• 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

  • Japanese drills seek to enhance response to potential ballistic missile attack

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has announced that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will be conducting rapid deployment exercises of its Patriot PAC-3 missile systems to enhance the service's response capability against ballistic missiles amid growing military threats from North

  • North Korea to test-fire ICBM in not too distant future, says report

    The newspaper of North Korea's ruling party, Rodong Sinmun , has claimed that the country's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will take place in the not too distant future, according to a 10 June report by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. "The series of recent

  • US MDA chief 'concerned' about North Korean missile advancements

    The director of the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), US Navy Vice Admiral James Syring, has said he is greatly concerned about the advancements and demonstrations of ballistic missile technology made by North Korea over the past six months. "I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the

  • Putin backs Ankara-Moscow S-400 sales negotiations

    Negotiations are underway between Ankara and Moscow for the supply of S-400 air defence missile systems to the Turkish Armed Forces, Russian state-controlled press has reported. Speaking in St Petersburg on 1 June, President Vladimir Putin stated, "We discussed the possibility of selling the

  • South Korean president orders probe into additional THAAD rocket launchers

    South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, has ordered a special investigation after the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Seoul failed to inform him that four additional rocket launchers for the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system had been brought into the country,

  • US homeland missile defence system scores first ICBM target intercept

    The US homeland missile defence system, known as Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), succeeded in its first ever attempt to intercept a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target, according to the Pentagon. The GMD system is specifically designed to shoot down missiles in the

  • DoE requests to terminate MOX nuclear disposition programme, again

    The US Department of Energy (DoE) has once again requested that Congress terminate a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium, the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). The MFFF has strong backing among South Carolina's congressional delegation and has survived

  • North Korea on 'inevitable' pathway to nuclear ICBM if left unchecked, says DIA chief

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has warned that if North Korea is left on its current trajectory, the northeast Asian country will succeed in obtaining an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of posing a direct

  • North Korean missile launch further constrains South Korean president's options to reinvigorate inter-Korean dialogue, mitigate conflict risks

    EVENT North Korea test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile on 21 May, and on 23 May South Korea fired 90 machine gun rounds at unidentified objects crossing the Military Demarcation Line, likely to have been balloons with propaganda leaflets according to South Korea's Ministry of Defence.

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