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July 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea vowed to respond with a nuclear strike if attacked by the United States. The Bush administration reacted sternly, saying it had no intention of attacking but was determined to protect the U.S. if North Korea followed through on the test launch of a long-range missile. The official Korean Central News Agency said Pyongyang would "answer a preemptive attack with a relentless annihilating strike and a nuclear war with a mighty nuclear deterrent."
January 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea warned of nuclear war and vowed to strengthen its deterrent forces. "Dark clouds of a nuclear war are hanging low over the Korean Peninsula," said a commentary carried by state-run Korean Central News Agency. "The ever-more frantic moves of the U.S. to ignite a new war against [North Korea] would only compel it ... to bolster its deterrent." North Korea repeatedly has accused the U.S. of planning to attack. Washington has denied any such intention.
September 27, 2005
Niall Ferguson explains how British imperialists, wishing to keep the peace, ran afoul of religious and political strife that erupted into civil war after their departure from India (Opinion, Sept. 26). He makes it clear that if the U.S. lets go in Iraq, it will mean not only civil war but the outbreak of a regional war in the Middle East. The U.S. has neither the resources nor the will to change the outcome in Iraq by military force. It may be the last possible moment to rethink our diplomatic policies if we are to avoid provoking a nuclear war. PEGGY COFFMAN STAGGS Orange In response to new allegations of prisoner abuse in Iraq (Sept.
March 19, 2005
Re "Senate Democrats Erect Shield to Obstruct 'Nuclear Option,' " March 16: To all Republican senators who support using the so-called nuclear option for ramming through right-wing judicial nominees, just remember what happens in nuclear war -- everybody dies. Doug Lenier Valley Glen
October 1, 2004 | Timothy J. Naftali, Special to The Times
High Noon in the Cold War Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis Max Frankel Presidio Press/Ballantine Books: 208 pp., $23.95 * The Cuban missile crisis stands out as the great near miss of the 20th century. "This may end in a big war," Nikita Khrushchev lamented to his Kremlin colleagues once he realized that the Americans had unraveled his secret plan to transform Cuba into a Soviet strategic missile base in October 1962.
April 27, 2004
"Still on Catastrophe's Edge" (Commentary, April 26) ended with the comment that "a clear road map for nuclear disarmament should be established." The road map is in Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It calls for an end to the nuclear arms race, nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament "under strict and effective international control." President Kennedy presented the American-Soviet (McCloy-Zorin) program to achieve that goal in his address to the United Nations on Sept.
April 26, 2004 | Robert McNamara and Helen Caldicott, Robert McNamara was secretary of Defense for presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Helen Caldicott is a pediatrician and president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute.
As we continue to grapple with the United States' vulnerability to terrorist attack, we fail to recognize the most serious danger, one that is overlooked by politicians and emergency management agencies alike. Thousands of Russian nuclear warheads are targeted on the U.S. How can this be, after the end of the Cold War nearly 15 years ago? Unfortunately, the targeting strategy of Russia and the United States has changed little, despite a profound change in relations between these two nations.
February 15, 2004 | Howard Morland, Howard Morland, a former Air Force pilot and congressional military policy analyst, is the author of "The Secret That Exploded."
On Sunday, Jan. 25, I shook hands with Robert S. McNamara for the first time. I thought it would bring closure. It did, sort of. During the first decade of my adult life I nourished a fantasy about doing him bodily harm if I got close enough. Someone actually did try to throw him off the Martha's Vineyard ferry during that time. I would not have gone that far, I'm sure. Now I'm 61, and he's 87. We are comrades in the ban-the-bomb movement.
January 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Cresson Kearny, 89, the author of a best-selling manual on how to survive nuclear war, died Dec. 18 in Montrose, Colo., after years of declining health, his daughter, Stephanie Kearny, said Monday. His book "Nuclear War Survival Skills" includes instructions on how to build a fallout shelter and a radiation meter. First published in 1979, the book had sold more than 600,000 copies by the mid-1990s.
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