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Who killed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh?
"We start with breaking news. And iran's defense ministry has confirmed that one of the country's top nuclear scientists has been assassinated two diff- of muslim fucker. Saudi is very much proving to be one of those stories in which people will see whatever confirmations of their own prejudices and suspicions they wished to it might reasonably be argued that this description applies in the online epoch in particular to pretty much every story but it is especially the case with stories set in the middle east and which may would depending wh one prefers to believe may not involve israel. So it's best to start with what we know for certain. We know that molson fucker. Zodda was a renowned nuclear physicist a senior engineering of iran's nuclear program and a brigadier general in iran's islamic revolution regard core. He is believed to have been deleted of what was known as project amid the program. Iran established in the late nineteen eighty s to explore the prospects of iranian nuclear weapon and closed in two thousand three according to the international atomic energy agency. We know that he was killed. Last friday near absorbed a small town seventy kilometers east of tehran. And that he was buried with full state on. Who's on sunday law. Main hobby lobby. No optic not that big van owen ruling to the questions of precisely how he was killed by whom there is a bewildering smorgasbord of answers. While it seems clear enough that Was shot dead as the car in which he was. Travelling was the object of an ambush. There are conflicting reports of this assassination being conducted by a posse of live operators. Some of whom may or may not have died at the scene and or by some species of remote controlled weapon monotony iran bit who we bid and me. The enemies of iran have to know that the iranian nation and the country's officials a brave and intrepid enough to respond to this criminal action. As on a has dan in dommage in our yet caught on era by-pass off pigs around as to who might have done it. Iranian officialdom and iranian media have been quick to blame either israel or the mujahedeen e. Cock a curious cultish iranian rebel group which has been a persistent irritant to the islamic republic. And who currently appear to be based between iraq. France and albania. The has also been an amount of copy pasted umbrage directed at the united states or as president hassan rohani of iran prefers to address it the global arrogance on record. Israeli sources have feigned bafflement though the new york times has quoted an unnamed senior. Israeli official is suggesting that the world should thank israel. Four reside is demise. The mujahideen have been reticent. As of this broadcast the iran has yet to present any concrete evidence of their assertions. And if and when they do it will likely be impossible for any independent observers to verify them and iran does reflexively blame israel for pretty much anything it is only a couple of years since former head of iran's military major general signed fear is a body accused of running a network of spy lizards. But it's not like there isn't something of a circumstantial case to answer this year. Several sites in iran which might or might not have been related to iran's nuclear program was struck by explosions which did not appear coincidental and at least four other iranian. Nuclear scientists have met violent ends since two thousand ten to killed by car bombs one by a motorcycle. Bomb one shot dead. In most instances iran blamed israel and israel denied involvement while also making it as clear as it could be regarded even the faintest prospect of a nuclear armed iran as intolerable almost ziff inviting tehran to take the hint and a is at least arguable. Most infact saudis college was marked in two thousand eighteen when israeli intelligence highsted from a warehouse in tehran thousands of files pertaining to iran's nuclear program when israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu announced his feet. He mentioned zadeh by name. A key. part of the plan was to form new organizations to continue the work. This is how dr moosa farkas the of project about put remember that name a day so along with the questions of who and how there is another why in particular wine now whoever killed most fuck resolve will have known that iran would feel obliged to retaliate or at least threatened to retaliate. And that this would make any kind of diplomacy with tehran difficult. Whoever killed muslims will also have understood that a window to such engagement might have been about to open interior. Vashon sean medicare dishman salvage assassination shows. The enemies are experiencing anxious weeks feeling. That the pressure's fading away. And the world circumstances a change a heart. The camby share shadow. It's johnny you're gonna with the swearing in of a new american president who has sounded keen on returning the us to the two thousand fifteen nuclear deal with iran out of which the current president flounced of the possible consequences. All fockers ought is death to seem reasonably certain one that iran's nuclear ambitions whatever they may actually be will have been hinted at least some ought to that. Compromise with iran will be less likely someone somewhere will be considering this a win win
Fresh update on "nuclear weapons" discussed on Morning News with Hal Jay & Brian Estridge
