August 18, 2006 |
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.
August 16, 2006 |
The Pentagon's second-costliest aerospace program, which is being managed by Boeing Co. and San Diego-based Science Applications International Corp., passed its most important milestone this year and can move into its next phase of development, Army officials said Tuesday. After several days of intense review by the Army, Boeing and Defense Department officials showed that the key technologies for the Future Combat Systems were on track, Maj. Gen.
July 9, 2006 |
It was 4:59 a.m., midway through the semifinal World Cup match between Italy and Germany, when the first bulletin crawled along the bottom of the television screen reporting that North Korea was launching missiles. "The same old story!" groaned Bae Min-su, a 41-year-old restaurateur who had woken up early on July 5 to watch the match. The same collective shrug was expressed by millions of other South Koreans.
July 4, 2006 |
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."
June 19, 2006 |
Efforts were underway today to get North Korea to back down from what appeared to be an imminent test-firing of a missile capable of reaching U.S. territories in the Pacific. Japanese Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe warned that Japan would do everything in its power short of an "appeal to arms." "Japan and the U.S.
June 18, 2006 |
North Korea appeared poised to test-launch today what intelligence experts contend is a new multi-stage ballistic missile that probably could not reach North America but could threaten U.S. interests in Asia. Satellite surveillance showed North Korea moving what appeared to be fuel canisters to the launch site on its remote east coast late last week in preparation.
June 17, 2006 |
North Korea loaded booster rockets onto a launch pad and moved about 10 fuel tanks to a launch site in preparation for test-firing a long-range missile that could reach as far as the U.S. mainland, a newspaper reported here today. South Korea and the United States made the assessment after analyzing satellite images, the daily Chosun Ilbo reported, citing an unnamed high-level South Korean government official. The warhead section hasn't been loaded, the paper said.
June 13, 2006 |
How can scientists be sure that a newly designed hydrogen bomb would work if they never get to test it? The planned "reliable replacement warhead" is not supposed to ever be tested. The U.S. halted underground nuclear testing in 1992. So teams of physicists, chemists and engineers at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories are using supercomputers and scientific instruments developed in recent years to better understand nuclear detonation. But some uncertainties remain.
May 10, 2006 |
A nonnuclear explosion expected to generate a mushroom cloud over the desert 85 miles from Las Vegas will be postponed while a federal court reviews the plan, officials said. The experiment won't be conducted earlier than June 23, said Cheri Abdelnour, a spokeswoman for the federal Defense Threat Reduction Agency. A federal lawsuit seeking to stop the blast claims that the planned 700-ton ammonium nitrate and fuel-oil bomb will kick up radioactive fallout left from nuclear weapons tests.
April 9, 2006 |
An environmental and antinuclear group is calling on federal officials to cancel plans to detonate 700 tons of explosives at the Nevada Test Site in an experiment designed to study ground motion and shock waves. Citizen Alert is one of several groups to oppose the test since a Defense Department official stirred controversy last week by saying the June 2 explosion would create "a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas." Federal officials have since retracted the statement.