks underway

Six-party talks aimed at ending the standoff over North Korea's suspected nuclear weapons program have begun in China. For more information, you can visit CNN's Special Report or the BBC.

Iranian HEU?

U.N. inspectors have found traces of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium at an Iranian nuclear facility, a senior diplomat said Tuesday, citing a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran has denied the allegations, insisting its programs are devoted only to generating electricity.

Iranian officials did not contest the finding by the IAEA inspectors but said the equipment was already contaminated by traces of enriched uranium when purchased by Tehran. The full Associated Press report.
August 19, 2003

Restored Enola Gay unveiled

Enola GayThe Smithsonian Institution yesterday unveiled the storied World War II bomber Enola Gay -- in one piece for the first time since 1960. The Boeing B-29 Superfortress dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 Japanese. I visited the earlier exhibit in 1995, you can view my photos here.
August 09, 2003

Nagasaki: The forgotten city

11:02 am, Nagasaki, Japan, 1945

At that moment, the U.S. B-29 bomber Bock's Car released its payload -- an atomic bomb named "Fat Man". The primary target was the Kokura Arsenal, but upon reaching the target, they found that it was covered by a heavy ground haze and smoke, they then turned to the secondary target of the Mitsubishi Torpedo Plant at Nagasaki.

Of the 286,00 people living in Nagasaki at the time of the blast, 74,000 were killed and another 75,000 sustained severe injuries.

On this 58th anniversary of this event, we should all take a moment and reflect. To learn more about the bomb, visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
August 07, 2003

N. Korea-Iran missile deal

CNN reports that North Korea is in talks to export its Taepodong 2 long-range ballistic missile to Iran and to jointly develop nuclear warheads with Tehran.

Russia plans 3 New Ballistic Missile Submarines by 2010

From Nuclear Threat Initiative, Russia plans to construct three new Borey-class submarines armed with Bulava sea-launched ballistic missiles (the Bulava is the naval version of the Topol-M ICBM). The Russian newspaper Pravda reported in May that the Borey-class submarine can launch missiles from a submerged depth of 55 meters while the submarine is moving at a speed of up to 6 knots. The submarine can also operate for 100 days without docking, Pravda reported.
August 06, 2003

8:15 am, Hiroshima, Japan, 1945

At that moment, the U.S. B-29 bomber Enola Gay released its payload -- an atomic bomb named "Little Boy" -- over the city of 350,000 people situated 426 miles (686 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo. Hiroshima was charred and leveled beyond recognition. Some 140,000 people died in the attack.

On this 58th anniversary of this event, we should all take a moment and reflect. To learn more about the bomb, visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
August 05, 2003

NPT additional protocols talks begin between the IAEA & Iran

Talks began on Monday between the IAEA and Tehran to permit unrestricted inspections of its nuclear facilities.

The Los Angeles Times said Iran "appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb." (This article will require registration and is only good for seven days). A good summary of the article can be found here.

Future Nuclear Weapons?

From a report from the BBC, a secret conference being held this week at StratCom, the headquarters of US Strategic Command in Nebraska, will examine "requirements for low-yield weapons (small build < 1kt), EPW's, enhanced radiation weapons, [and] agent defeat weapons."

Decoded, this means nuclear devices with that produce small amounts of radiation, earth-penetrating weapons to attack underground bunkers, larger devices with greater radiation effects and weapons to destroy chemical and biological agent.
August 01, 2003

North Korea Crisis Talks

In a possible breakthrough on the Korean peninsula, Seoul says Pyongyang has agreed to take part in six-nation talks on the nuclear standoff. Talks would involve: North Korea, United States, China, South Korea, Russia, Japan. No date has been set.

To learn more about this crisis, visit our special report.

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