"Would be a P Jim Carafano with Heritage Foundation carves out some time for us here on the Wednesday as he always does always appreciate it. We gotta start and stop in Aram. All right, tell me. Hey, if you could just define what's going on there, Jim and where our level of concern is right now. Well, look, I mean, we can't talk to a lot of specifics because we just don't publicly have them available. So we know the top Iranian scientists, one who's been accused of being the head of their nuclear weapons program that affect the U. S sanction this individual one point um he died. The facts were kind of sketchy. Ah, lot of people blame Israel. For that. Israel hasn't Taking responsibility. But look, I mean, this has happened in the past four radiant scientists killed between 2010 2012 Recently we had a high level arcade operators was shot in the streets of Iran. The Israelis were accused that and you really have publicly acknowledged attacking a number of Iranian sites in Syria in recent weeks, so Look part of this. You could just say Well, if if the Iranians are behind that this is kind of typical Iranian behavior. They they're basically in a cold war with Iran on they vigorously defend their interests, and they'll always do that. Then nobody's gonna restrictions were doing that the other. The other argument is as well. They're doing this because Worried about a reproachment between our re engagement between the U. S and Iran and they want to make that a difficult as possible. So that's kind of where we are. All right, so the assassination itself because they've been details that have been released from the Iranians. Which you know, we don't know whether to believe them or not. But what do we know about the assassination? It Z? I mean, can we? Can we prove that it that it went the way that the Iranians say that it is? Well, no. I mean, basically you have to take the Iranians word for that. The Iranian Media is controlled by the Iranian state, so you can't accept anything. They say. It's a style. You it all sounds a bit James Bond. You know, if people are interested in Google, you can read the accounts. I mean, some experts argue, Look, this doesn't really sound very practical. The way the Iranians describe this. This is not something Israel's we do? I mean, you know, notion that using robotic weapons stuff like that, But, um, Who knows? I mean, you could You know when I do analysis I go on the facts that are available and the tendency is always want to connect us, you know, and as here but you know, it's easy to connect the dots you want to connect. But unless you actually have linkage debt proof that these dots connect. You have to be very worried about that. But look This isn't magic here. I mean Israel and wrong. Iraq in a cold work, said that sometimes people die that Z just a fact that's not not changing on And if there's a fine team that comes the office, a lot of people do wonder because during the Election, Biden said he would return to the J P C away that would require them to reengage with Iran. A lot of people wonder how that only for what that would look like and how we got all the incredibly legitimate concerns we have about Iranian behavior, which by the way The Iran deal when the U. S was a party to that that deal failed to address every single one of the crucial security concerns. You know, I'm wonder, though. What led up to this particular moment was there one thing that led to this? Let's talk about that After we check traffic, and here is money Cookman. So.
Iran’s president blames Israel for killing nuclear scientist and vows to respond at the ‘right time’
"Joe biden could be facing a crisis in iran when he takes office the runs top. Nuclear scientists was killed. Daytime ambush friday. The scientists was considered the architect of iran's secret nuclear program that was halted in two thousand three while. Nbc news has not independently confirmed details surrounding his death. Iran's foreign minister has implicated israel in the attack but israel has not commented on the allegations. Join me now now. You're a hawk former state. Department senior adviser and host of sirius. Xm that global experience treat a policy of the quincy institute for responsibility in statecraft and author of losing it. Enemy and colonel lawrence wilkerson former chief of staff for secretary of state colin powell. So i'd like to start with you. Treat it what exactly is happening right now. What are we hearing. Well the latest is happening. Is that the iranian president. I've come out with a statement. Essentially saying that iran is not going to walk into what he called a trap by israelis to escalate and and create a war because that is in his assessment with the israelis wants But it is not clear if that is the view of other elements inside the country. Some of this debate is starting to be taking place in public in which the argument that is made by the other side is that these assassinations continued to take place precisely because in their view the iranians have not responded harshly enough to previous attacks and the only way of preventing future. Attacks is to respond harshly. This one if that happens however than there is a very significant risk for a major esscalation potentially war which according to ruhani is what the Always looking for curl wilkerson. How unusual would it be for the notes to have not been informed of this. Do you believe that the white house knew that this was going to happen. It would be extremely unusual. Maria theresa I have to believe that was informed Trump's whole effort now seems to be to be foul the recent election. So i don't think he's very attentive to but my peyot at sectors state is and i'll remind your viewers of what's up their defense robert gates Now my chancellor. William and mary that the saudis are willing to fight the iranians for the last dead american. And i would add bb netanyahu too much in yahoo in that. I think that's what we're looking at here. They want as a major outcome. A war as a middle ground outcomes they want a bombing campaign by the us against toronto nuclear facilities and as a minimum amount They want to foreclose any possibility of the new president. Joe biden reentering the joint comprehensive plan of action the nuclear agreement with iran and. It looks like they're well on that road to success to follow up on that. Because i think the what the colonel stating is quite implicates the perhaps the role of the white house in this we know that any who has been a very strong ally of donald trump donald trump has been very clear that he is an ally of israel but also want also was the one that was responsible for pulling us out of the nuclear deal with iran. And the idea that we're hearing possibly is that donald trump perhaps did this. No had israelis did this informing donald trump. But also is this netanyahu's attempt to do something under this current administration that he knows me not able to do with a biden administration will the binding administration has certainly picked up a where. The obama administration left off in terms of wanting to return to diplomacy and use the tools of diplomacy to box in bad actors. If we rewind we know. The iran nuclear deal was less about iran's as a terrorist nation and more about eliminating the ability for iran to get a nuclear weapon. That yahoo