Both countries, according to the document, consider space important for modern warfare and the use of weapons in space as a significant means of reducing the military effectiveness of the US and its allies in future wars.
The U.S. signed that treaty during the Obama administration, along with the European Union, the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia. Under the agreement, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. But President Donald Trump, who had long criticized the deal, withdrew the U.S. from the treaty in 2018, despite […]
In Hiroshima, on August 6, around 80,000 people were killed immediately when the bomb was dropped. In Nagasaki, on August 9, around 40,000 people were killed instantly. Tens of thousands of others died in the aftermath, of radiation poisoning and their injuries.
The raw numbers from the China report aren’t that worrisome in themselves. Even if the PLA does double the warhead count, it will still field only a fraction of what the U.S. and Russian inventories hold. The New START arms-control treaty limits Washington and Moscow to 1,550 deployed warheads apiece, carried aboard 700 deployed missiles […]
The remark caught the eyes of readers, who mulled over what Trump might be referring to – or, indeed, if his statements were accurate at all. Trump has been known to overstate or misstate facts about military technology, from the “super duper” hypersonic missile he claimed was 17 times faster than present weapons to his […]
“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 […]
Things aren’t much better in terms of the bombers’ arsenal, either, Kotz writes. “The only air-launched nuclear-armed cruise missile in the US arsenal is the AGM-86B, created in the 1980s, fitted with a 200 kiloton warhead and with a range of about 2,500 km.” This system, the journalist noted, is “utterly inferior to the most modern Russian munitions in this class – the Kh-102, […]
Echoing comments by Ben Wallace, the UK’s Defence Secretary, Lt Gen Hockenhull said Russia’s GRU intelligence branch was particularly active in trying to destabilise foreign states. It was responsible for launching cyber attacks against the World Anti Doping Agency and the US Democratic National Committee in 2016, he said, and for attacking Ukraine’s financial and […]
The U.S. and Iran reached a nuclear deal alongside major world powers in 2015 but President Donald Trump’s administration withdrew in 2018 and imposed unilateral sanctions that have made it difficult for the international community to normalize trade ties with Tehran as promised by the agreement. Washington has since pushed for European powers, China and […]
A quickly-deleted document shared last year by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, however, indicated a potentially broader application for such weapons of mass destruction. “Using nuclear weapons could create conditions for decisive results and the restoration of strategic stability,” one passage said. “Specifically, the use of a nuclear weapon will fundamentally change the scope of […]