Blinken: US prepared to make adjustments to military posture in response to North Korea

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Washington CNN — The Biden administration is “prepared to make both short and longer-term adjustments to our military posture” to respond to provocations from North Korea, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday. Blinken’s comments, made alongside his South Korean counterpart at a news conference at the State Department, come as North … Read more

World’s nuclear arsenals on the rise as concerns grow over China and North Korea

CNN — The world’s biggest powers might have once pledged to work toward a world without nuclear weapons, but global stockpiles are expected to rise over the coming decade, according to a new report. “There are clear indications that the reductions that have characterized global nuclear arsenals since the end of the cold war have … Read more

‘Worrying trend’: Post-Cold War drop in nukes could be over

A Swedish arms watchdog says the world’s stockpiles of nuclear weapons are expected to increase in coming years after declining since the end of the Cold War

Seoul to ‘dramatically’ boost defense amid fears over North Korea’s nuclear plans

CNN — South Korea will “dramatically” strengthen its defensive capabilities, its defense minister said Sunday amid international concern that Pyongyang is reviving its nuclear testing program. “Our government will strengthen capabilities to better implement the US extended deterrence and will dramatically enhance response capabilities of the Republic of Korea military to deter North Korea’s nuclear … Read more

Ukraine: Russia said to be using more deadly weapons in war

KYIV, Ukraine– Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons with the potential to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and as fierce fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, the UK … Read more

Japan vows bigger security role in region to tackle threats

SINGAPORE — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced plans on Friday to boost his country’s diplomatic and security role in the Asia Pacific to tackle what he described as growing threats in the region amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kishida said Japan will consider acquiring a preemptive strike capability in response to an increasingly assertive … Read more

China calls COVID ‘lab leak’ theory a lie after WHO report

BEIJING — China on Friday attacked the theory that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated as a leak from a Chinese laboratory as a politically motivated lie, after the World Health Organization recommended in its strongest terms yet that a deeper probe is needed into whether a lab accident may be to blame. Foreign Ministry … Read more

Russian missile strikes hit Kyiv as Putin warns West against arming Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine — Russia took aim at Western military supplies for Ukraine with airstrikes in Kyiv on Sunday that it said destroyed tanks donated from abroad, as President Vladimir Putin warned that any Western deliveries of long-range rocket systems to Ukraine would prompt Moscow to hit “objects that we haven’t yet struck.” The cryptic threat … Read more

N. Korea criticized as it takes helm of UN disarmament body

GENEVA — Dozens of mostly Western countries criticized North Korean “reckless actions” in its weapons programs as its government on Friday took over the rotating presidency of the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament. After North Korea’s ambassador opened a new session of the 65-nation body, Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely read a joint statement by 48 countries … Read more

US to seek new UN sanctions if North Korea holds nuke test

UNITED NATIONS — The United States said Tuesday it will push for additional sanctions on North Korea if it conducts a new nuclear test explosion. US, South Korean and Japanese officials have said North Korea could soon conduct its first nuclear test in nearly five years. On Thursday, China and Russia vetoed a UN resolution … Read more