was opposed of the saudis. Were closed. But this was a coordinated effort between european countries including russia and the united states with the united states. Pulling out that really opened the door. Before is israel and the saudis to look to other avenues to influence the united states. You also had with trump national security adviser john bolton who was in iran war hawk and so some of that still remains netanyahu just last week was meeting and talking with mohammed bin salman the crown prince of saudi arabia. So they're looking at a ticking time clock of being able to behave in ways in which the international at least the united states will not be speaking up. An opposing their efforts so That's the key thing is how much can they. Box in. A biden's options By engaging the united states under a trump administration or while trump is still commander in chiefs treatise of the. Us has done officially commented on what occurred. What is your take when this idea that. Perhaps the trying to do is box in the president elect wyden. I think that's absolutely correct than i think it's also correct would counter wilkerson said that There was probably some sort of implicit green light from the trump administration for netanyahu. Go forward with this. However it's also important to recognize that. Netanyahu must also have calculated that biden. Probably does not have the political will to inflict impose a cost netanyahu if he does these things to box in biden and i think it is up to the biden administration to prove netanyahu wrong. Because i doubt that netanyahu would have gone down this path unless he felt that it was pretty much cost fee from him not just from trump but also from biden
Fresh update on "nuclear weapons" discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Days often described as the robert oppenheimer of the iranian nuclear program the architect of a decades long effort on the part of the islamic republic to establish of fairly wide ranging in sophisticated nuclear infrastructure with the ultimate intention. Which is presumed by some of the past activities of developing the capability to have nuclear weapons is day is part of a large infrastructure at this stage. There are at least some reports suggest he wants. If not retired he was no longer in a position to be sort of the key. Point person. but it's notable that He was given a very prominent.
How Iranian scientist’s killing could derail future US-Iran talks
"Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is calling for definitive punishment for those behind the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports. Iranian president is blaming Israel doctor Most In fact, Rosati, who's been described as a leader in Iranian research into nuclear weapons, was gunned down in a car outside Tehran. President. Rouhani blamed Israel, saying the assassination quote shows our enemies, despair and the depth of their hatred. Iranian military officials are vowing to avenge Fuck. Rosati is death, a senior U. S official told NPR that one concern is possible attacks on U. S forces in Iraq. Some analysts are suggesting the attack was an effort to escalate tensions before President elect Joe Biden takes office, former State Department official Mark Fitzpatrick wrote on Twitter. That quote the reason for assassinating Fuck. Rosati wasn't to impede Iran's war potential. It was to impede diplomacy. Peter Kenyon NPR news Istanbul
Fresh update on "nuclear weapons" discussed on Supernatural with Ashley Flowers
"In alpha's case. He thought all these things had taken place in the present. But with paul davis dina. He was convinced he had lived through the future. Which is actually something that scientists today are studying. They call it krona seizure or mental time travel. It's basically were someone imagined something that happened to them in the future but it's coded into their memory as a present moment now. This is like way on the fringes of science and we really don't know how it works exactly but it could explain why paul was so convinced. He wasn't dreaming. His memories felt so real. He was convinced he had actually lived them but it was probably just his imagination playing tricks on him. This makes sense when we think of the future. Paul experienced a lot of the futuristic philosophy in particular seems similar to eastern religions which paul probably went into his coma already. Knowing a lot about in fact the hindu religion believes in something called the samadi which sounds a lot like the word summit. In paul's dreams there are even hindu spiritual elites called brahmin who are said to access the somali so all of this the hindu samadi the brahmin. It could all be the basis for the valley of the roses and the spiritually in tune. People who lived there like maybe paul's imagination was pulling all these references together in his psyche to form this realistic seeming place in the future. Which sounds like a logical explanation until you remember that polls diary gives us a breakdown of history leading up to the forty th century and a lot of what he predicts is scarily close to our present situation so according to paul the twenty th century would be shaped by agricultural and environmental problems. The rise of individualism a collapse of human rights and the existential threat of nuclear weapons. The list goes on and on but his predictions eerily accurate. Like these are clearly things we are dealing with one hundred years later and they were all predicted by a man from the early nineteen twenty s. It's hard to believe. Paul could have just come up with this stuff on his own in nineteen twenty two world war. Two hadn't even happened yet. Which kick started the scientific and technological revolution the manhattan project the secret. Us program that invented the first nuclear weapon wouldn't begin for almost twenty more years like paul wouldn't have even known what nuclear weapons were let alone but they would become a primary threat to civilization. There's just no rational explanation for how paul could have known about these things but in the end it's just too big of a coincidence to dismiss like who knows what we're capable of doing and seeing when our bodies are asleep or in a coma maybe our consciousness really can travel to the future and inhabit another person's body just whether or not that's actually possible. We just might have to wait until thirty. Nine.
