North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast

The launch on Wednesday was the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months, and violated multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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North Korea Reports Test of New Cruise Missile as Arms Race Intensifies

The test was not a violation of U.N. sanctions but signaled the development of increasingly powerful weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

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Iran and I.A.E.A. Reach Last-Minute Deal on Nuclear Monitoring

The temporary agreement should keep Tehran from censure for noncompliance by the nuclear agency, a move that could have derailed already suspended nuclear talks.

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​North Korea Holds Scaled-Down Parade to Boost National Morale

The parade, which marked the government’s 73rd anniversary, was seen as a celebration of those who have borne the brunt of the regime’s effort to rebuild the economy amid sanctions and the pandemic.

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North Korea Restarted Plutonium-Producing Reactor, U.N. Agency Warns

​The activities at the sprawling nuclear complex in Yongbyon suggest that the country is once again ramping up its nuclear weapons program.

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America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel’s Nukes

This charade doesn’t leave anyone safer. It’s gone on long enough. 

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Iran Atomic Agency Says It Thwarted Attack on a Facility

The attack was said to have been carried out by a small drone against a manufacturing center used in the production of centrifuges.

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After Putin Meeting, a Biden Trait Shows Itself Again: Stubborn Optimism

The president’s insistence on an “optimistic face” could open him up to criticism. But his allies insist it’s an essential ingredient to making progress.

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The Biden-Putin Meeting: ‘This Is Not About Trust’

Bret Stephens, Emma Ashford and Stephen Sestanovich discuss and debate the first meeting of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

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Biden and Putin Express Desire for Better Relations at Summit Shaped by Disputes

After their first summit meeting, the two leaders described each other with respect but resolved none of the disagreements that have sent U.S.-Russian ties to their lowest level since the Cold War.

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The Best Anyone Can Hope For With Iran Is Pretty Bad

Perfect isn’t on the menu, and Iran’s Islamic regime is not going to change.

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Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal With a Nuclear-Free Persian Gulf

Regional rivalries lie at the heart of opposition to the nuclear pact. Could a revived agreement chart a better path?

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U.S. Lifts Some Sanctions on Iranians Before Nuclear Talks

The move was unrelated to negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal, a State Department spokesman said. The United States also imposed new sanctions on other Iranians.

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North Korea Releases Its First Response to Moon-Biden Summit

In its first reaction to President Biden’s summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, North Korean state media warned of an arms race.

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U.S. Says It Will Not Rejoin Open Skies Treaty With Russia

The 30-year-old agreement was put in place to ensure that Russia and the United States could monitor each other’s military movements.

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Biden and Moon Jae-in Get the North Korea Nuclear Crisis Wrong

The U.S. and the South Korean presidents’ approach to solving the North Korean nuclear crisis is doomed to failure.

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Iran Talks Loom as a New Test of Biden’s Israel Ties

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken visited Israel to talk about Gaza and the Palestinians, but heard a stern message about nuclear talks with Tehran.

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Iran Extends Nuclear Program Inspections Agreement

Tehran agreed to give the International Atomic Energy Agency continued access to cameras at its nuclear sites while it negotiates with the United States over the ruptured 2015 deal.

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North Korean Weapons Are Likely Here to Stay, Even if Biden Won’t Say It

Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal highlights an uncomfortable truth for Mr. Biden as he prepares to meet South Korea’s president at the White House.

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U.S. and Iran Want to Restore the Nuclear Deal. They Disagree Deeply on What That Means.

After five weeks of diplomatic shadow boxing, it is clear that the old agreement no longer works for Tehran or Washington, except as a steppingstone.

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U.S. Could Return to Iran Nuclear Deal in Weeks, Official Says

It was the most optimistic signal by the Biden administration that an American return to the accord between Iran and world powers was within reach.

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Why the Past Haunts Talks With Iran

For nuclear talks in Vienna to succeed, Iranians and Americans need to be more honest about their past actions.

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South Korean Leader Urges Biden to Negotiate With North Korea

In an interview with The New York Times, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to sit down with North Korea.

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A Quiet Arms Race Is Rapidly Heating Up Between the Two Koreas

The buildup over the last few years has threatened the delicate balance of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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Iran’s Push to Enrich Uranium Amid Nuclear Talks: What to Know

A highly purified form of uranium is needed to make an atomic bomb, but the main point of Tehran’s action may be to give it leverage in nuclear talks.

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The Clock Is Ticking for Biden on Iran

The United States must quickly decide on lifting sanctions and come up with a credible road map for reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

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Iran Talks Resume, Gingerly, After Attack on Nuclear Site

Another round of Vienna talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear accord is considered to be positive despite an apparent Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

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Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

The declaration by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to put to rest any speculation that Iran would boycott or quit the Vienna talks aimed at saving the nuclear deal.

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North Korean Threat Forces Biden Into Balancing Act With China

Washington’s recent attempts to communicate with Pyongyang were rebuffed, leaving American officials to appeal to countries in the region to help pressure North Korea.

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South Korea Will Pay More for U.S. Troop Presence

South Korea has agreed to increase its payment for the upkeep of American troops by 13.9 percent this year. The deal removes a major thorn in the alliance.

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

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Kremlin Welcomes Biden’s Offer to Extend Nuclear Treaty

The response from Moscow suggests that Russia will engage in talks to continue a disarmament pact, despite the new U.S. administration’s pledge to take a harder line on other issues.

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Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty

There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.

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North Korea Unveils New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

Days before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, the North made its latest demonstration of its nuclear might at a Pyongyang military parade.

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Russia to Exit Open Skies Treaty, Escalating Rivalry With U.S.

Washington withdrew from the treaty, which lets countries make reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory, last year. Moscow’s move could signal difficulties for the Biden administration.

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​Kim Jong-un Uses Party ​Congress to Double Down on Nuclear Program

The North Korean leader said his economic policies had failed, but he called his nuclear arms buildup one of the great feats “in the history of the Korean nation​.”

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Biden Plans Renewed Nuclear Talks With Russia While Punishing Kremlin, Adviser Says

The president-elect also plans to pursue a “follow-on negotiation” with Iran over its missile capabilities if Tehran re-enters compliance with the nuclear deal.

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G20 Summit Closes With Little Progress and Big Gaps Between Trump and Allies

World leaders committed to some efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but the meeting illustrated the difficulty of carrying out an agenda when the United States is indifferent or hostile to many goals.

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The New World Order That President Biden Will Inherit

The importance of vision, expertise, honesty and simple decency in the management of world affairs cannot be overstated.

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The End of ‘America First’: How Biden Says He Will Re-engage With the World

Those who have known President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for decades say they expect him to move carefully, providing reassurance with a few big symbolic acts.

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Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

President Trump will be handing Joseph R. Biden Jr. a difficult cleanup act in America’s relations with many countries. But it may not take much for Mr. Biden to improve the mood.

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George Shultz Speaks Out for Renewing U.S. Leadership Overseas

At a moment when the United States has pulled back from its allies, the former secretary of state lamented the Trump administration’s allergy to international accords.

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Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons Passes Important Threshold

Fifty countries have now ratified the treaty, so it will become international law. The United States and the eight other nuclear-armed powers reject it but have failed to stop its advance.

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U.S. and Russia Appear to Edge Toward Extension of Nuclear Treaty

Russia proposed that the two countries make a “political obligation” to freeze their existing arsenals of warheads for one year.

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Trump Thought He Had a Nuclear Deal With Putin. Not So Fast, Russia Said.

Trump administration officials want to broaden the New START accord and warn that the price of a new deal will rise after the election. Joe Biden supports a straight five-year extension of the deal.

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North Korea Unveils New ICBM During Military Parade

The weapon appeared to be bigger than the North’s previous long-range missile, indicating that it might be able to fly farther with a more powerful nuclear warhead.

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U.N. General Assembly: Live Updates

As world leaders meet for the 75th United Nations General Assembly this week, the gatherings are virtual, but the challenges all too real.

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R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

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In a Nuclear Arms Race, the World Can Be Destroyed in a Flash

It seems that the United States is plunging into a new arms race without learning the lessons of the last.

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After Hiroshima’s Carnage, Setsuko Thurlow Devoted Her Life to Peace

Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima 75 years ago this month, has used the power of her personal story to try to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

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