North Korea Dangles Hopes for Summit and End-of-War Declaration

Kim Jong-un’s sister responds to the South Korean leader’s last attempt to put the peace process back on track, but skepticism abounds.

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Rebuking Biden, Iran’s Chief Diplomat Demands More Sanctions Relief

The foreign minister for Iran’s new hard-line government said it would demand a higher price for limiting its nuclear program than it did in the 2015 deal.

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AUKUS Still Leaves Australia at Risk Against China

Australia has thrust itself into a central role in America’s rivalry with China.

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دانشمند وربات قاتل مجهز به هوش مصنوعی و کنترل از راه دور

سال‌ها بود که ماموران اسرائیلی می‌خواستند دانشمند هسته‌ای ایران را ترور کنند. عاقبت راهی پیدا کردند تا بدون حضور مأموران در صحنه این کار را انجام دهند.

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The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killer Robot

Israeli agents had wanted to kill Iran’s top nuclear scientist for years. Then they came up with a way to do it with no operatives present.

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Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

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Submarine Deal Shows Australia’s Big Bet on U.S.

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

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Iran Nears an Atomic Milestone

Edging close to a bomb’s worth of fuel is seen as a tactic to pressure the Biden administration into agreeing to a quick renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal.

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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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Did Nazis Produce These Uranium Cubes? Researchers Look for an Answer.

Determining whether the cubes were produced by Nazi Germany could lead to more questions, such as whether the Nazis could have had enough to create a critical reaction.

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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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #united-nations

Biden Vows ‘Unshakable Partnership’ With Israel in Meeting With Bennett

On Iran, a subject on which the two sharply disagree, President Biden said the United States was planning to put “diplomacy first” but “ready to turn to other options” if that fails.

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Israel’s Spy Agency Snubbed the U.S. Can Trust Be Restored?

Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, heads to Washington promising better relations and seeking support for covert attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

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Naftali Bennett Backs Hard Line on Iran, Softer Tone With U.S.

In an interview before meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he opposed U.S. efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-jerusalem, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-york-times, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

How a Laser Fusion Experiment Unleashed an Energetic Burst of Optimism

Even scientists who were skeptical of work at the National Ignition Facility called the results a success.

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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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Touring Trinity, the Birthplace of Nuclear Dread

A recent visit to the site of the first atomic bomb explosion offered desert vistas, (mildly) radioactive pebbles and troubling reflections.

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Biden Faces Intense Cross Currents in Iran Policy

The airstrikes the president ordered on Iranian-backed militias show how he has to navigate between using force and pursuing diplomacy to revive the nuclear deal.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #raisi-ebrahim, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Hard-Liners Won in Iran. That’s Not All Bad News.

A more monolithic Iranian system that seeks stability presents Washington with an opportunity.

#elections, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #middle-east, #nuclear-weapons, #raisi-ebrahim, #supreme-national-security-council-iran

North Korea to Washington: Timetable on Talks Is Up to Us, Not You

The country turned down an American offer to resume negotiations “without preconditions,” as President Biden’s envoy visited the region.

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Iran’s Incoming President Vows Tough Line on Missiles and Militias

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s ultraconservative president-elect, said he would not meet with President Biden and that Tehran’s position on its ballistic missile program was “nonnegotiable.”

#defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #raisi-ebrahim

Biden’s Bet: Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal

The next six weeks before a new government takes office in Tehran may be a unique window for clinching an agreement that Iran’s leadership has been delaying.

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Kim Jong-un Says He’s Ready for ‘Dialogue and Confrontation’ With Biden

During a Workers’ Party meeting, the North Korean leader reviewed the new U.S. policy on his country and ordered “counteraction,” state news media reported.

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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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

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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?

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #nuclear-weapons, #security-council-un, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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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Risk of Nuclear War Over Taiwan in 1958 Said to Be Greater Than Publicly Known

The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.

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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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Iran’s Oil Exports Rise as U.S. Looks to Rejoin Nuclear Accord

The effectiveness of U.S. sanctions is being called into question as Iran and its oil buyers test whether penalties are worth the risk amid diplomatic negotiations.

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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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Nuclear Talks With Iran Could Reach Agreement Within Weeks, U.S. Says

Significant hurdles remain. But it was an optimistic signal by the Biden administration that an American return to the accord between Iran and world powers could be within reach.

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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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department

North Korea Warns Biden Against ‘Hostile Policy’

An official said President Biden had made “a big blunder” by characterizing the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to the United States.

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The Daily: Biden’s First 100 Days

A collection of our reporting on the early days of Joe Biden’s administration.

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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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Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets

Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.

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A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea

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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #uranium

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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium