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Why Russia calls a limited nuclear strike “de-escalation”

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(Why Russia calls a limited nuclear strike “de-escalation” – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – Nikolai N. Sokov – March 13, 2014) The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists features analysis of reported Russian policies envisioning “limited nuclear strikes” to deter or counteract conventional superiority by the West: In 1999 … Moscow watched with great concern as NATO waged a high-precision military campaign in Yugoslavia. The

North Korea Threatens ‘Pre-Emptive Nuclear Attack’

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(VOA News – Steve Herman – March 07, 2013) SEOUL — For the first time, North Korea is threatening to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike.  This is the latest in an increasing series of bellicose rhetoric from Pyongyang in recent days. The threat, attributed to a spokesman from North Korea’s foreign ministry, was carried by the country’s central news agency and also broadcast Thursday. The

Japan Preparing ‘Worst Case Scenario’ for North Korea Nuke Test

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(Steve Herman – VOA News – February 04, 2013) TOKYO — Japan’s government is indicating it is preparing for all contingencies that would result from North Korea conducting a third nuclear test. Japan’s top government spokesman has told VOA the international community is making full preparations for another threatened North Korean nuclear test. South Korea has warned the North it faces “grave consequences” if it

Iran Willing to Resume Nuclear Talks as Sanctions Bite Hard

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(VOA – Henry Rigewell – January 09, 2013) LONDON — Iran says it is prepared to return to talks, possibly later this month, with major world powers over its nuclear program.  As the country’s uranium enrichment program continues, Western countries have tightened economic sanctions against Tehran.U.S. President Barack Obama last week signed off on a new round of sanctions targeting Iran’s energy and shipping sectors. 

Treasury Department announces sanctions against persons and entities linked to Iranian WMD programs, as well as military support for Syria’s Assad

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The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Dec. 21, 2012, that it was “designating” four companies and one individual under Executive Order 13382 that targets weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators and their supporters. The action prohibits U.S. parties from doing business with the parties designated, freezes any U.S. assets of the parties and potentially cuts off access to the U.S. financial system for any foreign

New START Treaty Aggregate Numbers of Strategic Offensive Arms

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[from http://www.state.gov/t/avc/rls/198582.htm] Fact Sheet Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance October 3, 2012 (As of September 1, 2012, as drawn from the exchange of data by the Parties)[1] Category of Data United States of America Russian Federation Deployed ICBMs, Deployed SLBMs, and Deployed Heavy Bombers 806 491 Warheads on Deployed ICBMs, on Deployed SLBMs, and Nuclear Warheads Counted for Deployed Heavy Bombers 1722 1499