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# Nuclear Weapons

March 2023
North Korea's Kim Jong Un calls for ramping up production of 'weapon-grade nuclear material'
Kim Jong Un’s latest threat came as a US Navy carrier strike group arrived in South Korea.
Russian missiles pound city of Sloviansk as British tanks arrive in Ukraine
The tanks are expected to be involved in any spring counter-offensive launched by Ukraine.
NATO says Russia plans for tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus is ‘dangerous and irresponsible’
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday announced the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons to ally Belarus.
Putin says Russia will station tactical nuclear weapons in neighbouring Belarus
Putin said the move is not ‘unusual’ and that ‘the United States has been doing this for decades’.
US team meets Irish diplomats as part of bid to restart engagement with Russia on nuclear deal
The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the meeting took place on Tuesday in Dublin.
This year
US says Russia is not complying with last remaining nuclear treaty
Moscow announced in early August that it was suspending US inspections of its military sites, which were part of the New START treaty.
Kim Jong Un calls for 'exponential increase' of North Korea's nuclear arsenal
Kim Jong Un is reported to have said the country must ‘overwhelmingly beef up the military muscle’ in 2023.
Last year
Putin refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons
The Russian president said Moscow would not be able to use nuclear weapons at all if it agreed not to use them first and then came under a nuclear strike.
North Korean nuclear test would meet 'unprecedented' response: US, Japan, South Korea
Seoul and Washington have repeatedly warned that Pyongyang could be close to testing an atomic bomb for the first time since 2017.
North Korea law allows for nuclear first strike, makes ownership of missiles 'irreversible'
‘The status of our country as a nuclear weapons state has become irreversible’, leader Kim Jong Un said.
Irish diplomats work to broker nuclear weapons deal in high-level New York talks
Irish diplomats are involved in the month-long talks on the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
World is ‘one misunderstanding away from nuclear annihilation’, UN chief warns
Antonio Guterres gave the warning at the opening of a meeting to review a 50-year-old treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
Taoiseach meets Prime Minister of Japan to discuss trade, Ukraine and nuclear disarmament
The Taoiseach also expressed his sincere condolences on the killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
South Korea's military says North Korea fired ballistic missile
Despite biting sanctions, North Korea has doubled down on its military modernisation drive.
All time
President of Belarus offers to host Russian nuclear weapons
Alexander Lukashenko has also said for the first time that he recognises the contested Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia.
Controversial 'father' of Pakistan nuclear bomb dies aged 85
Abdul Qadeer Khan launched Pakistan on the path to becoming a nuclear weapons power in the early 1970s.
Iran claims Israel used 'electronic device' to remotely kill military nuclear scientist
The comments came at the funeral for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into effect
Honduras just ratified the Treaty as the 50th state.
Pope Francis condemns nuclear weapons while visiting Nagasaki
Thousands of Japanese people came out in heavy rain to hear the pope speak.
North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of nuclear talks with US
Washington and Pyongyang are set to resume long-stalled talks in the coming days.
Trump denies wanting to drop nuclear bombs on hurricanes to stop them
Trump said the story was “fake news”.
US lawmakers probing whether Trump is selling sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia
The alleged move is apparently to please corporate supporters who stand to profit handsomely.
'The future of humanity hangs in the balance': Why the world could not handle a nuclear attack
An expert explains how we could be “headed for a nuclear arms race”.
North Korea warns US it may 'seriously' consider return of nuclear policy
It said the policy could return if the US doesn’t end tough economic sanctions against the impoverished regime.
US security advisor in Moscow for nuclear treaty talks amid rising tension
Over the weekend, Trump announced a withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty.
Trump to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iran
Washington has sought to build up international pressure on Iran after reimposing tough sanctions in August.
Japan says North Korea remains a 'serious and imminent threat'
The country also takes aim at China’s rise as a military power.
North Korea criticises US for acting with 'alarming' impatience on denuclearisation issue
A UN report has said that North Korea has resorted to a “massive increase” of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products at sea to evade sanctions.
Satellite imagery has shown North Korea dismantling a key nuclear site
Analysts have said that it is an “important first step” towards fulfilling commitments made to US President Donald Trump.
Why having over 100 nuclear weapons could do more harm than good to a country
Experts have looked into the impact using such weapons would have on a nation’s population and resources.
Trump says meeting with North Korea is back on after Kim's 'very nice' letter
The announcement came after unprecedented Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang.
US and South Korea to 'work closely' after North Korea threatens to pull out of summit
North Korea’s sudden shift in attitude followed a weeks-long charm offensive.
North Korea promises to shut nuclear test site next month
Kim Jong Un said he “would soon invite experts of South Korea and the US as well as journalists”.
North Korean nuclear test site has 'partially collapsed' after massive bomb blast last year
Researchers have said the site is now unusable.
Donald Trump tweets that his meeting with Kim Jong Un will be 'good for the world'
The White House has swatted away criticisms of the meeting.
Iran rejects Trump's demand to change nuclear deal
The US President has vowed to pull out of the accord if European allies don’t fix its “terrible flaws”.
South Korea offers high-level talks with North in demilitarised zone
The offer comes after Kim Jong-Un said he has a nuclear button on his desk and his country might attend the Winter Olympics in the South.
Kim Jong-Un warns that the 'nuclear button' is always on his desk
The North Korean leader vowed the country would mass-produce nuclear warheads and missiles in a defiant New Year message.
'The world wants peace, not death!' - Trump welcomes new sanctions on North Korea
The sanctions will restrict oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programmes.
Rex Tillerson says US ready to talk to North Korea 'without preconditions'
Tillerson, however, remains determined to force it to abandon its nuclear arsenal.