Seventy-five years ago on Thursday, the U.S. became the first—and to this day the only—nation in the world to use a nuclear weapon against a foreign adversary when it dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Decades later, analysts warn that the world must do more to ensure that a nuclear weapon is never used […]
Then just last month, the US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center posted a request for information for contractors with ideas about hypersonic upgrades to intercontinental ballistic missiles, which the US uses to deliver nuclear strikes. When asked about it, the Air Force quickly took down the notice and assiduously denied pursuing a hypersonic nuclear weapon, […]
But the 54-word audio interview clip from December 5, 2019 that Mr. Woodward released with the book obfuscates as much as it exposes, mainly because when saying “nuclear” Mr. Trump breaks off mid-word, as if he is correcting himself, and then changes to “a weapons system.”
“I have built a nuclear—a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before. We have stuff that you haven’t even seen or heard about. We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before. There’s nobody—what we have is incredible”, the president is quoted as saying in the book. According to […]
The Trump administration has tried to rally its allies against Iran but has failed. The other signatories to the JCPOA—Russia, China, the U.K., Germany and France—remain committed, and the United Nations Security Council has rejected U.S. efforts to extend an arms embargo on Iran or re-apply the sanctions lifted by the JCPOA.
Following a meeting in Pyongyang between Kim and senior South Korean officials, South Korea said in a statement that “the North expressed its willingness to hold a heartfelt dialogue with the United States on the issues of denuclearization and normalizing relations.” The statement also said the North would halt its nuclear program while negotiations were […]
Billingslea linked, in principle, the adoption of a more hardline strategy with the White House’s recent decision to exit the Open Skies Treaty that allows for the mutual passage of spy planes over U.S. and Russian territory. Trump in August also exited the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty banning land-launched missiles between 310 and […]
The Pentagon’s latest annual report on Chinese military power serves a reminder that the world has embarked on a second nuclear age, following the first one that began at Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago. The good news is that arms-control accords slashed the number of weapons built for the Cold War. The bad news […]
Weapons experts are puzzling over Trump’s words. Some think he may have been talking about a nuclear warhead that was modified to reduce its explosive power. Known as the W76-2, this weapon certainly is unknown to the general public — not because of secrecy or mystery but because of its obscurity.
Trump discussed the weapons system while reflecting on how close the United States and North Korea came to nuclear war in 2017, according to excerpts from “Rage” published Wednesday by The Washington Post, where Woodward is an associate editor.