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Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

The US wants to modernize nuclear bombs stationed in Europe in a way many experts call the equivalent of creating a new weapon. Critics believe the move violates pledges by President Obama he would not develop new nukes. By Markus Becker and Otfried Nassauer more... Comment ]

Obama's Nuclear Push: Moscow Fears Loss of World Power Status

Obama's Nuclear Push: Moscow Fears Loss of World Power Status

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

A world without nuclear weapons? It's a nearly inconceivable scenario for the Kremlin, even if its arsenal costs Russia billions each year. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the country has suffered a major drop in influence. Now it's doing all it can to cling to the geopolitical power it has left. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Berlin Speech: Obama Calls for Cuts in Strategic Nuclear Weapons

Berlin Speech: Obama Calls for Cuts in Strategic Nuclear Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he would seek negotiations with Russia to reduce the number of strategic nuclear weapons they hold by up to a third. more... Comment ]

Mild Rebuff: US Rejects Criticism of Intelligence Practices

Mild Rebuff: US Rejects Criticism of Intelligence Practices

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

President Barack Obama on Wednesday gently rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism of US Internet surveillance and gave a light-hearted explanation of why he hasn't kept all his promises: "People don't always do exactly what you want -- it's shocking." more... Comment ]

Berlin Speech: Obama to Make Plea for Nuclear Disarmament

Berlin Speech: Obama to Make Plea for Nuclear Disarmament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2013

Speculation has been rife in Berlin regarding the possible contents of US President Barack Obama's speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday. Media reports indicate he will be making a renewed push for nuclear disarmament. more... Comment ]

Interview with Prince Turki bin Faisal: 'Saudi Arabia Wants Downfall of Assad'

Interview with Prince Turki bin Faisal: 'Saudi Arabia Wants Downfall of Assad'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia has long urged the West to arm the Syrian rebels as they battle forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. In an interview with SPIEGEL, he explains why. He also says Europe should change its strategy in nuclear negotiations with Iran. more... Comment ]

North Korean Border: Tension Serves As Magnet for Tourists

North Korean Border: Tension Serves As Magnet for Tourists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2013

The tour buses on the border between North and South Korea are full, as adventure-seekers visit what is billed as one of the most dangerous borders in the world. The current political tensions, it seems, have done little to scare away foreign tourists. By Heike Sonnberger more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Kim Wants Legitimacy as a Nuclear Power'

World from Berlin: 'Kim Wants Legitimacy as a Nuclear Power'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2013

In addition to multiple threats made against South Korea and the United States in recent days, Pyongyang said Tuesday it plans to restart a controversial nuclear reactor. The German media believe dictator Kim Jong Un is seeking to establish a stronger negotiating position for disarmament talks. more... Comment ]

Pyongyang's Provocations: What Motivates North Korean Threats?

Pyongyang's Provocations: What Motivates North Korean Threats?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2013

North Korea has responded to fresh UN sanctions by threatening to attack the US and escalate tensions with the South. But experts believe that the aggressive rhetoric has also been sparked by changing regional dynamics and hopes of rallying the people around their new leader. By Andreas Lorenz more...

The World from Berlin: 'China Alone Can Pressure North Korea'

The World from Berlin: 'China Alone Can Pressure North Korea'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

North Korea's nuclear test has been widely condemned by international leaders, who are calling for tough action against the country. But German commentators say past strategies have failed and it's time for China to step up to the challenge. more... Comment ]

Gauging the Nuclear Threat: 'We Can Greatly Diminish the Risk'

Gauging the Nuclear Threat: 'We Can Greatly Diminish the Risk'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

North Korea has become a nuclear power, Iran is close and Pakistan and India already have the bomb. Is it just a question of time before they get used? In an interview, disarmament advocate Sam Nunn explains how the worst can still be prevented. more... Comment ]