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March 31, 2008 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said Sunday that he believes Iran is still pursuing a nuclear bomb, even though the U.S. intelligence community, including his own agency, reached a consensus judgment last year that the Islamic Republic had halted its nuclear weapons work in 2003. Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" whether he thought Iran was trying to develop a nuclear weapon, Hayden said, "Yes," adding that his assessment was not based on "court-of-law stuff. . . .
September 27, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
Over the last three years, two U.S. nuclear weapons experts have quietly crisscrossed the globe, racing to secure bomb-grade uranium before terrorists can lay their hands on a single kilogram. Andrew Bieniawski, 40, a boyish-looking immigrant from South Africa, has led the effort by the National Nuclear Security Administration, slogging from reactor to reactor trying to persuade foreign scientists and government officials to give up their highly enriched uranium fuel.
September 6, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
The Air Force has begun an investigation to find out how it mistakenly flew six nuclear bombs on a B-52 bomber from North Dakota to Louisiana last week in an apparent violation of military guidelines. U.S. military officials say the incident was a fluke and never exposed residents of several states to danger. But military experts and members of Congress said it could point to larger flaws in the government's system for monitoring the transport, storage and decommissioning of nuclear weapons.
June 24, 2007 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Deep underground in a Cold War-era nuclear bomb shelter, guide Alexei Alexandrov did his best to set a spooky mood, starting with his 1960s Soviet army uniform. "Please don't split away from the group," he somberly warned visitors to the labyrinth of tunnels shaped into cavernous rooms and lengthy hallways, "or you may get lost in the dark and end up shot by a guard by mistake."
June 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Georgian customs officers sent a car carrying a mixture of plutonium and beryllium back into Azerbaijan after foiling an attempt to smuggle the materials over the border, Georgian television reported. Customs officials found the materials, which can be used in nuclear bombs, in what appeared to be a routine check as the car was driven over the border from Azerbaijan, the Imedi television station reported. "Georgian customs detected a high level of radiation," Imedi reported. Details were scant.
October 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
It apparently will take more than a nuclear bomb to derail the U.S. stock market's latest rally. Share prices advanced Monday despite North Korea's nuclear test. In Asia most stock markets were modestly lower in reaction to news of the test, although South Korea's main share index slumped 2.4%. The dollar benefited as some global investors sought a haven. The U.S. currency rose against the yen and the South Korean won. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average edged up 7.
August 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Activity at a North Korean facility suggests Pyongyang could be preparing its first test of a nuclear bomb, according to news reports citing unnamed U.S. officials. U.S. officials publicly gave no new evidence of any such plan. ABC News quoted an unidentified senior military official as saying a U.S. intelligence agency had observed "suspicious vehicle movement" at a suspected North Korean test site. CNN reported that U.S.
July 9, 2006 | Graham Allison, GRAHAM ALLISON, a former assistant secretary of Defense, is director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
THE COMMANDER in chief insists his North Korea policy isn't a disaster. At a news conference Friday, President Bush was asked why, given North Korea's increasing nuclear capability, its refusal to talk and its July 4 missile launches, Americans shouldn't conclude that the U.S. policy toward North Korea is a failed one. "Because it takes time to get things done," Bush replied. Unfortunately, time is only likely to expose even more starkly that his North Korea policy is a striking failure.
June 13, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
In the Cold War arms race, scientists rushed to build thousands of warheads to counter the Soviet Union. Today, those scientists are racing once again, but this time to rebuild an aging nuclear stockpile. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are locked in an intense competition with rivals at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area to design the nation's first new nuclear bomb in two decades.
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