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NEWS
October 3, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
A prototype missile defense system for the United States passed a critical test Saturday when it intercepted and destroyed an unarmed ballistic missile in a spectacular light show 140 miles above the Pacific Ocean, Pentagon officials reported. Sheryl Irwin, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, said a device launched into space from the Marshall Islands collided at about 7:20 p.m. with a Minuteman II missile fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc.
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NEWS
September 18, 1999 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The White House on Friday announced that the United States will move immediately to ease commercial and trade sanctions against one of the world's most isolated and notorious nations, North Korea. White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said the administration will normalize trade in most consumer goods and other commercial products between the United States and North Korea. The U.S. will also permit transfers of personal and commercial funds and will open commercial air and sea cargo links.
NEWS
August 23, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top State Department official denied Wednesday that the Bush administration had issued an ultimatum to Russia stating when the U.S. would withdraw from the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty. But Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton reiterated at a news conference here that the U.S. will pull out of the treaty "sooner rather than later" if no agreement is reached with Russia.
NEWS
July 14, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER and PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As dusk approaches today, Air Force technicians at Vandenberg Air Force Base will launch a missile toward a collision in outer space that could have far-reaching effects back on Earth. If the target missile is struck and obliterated by a high-tech "kill vehicle" launched from a South Pacific atoll, the Bush administration will have a powerful new argument for its proposal to accelerate the controversial missile defense program.
WORLD
June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last week, including one that broke up over Turkey, senior Israeli security officials said. The officials said the missiles, using North Korean technology and designed to carry chemical warheads, were fired May 27. In New York, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said the Syrian tests were "very dangerous." There was no comment from Damascus. The New York Times first reported Israel's allegations in Friday editions.
SCIENCE
September 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carbon-14 fallout from above-ground nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s is embedded in tooth enamel, allowing scientists to estimate age to within 1.6 years, Jonas Frisen of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm reported this week in the journal Nature. Tooth enamel contains 0.4% carbon. Concentrations in teeth thus reflect the amount in the atmosphere when the enamel was formed. It does not work for individuals born before 1943 because their teeth formed before nuclear tests began.
WORLD
November 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea says it will resume missile test launches unless Tokyo stops making Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and the fate of five Japanese abductees central to normalizing relations. North Korea's official news agency said Japan's stance on the abductees and its demands that North Korea stop developing nuclear arms are "creating very serious issues as [they are] illogical." Officials from the two sides held a round of normalization talks last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Air Force launched a Scud over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday in a rare test designed to glean information on how the missiles fly. The 33-foot unarmed Scud, which was acquired from an unidentified foreign source, was launched at 11:25 a.m.
WORLD
May 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russia tested new missiles that First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov boasted could penetrate any defense system. Ivanov said Russia tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, and successfully conducted a "preliminary" test of a cruise missile with an extended range. The former defense minister is seen as a potential successor to President Vladimir V. Putin. Russia has bristled at U.S.
NEWS
December 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
The United States could offer economic and diplomatic benefits to North Korea for access to a suspected North Korean nuclear weapons site, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung proposed Monday. Kim made the proposal during a meeting with William J. Perry, the newly appointed U.S. government policy coordinator on North Korea. The former U.S. defense minister arrived Sunday on a three-nation Asia tour, which includes stops in Tokyo and Beijing.
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