December 12, 1999
Newly declassified documents show that while the United States was vowing publicly not to keep nuclear weapons in Japan, it secretly stored them on Okinawa and on the islands of Chichi-jima and Iwo Jima in the 1950s and 1960s and was prepared to do the same at other Japanese sites.An article describing the documents and what its authors say is the first comprehensive account of the largely secret history of the United States' use of Japan in its planning for nuclear war is being published in the January-February issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
November 25, 1994
The world is a safer place because of Project Sapphire. Thanks to good teamwork by the U.S. Defense, Energy and State Departments, one of the gravest nuclear security gaps was plugged. Thanks to the wisdom and initiative of Kazakhstan's old Communist leader, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, one huge temptation is denied to the forces of terrorism, corruption and covetous rogue countries.It was a secret mission brought off with flare and efficiency worthy of the hottest days of the Cold War. A team of American nuclear specialists was spirited into a padlocked but insecure warehouse in Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.
October 21, 1994
The United States and North Korea, deadly enemies over the Cold War period, sign an agreement in Geneva today that holds promise of a genuine rapprochement but contains unfortunate precedents in the quest for nuclear non-proliferation.Whether the risks taken by the Clinton administration are prudent will not really be known for some five years, which is one of the problems. Short-term dangers of a military confrontation, however, have been averted.First, the big positives: the Pyongyang regime has agreed to halt the operations of a five-megawatt graphite reactor which the CIA believes has produced sufficient plutonium for one or two nuclear bombs.
May 19, 1993
Bill Clinton was elected to provide America with certain thing over the long term: Better health care. An improved economy. More jobs.But here is what Bill Clinton intends to give America in the short term: A resumption of nuclear weapons testing.Between July 1 of this year and Sept. 30, 1996, when nuclear testing must end by act of Congress, Bill Clinton wants to explode 15 nuclear bombs underground in order to test their "safety."A number of members of Congress are against this. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says: "It is time for the world to stop all nuclear weapons tests."
December 2, 1991
Conventional wisdom holds that the Cold War is over. But is it? Consider the implications of Secretary of Defense Cheney's recent commitment to keep large numbers of American troops in South Korea, on the grounds that such defenses are required because North Korea is at the threshold of nuclear capability.Cheney didn't say so, but the implication is clear: The presence of 40,000 U.S. troops currently based in South Korea would deter North Korea from striking its neighbor with nuclear bombs.
October 26, 2004
THE NEWS that 380 tons of high explosives was left unguarded in Iraq, and has gone missing, is dumbfounding. Safer? Wasn't the whole point of the war in Iraq supposed to be about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists - to make the world a less dangerous place? Yet, as reported by The New York Times, here was this huge cache of extremely destructive explosives, kept under control for years by the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, suddenly available to anyone who wanted to pick it up - thanks to the anarchy unleashed by the U.S. invasion.