Category Archives: Nuclear

U.S. Military Considers New Super-Weapon to Counter Russia’s Nuclear Warheads

The U.S. has begun considering adding a new kinetic energy weapon to its arsenal in hopes of countering advances in Russian nuclear technology that could potentially threaten U.S. tactical military dominance.

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Called the Kinetic Energy Projectile, the weapon is a tungsten-based warhead launched at more than three times the speed of sound that bursts into numerous flaming, metal fragments easily capable of piercing most conventional types of armor, according to Aviation Week. The Army is looking into fitting the new super-weapon onto existing launch platforms that are capable of supplying sufficient charge to shoot the projectile at such speeds. One reason for the weapon would be to respond to Russia’s pursuit of miniaturized nuclear warheads fired by tanks.

U.S. Military Considers New Super-Weapon to Counter Russia’s Nuclear Warheads

The North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Getting Worse By the Day | Foreign Policy

The threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program is getting worse — much worse. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting Thursday and Friday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, face an urgent and growing problem that is more severe today than ever before.

Through 2015, Pyongyang likely had enough fissile material for only a small number of weapons, probably fewer than 20, which constrained North Korea’s nuclear options. North Korea, however, is busy increasing both its stocks of weapons-grade material and its capacity to make more.

The North Korean Nuclear Threat Is Getting Worse By the Day | Foreign Policy

Report: Saudi Arabia Still Seeking Nuclear Weapons Capability

Saudi Arabia is still believed to be seeking nuclear weapons technology in a bid to counter the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, which continues to operate in an advanced manner despite the landmark nuclear agreement, according to a new report by a proliferation monitoring organization that labeled the Kingdom a nuclear “newcomer.”

“Saudi Arabia is in the early stages of nuclear development” and is expected to “more actively seek nuclear weapons capabilities” in order to counter the ongoing threat posed by Iran, according to the report.

Report: Saudi Arabia Still Seeking Nuclear Weapons Capability

U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

North Korea is believed to have built and is operating a plant to produce lithium 6, a key ingredient for hydrogen bombs that are much more powerful than conventional nuclear weapons, a U.S. think tank claimed Friday.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said the plant appears be located at the Hungnam Chemical Complex near Hamhung on the North’s east coast. It cited a 2012 order the North placed in China to purchase large quantities of mercury and lithium hydroxide, key materials to produce lithium 6.

“Lithium 6 is a critical raw material needed for the production of single-stage thermonuclear and boosted fission weapons. These findings add credibility to North Korea’s claims that it has been developing thermonuclear or boosted fission weapons, regardless of the actual status of those efforts,” ISIS said in a report.

U.S. think tank: N. Korea operating lithium-6 plant for hydrogen bombs

What nuclear war would look like, according to an expert – VICE News

As Secretary of Defense under President Clinton, Bill Perry has spent most of his life watching the world prepare for nuclear war. And given the current political climate, he thinks the world isn’t nearly as scared as it should be.

All of this has experts, including Perry, worried about an era of renewed nuclear threat from jittery states and rogue actors. Perry often talks about his nightmare scenario: a small amount of enriched uranium falling into the hands of a terrorist group.

“I think of all of the nuclear catastrophes that could happen, this is the most probable,” the 89-year-old said. “I think, I would say, there’s probably an even chance, this would happen sometime in the next 10 years.”

What nuclear war would look like, according to an expert – VICE News

Trump May Not Be Able To Stop N. Korea From Getting ICBMs | The Daily Caller

“It is difficult to calculate or predict when North Korea might achieve that capability, a reliable nuclear-armed ICBM, but certainly with the pace of testing they’ve been carrying out something in the next five to 10 years seems like a reasonable guess,” Gary Samore, the former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, told the Senate Committee on Arms Services Wednesday.

Trump May Not Be Able To Stop N. Korea From Getting ICBMs | The Daily Caller

North Korea Is Practicing for Nuclear War | Foreign Policy

While none of the launches were the long-awaited test of an intercontinental-range ballistic missile — the sort of weapon that could reach the United States — the salvo was a big deal in its own way. Pyongyang very vividly demonstrated the warnings from Thae Yong-ho, a high-ranking North Korean diplomat who defected last year and described how the country was taking the final steps to arm its missile units with nuclear weapons. North Korea is developing an offensive doctrine for the large-scale use of nuclear weapons in the early stages of a conflict. When combined with what we know about U.S. and South Korean war plans, this fact raises troubling questions about whether a crisis on the Korean peninsula might erupt into nuclear war before President Donald Trump has time to tweet about it.

In recent years, however, North Korea has started launching Scuds and No-dongs from different locations all over the damn country. These aren’t missile tests, they are military exercises. North Korea knows the missiles work. What the military units are doing now is practicing — practicing for a nuclear war.

North Korea Is Practicing for Nuclear War | Foreign Policy

Los Alamos Expert: U.S. Unable to Conduct Nuclear Tests

The United States is losing the capability to conduct underground nuclear tests that could be needed in the future to gauge the reliability of the nuclear arsenal.

According to John C. Hopkins, former head of nuclear testing at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Energy Department needs to bolster testing capabilities that could be needed in a future national emergency.

“With every day that passes, the United States grows more out of practice and out of resources—including the most important resource: people with experience—that are critical to nuclear testing,” Hopkins stated in an article published Wednesday in the Los Alamos newsletter.

Los Alamos Expert: U.S. Unable to Conduct Nuclear Tests

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan | The Times of Israel

Iran’s nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had requested to buy 950 tons of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor program.

“650 tons will enter the country in two consignments and 300 tons will enter Iran in the third year,” he said.

Under the nuclear deal, many of Iran’s centrifuges were mothballed but it has the right to enrich uranium to a level of 3.5 percent and sell it abroad.

Iran requests 950 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan | The Times of Israel

The Real Nuclear News | RealClearDefense

If American deterrent policy just changes, the nuclear dangers will recede.

Is this true?

No, it is not. While there are indeed many nuclear dangers we should worry about, their origin does not lie with the United States, although it is perfectly reasonable to criticize past American policy as inadequate to meet these challenges.

However, whether we are concerned with the Russians moving nuclear capable Iskandar missiles to Kaliningrad or the Chinese threatening war if challenged over artificial islands in the South China Sea, these actions are part of a strategy to establish a tyrannical new world order.

George Washington said if you want to establish peace, prepare for war. Ronald Reagan called such a strategy “peace through strength.” That combination of military capability and diplomatic smarts won the Cold War. It can win the peace again.

The Russian, Chinese and North Korean threats are real indeed and need to be taken seriously. We cannot just stand still or go backward. As the new administration says, it is about making America great again. A strong military—both conventional and nuclear– is part of that effort.

The Real Nuclear News | RealClearDefense