Iran's supreme leader vows revenge for scientist's killing
"Iran is vowing revenge for the assassination of a top Iranian scientist, NPR's Peter Kenyon. Reports of President Hassan Rouhani is now among those accusing Israel of being behind the attack the most and fuckers Adi, who's been described as a leader in Iranian research into nuclear weapons. Was gunned down in a car outside Tehran. President Rouhani blamed Israel, saying the assassination quote shows our enemies, despair and the depth of their hatred. Iranian military officials are vowing to avenge Fuck. Rosati is death, a senior U. S official told NPR that one concern is possible attacks on U. S forces in Iraq. Some analysts are suggesting the attack was an effort to escalate tensions before President elect Joe Biden takes office, former State Department official Mark Fitzpatrick wrote on Twitter. That quote the reason for assassinating Fuck. Rosati wasn't to impede Iran's war potential. It was to impede diplomacy Peter Kenyon, NPR news
Iran vows revenge for scientist's killing
"Snyder. Iran is vowing revenge for the assassination of a top Iranian scientist, NPR's Peter Kenyon, reports of President Hassan Rouhani. It's now among those accusing Israel of being behind the attack. Dr Mostyn fuckers. Adi, who's been described as a leader in Iranian research into nuclear weapons, was gunned down in a car outside Tehran. President. Rouhani blamed Israel, saying the assassination quote shows our enemies, despair and the depth of their hatred. Iranian military officials are vowing to avenge chakras Rd's death, a senior U. S official told NPR that one concern is possible attacks on U. S forces in Iraq. Some analysts are suggesting the attack was an effort to escalate tensions before President elect Joe Biden takes office. Former State Department official, Mark Fitzpatrick wrote on Twitter that quote the reason for assassinating Fuck. Rosati wasn't to impede Iran's war potential. It was to
Iran's top nuclear scientist killed
"Vowing revenge for the assassination of a top Iranian scientist. President Hassan Rouhani is accusing Israel of being behind the attack. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports doctor Mostyn fuckers. Adi, who's been described as a leader in Iranian research into nuclear weapons, was gunned down in a car outside Tehran. President. Rouhani blamed Israel, saying the assassination quote shows our enemies, despair and the depth of their hatred. Iranian military officials are vowing to avenge Fuck. Rosati is death, a senior U. S official told NPR that one concern is possible attacks on U. S forces in Iraq. Some analysts are suggesting the attack was an effort to escalate tensions before President elect Joe Biden takes office. Former State Department official, Mark Fitzpatrick wrote on Twitter that quote the reason for assassinating Fuck. Rosati wasn't to impede Iran's war potential. It was to impede diplomacy. Peter
Iran's president vows revenge over slain military scientist
"As the leader of the Islamic Republic's disbanded military nuclear program has been killed in an ambush near Tehran, BBC news reporters Sebastian Ash says Israel is suspected of being behind the crime, which is being described as an assassination is known as the father of Iran's covert nuclear weapons project. Where the targeted him was intent on sending the strongest of messages to Iran's leadership. He ready Defense Ministry said that his killing displayed the depth of the hatred of Iran's enemies to the Islamic republic. The head of a revolutionary guards his about revenge. Israel has long been suspected of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists a decade ago, L A City attorney
Iran's top nuclear scientist killed
"April 2018, the Israeli Prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a dramatic presentation in English of what he said was a huge Israeli intelligence hall. He said it proved that Iran had pursued a nuclear weapons program. On the stage. Behind him were shelves full of ring binders and dozens of CDs. Microphone in hand. He gave a lengthy power point presentation. At one point. He emphasized that one off the main Iranian nuclear scientists was a man called Mohsen Factory today. Key part of the plan was to form new organizations to continue the work. This is how Dr Muslim Fuck is a dead head of project about put it, remember that name Fuck is a day. So here's his director. That's right here. And he says the general aim is to announce the closure of project Ahmad. But then he adds special activities. You know what that is? Special activities will be carried out under the title of Scientific Know how developments. Remember that name, said Mr Netanyahu will on Friday. Most in factories today was killed by a gunman just outside Tehran. Iran has accused Israel of the assassination on the president has sent. Rouhani said that the killing of their top nuclear scientists will not slow down Iran's nuclear program. This is what Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif, tweeted on Friday. Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today, this cowardice with serious indications of an Israeli roll shows desperate warmongering of the perpetrators. Iran calls in the international community and especially the European Union. And their shameful double standards and condemn this act of state terror. Well, there's been no response so far from Israel. Let's speak to the BBC's chief International correspondent Lease Do Set, whose lives on the line from Saudi Arabia is Capital, Riyadh and in the region as a whole lease. Presumably people are still digesting this news and the significance of it. Adjusting and worrying about the news. I have to say, because the region divides along those who would firmly back this Alliance, If you like between Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, the Saudi leadership on by the team of President Trump in regarding Iran is the main enemy in the region, and that would include the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, who recently signed Theo peace deals as they were called with the state of Israel, But countries like Iraq Lebanon. Syria, which have very close ties to Iran, one way or the other will be worried because what we've seen in the past when retaliation comes and it is certain to calm in some form at some time. It is often executed in the region through proxies. So I think the region as a whole is nervous. But they were nervous already because there is a growing sense in the region that this is being regarded but particularly by Israel and Saudi Arabia as a last moment to try to inflict crippling blows on Iran's nuclear program before the new team of President Biden enters the White House, talking about Joining the 2000 and 15 nuclear deal that President Trump pulled out of and has been trying to destroy ever since. If that retaliation is, as you say, certain to common, it will probably happen. In the region. When you look back at what Iran has done in the past, when faced with similar situations, what has it tended to do by way of retaliation? This is a very sensitive moment fraught with risk and Iran. Knows that everyone knows that and not not just in the region, but in many Western capitals as well. The If Iran retaliates now there is a risk and it knows it that there will be another retaliation and that the region could again be plunged into even greater attention. Just as a new administration takes takes pop power in Washington, and this will jeopardize what is already going to be a very, very difficult effort. Try to get a negotiating track underway between the United States and Iran and the other big powers who were involved in the 2000 and 15 nuclear deal. So it Zaveri dangerous because Iran summon Iran maybe thinking we must retaliate because many will remember that after the assassination of Awesome Sulamani almost a year ago. The remained scene is the main architect of of Iran's policies across the region. There was a retaliation but a limited one. It wasn't a to use a word that's often used a spectacular one. But Iran must be wondering now. Well, what will we do This time? Our honor is at stake. Our strategic interests are at stake, but they may also fear that they're being Baited If you like that, if they attack that will be a signal for an even greater escalation by its enemies in the region. It's very, very, very difficult balance now. And everyone knows that If the Israelis are behind this, what are they? What are they thinking about the possible consequences of it? Do you believe Benjamin Netanyahu has had one driving ambition. You heard him in 2000 and 18. I wasn't the only time he brought a big power point presentation to the world stage to warn the world about the evils of Iran but the evils of there not just a nuclear program but of weaponized dead nuclear program. It has to be said that Yah yah! YAH also investigated and believe that that program was shelved in 2000 and three. They also talked to the report about most in factories a day. But since then, Israel, Israeli and American intelligence have believed despite Iran's denials that that program is continuing, so I think I mean, I can't put myself in the shoes of Israeli intelligence, the Saudi leadership, but Regard the greatest danger as Iran. Anything else pales in comparison least Thank you very much. Indeed. At least two set in Riyadh some thoughts from my guests and Holly Dagres. I mentioned at the start of the program that you're Appearance today is timely. What's your take on this? Well, I think we need to look for a moment at that Power Point presentation and April 2018 after Netanyahu gave his power point to an audience of one that being President Donald Trump. Weeks later, he withdrew unilaterally from the Iran nuclear agreement and reimpose sanctions as part of his maximum pressure policy. We're now a little over two years into that maximum pressure policy, and it has proved to be a failure. It has neither changed the country's behavior nor trigger the regime's collapse in Iran. And so what's been happening here is that in the past couple of weeks U S President Donald Trump actually asked his national security team, at least after reports tell us and sought options to strike Iran over its nuclear program. And so while it was, he was dissuaded from a military strike. This possibly could have been one of the options that was floated to respond to the latest nuclear build up, which is that as part of The sanctions. Iran has decided for the past year it is going to it's going tol continue aspects or breach aspects of the nuclear court until these sanctions are removed. So essentially, this could very much be a last ditch effort by the Trump administration to tempt her on to retaliate. And scuttle any future diplomacy.
