Trump Boasts of Nuclear Weapon ‘You Haven’t Even Seen or Heard About’ in Woodward Book

When the Joint Chiefs of Staff accidentally published a document called “Nuclear Weapons: Planning and Targeting” in June 2019, that fear became far more palpable. The document, which was quickly taken down but preserved by the Federation of American Scientists, describes how commanders could introduce nuclear weapons into a theater of operations if they “could […]

Did Trump disclose secret U.S. nuclear weapon in interview?

Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, says it could be a low-yield nuclear warhead, the W76-2, that was deployed for the first time on a nuclear submarine in January, a month after Mr. Trump mentioned it to Mr. Woodward.

Trump’s ‘Never Before Seen or Heard’ Nuclear Weapon Could be W76-2 Warhead, Report Claims

“The W76-2 was first mentioned by the Trump administration in February 2018, as a weapon to “help counter any mistaken perception of an exploitable ‘gap’ in US regional deterrence capabilities”, Popular Mechanics highlighted. Last week, commenting on the creation of a new nuclear warhead, the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, noted that the US […]

On the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima, Here’s Where the World Stands With Nuclear Weapons

Smith suggested that China’s logic makes sense, noting that if it were to eventually join, that would signal that the other nuclear-armed powers should join as well. “China’s nuclear stockpile remains a small fraction of either Russia’s or the USA’s and its bombs and warheads are not operationally deployed, unlike a large proportion of U.S. […]

Trump “optimistic” North Korea will give up nuclear weapons

“Me. No. Nobody got that. I think that they are sincere, but I think they are sincere also because the sanctions and what we’re doing with respect to North Korea, including the great help that we’ve been given from China,” Mr. Trump said. “The sanctions have been very, very strong and very biting.”

China’s worrisome edge toward a ‘launch-on-warning’ nuclear posture

That’s why the China report makes for troubling reading. The report’s authors forecast that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will at least double its stockpile of nuclear arms over the coming decade. That means China’s doomsday arsenal will expand from 200 warheads or thereabouts to 400 or more. The PLA is diversifying its inventory, for […]

Trump’s talk of secret new weapon fits a pattern of puzzles

A hypersonic weapon is one that flies at speeds in excess of Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound. Most American missiles, such as those launched from aircraft to hit other aircraft or ground targets, travel between Mach 1 and Mach 5, although the Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile, which has operated for […]

Elusive Nuclear Reactor Radiation Will Help to Ensure Nuclear Power Plant Safety

By improving the neutrino control method, scientists from NRNU MEPhI are working on a fundamentally new type of two-phase emission detectors based on the effect of coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS) on heavy atomic nuclei. Predicted by Soviet scientists more than 40 years ago, this phenomenon was discovered in an acceleration experiment only in 2017.

Why Former Israeli Intel Chief Calls on Trump Not to Quit Nuclear Deal with Iran

The former military intelligence chief explained that first the US “must get its allies lined up for new UN resolutions against Iranian ballistic missile testing,” the Jerusalem Post quotes him as saying. “However, as the expiration date on the deal’s restrictions get closer, these countries will naturally become more worried about Iran trying to break out with a nuclear weapon and will be […]

Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif Blasts US Approach to Nuclear Missiles as ‘Breathtaking Hypocrisy’

Another image was a screenshot of a CNN article that quoted an excerpt from the forthcoming book “Rage” by veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who argued that US President Donald Trump once boasted to him that he had “built a nuclear-weapons system that nobody’s ever had in the country before”. According to Woodward, this […]