• South Korea unveils test-firing footage of tactical ballistic missile system

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reacted to Pyongyang’s latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by releasing video footage of a tactical ballistic missile system that is stated to be under development by the country’s Agency for

  • North Korea claims second ICBM test launch shows all of US is within range

    North Korea test-fired a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 28 July, claiming that the test verified that the entire United States is now within range of its missiles. The land-based ICBM, which was launched from an area near Mupyong-ni in north-central Chagang Province at around

  • PACOM's Adm Harris cautions on North Korean ICBM capabilities

    Key Points The United States expects North Korean ICBM capabilities to improve Washington is looking to China to place diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea As of 4 July 2017 North Korea has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability and the range to reach North America and

  • US president adopting policy of testing limits of nuclear agreement, increasing risk of deal's collapse

    Key Points President Trump has previously twice certified Iranian compliance with the JCPOA, primarily to buy time while his administration reviews and formulates its Iran strategy. The JCPOA is likely perceived by Trump as rewarding what he sees as Iran's malign regional behaviour. It is also a

  • USAF, USN still considering nuclear weapons commonality, but cautiously

    The US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) are still mulling ways to make their nuclear-armed missiles more common, but are wary of creating single points of failure, according to Pentagon’s top nuclear officer. USAF-USN nuclear weapons commonality is “certainly not probably as visible

  • STRATCOM chief: Improve homeland missile defence before considering East Coast expansion

    Key Points The head of US Strategic Command wants better space-based sensors for missile defence Some in Congress are pushing for an 'East Coast' interceptor site, but commanders prioritise capability improvements over expansion The Pentagon should work to improve sensors and interceptors for

  • North Korea capable of launching ‘limited missile attack’, says top US general

    The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), General Joe Dunford, has publicly acknowledged that North Korea is capable of launching what he called “a limited missile attack”. “Kim Jong-un’s regime is tied to [the country's] nuclear programme, and what I can tell the

  • South Korea pushing to revise missile guidelines, says report

    The government in Seoul is pushing to revise the missile guidelines developed with Washington to double the maximum weight of warheads mounted on South Korean ballistic missiles from the current 500 kg, the Yonhap news agency reported on 24 July citing unnamed sources. The South Korean government

  • Pentagon budget 2018: House, Senate appropriators far apart on defence topline

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has allocated initial defence topline funding that is much lower than its House counterpart, with the Senate recommending USD595.2 billion versus the House’s USD658.1 billion. For its preliminary budget draft, Senate appropriators will consider USD513.1

  • Nuclear projects top UK MoD risk listing

    Flagship UK nuclear submarine programmes are "unachievable" or "in doubt", according to the 2017 report of the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority. The report by the cross-governmental project watchdog, published on 18 July, "red flags" the UK's project to build a

  • US Congress seeks to address Russia's reported INF Treaty violation

    Key Points Lawmakers are suggesting the Pentagon explore options for fielding its own ground-launched intermediate-range missiles The White House has objected to such provisions, calling one version "unhelpful" US lawmakers are considering options to address Russia's reported fielding

  • Security forces kill 21 Taliban militants in Afghanistan's Balkh

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 10 July, security forces reported 21 Taliban militants had been killed and 20 others wounded by security forces during a counter-terrorism operation in Chemtal district in Afghanistan's Balkh province on an earlier unspecified date, Noor TV reported.

  • South Korea's intelligence agency doubts North Korea has warhead re-entry technology, says report

    South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) has disputed North Korea’s claim that it has successfully developed re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme, South Korean lawmaker Yi Wan-young was quoted by several media outlets as saying on 11

  • US confirms North Korea launched its first ICBM

    The United States has confirmed that the missile test-fired by North Korea on 4 July was the communist regime's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In a statement issued that same day US secretary of state Rex Tillerson strongly condemned the launch, saying that "testing an ICBM

  • North Korea claims first successful launch of intercontinental ballistic missile

    North Korea successfully test-fired on 4 July what it claimed was its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The land-based missile, which was launched about 0939 h local time from a location near Panghyon Airfield in Kusong, in North Korea's northwestern North Pyongan Province, flew for

  • Syrian chemical attack warning worked, says Mattis

    The US warning of consequences in relation to the Syrian military preparing to use chemical weapons seems to have prevented another attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on 28 June. "It appears that they took the warning seriously," he said during a visit to Europe. The

  • US ICBM fleet now compliant with US-Russia New START Treaty

    The US Air Force (USAF) announced its nuclear missile force is compliant with the 2011 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the United States and Russia. On 2 June the last of 50 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) were removed from the launch facility at the FE

  • North Korea conducts another possible ICBM rocket engine test, says report

    North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of Pyongyang's programme to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Reuters news agency reported on 23 June. The US assessed that the test, the latest in a series of engine

  • China and US divergence in handling North Korea likely to slow efforts to improve trade relations

    EVENT The US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, on 21 June. The US urged China to curtail North Korean nuclear weapons and missile programmes through economic and diplomatic pressure. The day before, US president Donald Trump said China failed to rein in North

  • US Gen Hyten wants Pentagon nuclear modernisation efforts accelerated

    Key Points A top US officer wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear weapons modernisation efforts These are huge programmes that will all be modernised simultaneously The United States officer in charge of its nuclear arsenal wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear modernisation

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