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October 21, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
Concerned that homes may one day be built on the site of a former nuclear testing laboratory between Simi Valley and Chatsworth, Los Angeles and two environmental groups plan to sue the federal government to force a stricter cleanup of radioactive waste. The Los Angeles city attorney's office said it had decided to join the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy, which operated the lab, because current cleanup plans could endanger city residents.
September 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
Shrugging off an ultimatum from the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Iran disclosed Tuesday that it had started converting tons of raw uranium as part of a process that could be used to make nuclear arms. Tehran also continued to insist that its purpose was only to produce electricity. Conversion of raw uranium can produce material for generating electricity or highly enriched fuel for nuclear bombs.
September 18, 2004 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
Was that a mushroom cloud that the satellite saw hovering menacingly over North Korea or merely a patch of bad weather? Trying to end one of the more bizarre episodes in the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program, South Korea's deputy unification minister, Rhee Bong Jo, said Friday that "a closer inspection of the cloud suggests that it was a natural phenomenon." The cloud -- as well as an unexplained tremor measuring about magnitude 2.6 -- was detected Sept.
September 13, 2004 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
Offering North Korea's first explanation for a mysterious explosion last week that raised fears of a nuclear weapons test, a top official of the reclusive communist state said early today that the massive blast was the deliberate demolition of a mountain as part of a hydroelectric project.
July 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
India successfully fired a nuclear-capable missile off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa in what a Defense Ministry spokesman called "a routine test." The Agni 1 missile has an estimated range of 750 miles. India is developing an array of missiles as part of its nuclear defense strategy against neighbors China and Pakistan. India staged nuclear tests and declared itself a nuclear power in 1998, prompting longtime rival Pakistan to respond with similar tests.
June 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
North Korea told the United States on Thursday that it would test a nuclear weapon unless Washington accepted Pyongyang's proposal for a freeze on its atomic program, U.S. officials said. They said the threat came during a two-hour meeting in Beijing between Assistant Secretary of State James A. Kelly and North Korean negotiators at a six-nation conference on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. The threat is not new, the U.S.
March 4, 2004
"From a Tropical Paradise to a Nuclear Hell" (Commentary, March 1), on Bikini, was quite accurate. I was there in 1954 aboard an LST (or landing ship, tank) that served as a troop carrier, "device" carrier and berthing ship for Atomic Energy Commission scientists. Besides the Marshallese, many military personnel on the atolls and afloat were hit by [nuclear test] Bravo. For many years the government, when confronted with this, used a "dog ate my homework" excuse. Only well after the fact did it take responsibility for certain types of cancer.
March 1, 2004 | JoAnn Wypijewski, JoAnn Wypijewski has written on Pacific issues since the 1980s for the Nation, the Los Angeles Times and Harper's.
"There's a story I can tell you," a fellow called Bruno Lat said to me a few years back. "I was 13. My dad was working with the Navy as a laborer on Kwajalein" -- an atoll in Lat's native Marshall Islands, controlled by the U.S. military. "It was early, early morning. We were all outside on that day waiting in the dark. Everybody was waiting for the Bravo." That day was 50 years ago: March 1, 1954.
July 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
French President Jacques Chirac, making his first visit to Polynesia since a final round of nuclear tests in the South Pacific in 1995, defended the decades of testing that some islanders say gave them cancer. Chirac, in the French territory of Tahiti, said the tests helped establish France as a world power. But hundreds of former test-site workers want Paris to recognize their claims that the blasts made them sick.
July 26, 2003 | From Reuters
North Korea says it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test unless the United States responds positively to its proposals for resolving concerns over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions, Japanese and North Korean sources were quoted as saying today. The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun said this had been conveyed to U.S. special envoy Jack Pritchard by a North Korean official in a secret meeting this month.
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