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The cooling towers of the Dukovany nuclear power plant are seen during a nuclear accident exercise near Brno, Czech Republic, on March 26, 2013.

The Czech Republic Is Caught in a Nuclear Tug of War

Competition among China, Russia, and the West is taking the form of a battle to build reactors in Eastern Europe.

Young people attend a mass gathering denouncing defectors at the Pyongyang Youth Park Open-Air Theater in Pyongyang on June 6.

North Korea Doesn’t Trust China to Protect It

Pyongyang will never accept the shelter of another power’s nuclear umbrella.

Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams appears as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference on March 31 in Washington. Abrams was chosen to succeed Brian Hook as U.S. Special Representative for Iran this week.

Iran Policy in Holding Pattern Before Elections

The sudden departure of Brian Hook leaves the Trump administration scrambling to snatch some victory after two years of “maximum pressure” on Iran.

The Iranian military launches a missile during a naval exercise on June 18. The Iranian navy successfully tested new short- and long-range cruise missiles, coinciding with a rebound in tension with the United States, which seeks to extend the arms embargo against Iran.

Document of the Week: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.

Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.

An aerial photo shows the explosion over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after the "Little Boy" atomic bomb was dropped.

The Hiroshima Effect

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear bomb fell, we are grateful it hasn’t happened again, mystified it didn’t, and terrified it still might.

U.S. President Donald Trump in Beijing

Trump Wants China on Board With New Arms Control Pact

Obama’s New START arms treaty limited Russian and American nukes. Now, U.S. officials want to rope in Beijing.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Trump Administration Unveils Security Council Resolution Extending Iran Arms Embargo

But the draft has little support among major powers at the U.N., reflecting Washington’s isolation on its Iran policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on May 8, 2018.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Iran is resuming its enrichment of uranium, Syrian mercenaries are in Libya, and the Taliban are exploiting the coronavirus.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) presides over a target strike exercise conducted by the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in an undated photo.

North Korea Continues to Flout Trump, Advance Nuclear Ambitions

A U.N. panel concludes that the U.S. president’s outreach to Kim Jong Un has changed little in his behavior. 

An Iranian flag flies in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant during an official ceremony to kick-start work on a second reactor at the facility on Nov. 10, 2019.

Will Iran Follow North Korea’s Path and Ditch the NPT?

As tensions escalate, Iran’s leadership appears to be considering withdrawing from the global nonproliferation framework entirely.

A sign with the radiation warning symbol in front of the construction of the Duga Soviet over-the-horizon radar system near Chernobyl, Ukraine, on Nov. 22, 2018.

Low-Yield Nukes Are a Danger, Not a Deterrent

Deterrence theorists are pushing ideas that have never been tested.

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in Iran on Dec. 23, 2019.

The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There

Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.

A Russian S-400 Triumph air defense missile system is paraded through Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 6, 2018.

2020: The End of New START, or the Start of Something New?

The coming year will either bring new U.S.-Russia talks or a renewed arms race.

Rafael Grossi, the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Sept. 20.

Rafael Grossi Isn’t America’s—or Iran’s, or North Korea’s—Man

The new head of the IAEA was the United States’ preferred candidate. But, as global tensions rise, he quickly needs to prove his independence.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 19, 2018.

Kim Jong Un’s Warning for Trump

With a deadline for restarting nuclear talks looming, North Korea ups the ante on the United States.

A picture on display shows a Nike missile at one of the facilities that were used to store and potentially launch both conventional and nuclear-tipped Nike missiles in reaction to any Russian attack in Florida on April 8, 2010.

The United States’ Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons Are Dangerously Entangled

New evidence from the Yom Kippur War shows how such knots can lead to nuclear annihilation.

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Turkey Has Long Had Nuclear Dreams

Ankara has been contemplating developing nuclear weapons since the 1960s.

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