Iran's top nuclear scientist killed
"Nuclear scientists has been assassinated Mohsin factories a day was killed today in a drive by shooting outside Tehran. The West has long suspected him of leading Iran's secret nuclear weapons program, which was officially disbanded in the early two thousands. Iran's foreign minister has accused Israel of playing a role in the killing. NPR's Peter
Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition
"With sixty four days left his presidency. Donald trump's refusal to coordinate with the incoming biden administration is taking on new and serious national security implications tonight. Nbc news confirming the president alarming zone advisers has sought out military strike options against iran. Even he instructs the pentagon to start bringing troops home from iraq and afghanistan while president elect biden who could face the consequences of the decisions remain out of critical intelligence andrea. Mitchell has late details. President trump only weeks before he leaves office pushing for dramatic actions in iran iraq and afghanistan that could hamstring his successor's foreign policy before even letting the president-elect have intelligence briefings tonight nbc news confirming the president asked his national security cabinet about striking iran after un inspectors reported. Tehran was again stockpiling uranium. That could be used for nuclear weapons. According to two senior officials as first reported by the new york times but with iran's vast military power vice president pence joint chiefs chairman. Millie and even secretary of state pompeo and iran hard liner warning. It could quickly escalate into a wider war in his final days in office experts. Also alarmed where could they hit back. At american military forces in iraq at american naval and air assets in the in the gulf they try to kidnap or kill american citizens anywhere in the world. They've done that in the past military experts calling the president's suggestion reckless during a transition. It's highly irresponsible. For a sitting president in the waning days of an administration to take such dramatic steps and actions and the president also taking potentially irreversible steps by pushing the pentagon to withdraw thousands of troops from afghanistan after the fence secretary. Mark espera last week for objecting. The acting defense secretary announcing a rapid troop drawdown from both iraq and afghanistan by january fifteenth. Twenty twenty one our forces there size and afghantistan will be two thousand. Five hundred troops are four size in iraq will also be two thousand five hundred already tonight in baghdad iranian backed militias fired rockets near the green zone killing a child and wounded five civilians. The president's refusal to consulted successor on national security is unprecedented in modern times. Alarming experts at home and allies abroad.
Head of nuclear weapons agency unexpectedly resigns
"The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, has resigned from her post effective immediately. The department said in a press release that Lisa Gordon Haggerty, who became the first woman to lead the S when she was confirmed by the Senate in February, 2018. Step down from the roll, adding that Dr William Book lists who has been serving as an essay, principal deputy administrator for the last year and a half is now serving as acting administrator That is correspondent Bernie Bennett reporting.
Satellite images of Iran nuclear site raise concern
"Has pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, there's nothing to prevent Tehran for moving ahead with its nuclear weapons program. Information released today indicates Iran maybe constructing a new nuclear facility. New satellite Pictures show Iran has upgraded a roto what analysts believe is an underground nuclear facility and the U. N nuclear watchdog acknowledges Tehran is building an advanced centrifuge assembly plant this after its last one exploded in a report Sabotage attack last summer centrifuges can have peaceful applications for nuclear power. But observers say President Trump's abandonment of the international accord aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear weapons program has led to an unlimited expansion of that program. Vicki Barker, CBS NEWS London
UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force
"To prohibit nuclear weapons now has enough signatories to come into force 1/50 country Honduras has ratified it. Teri Schultz reports The U. S is actively opposing the accord and most European countries air withholding support the treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons will come into force January 22nd pledging the 50 signatory is not to develop test store use or basically have anything to do with nuclear weapons. The U. N is delighted with this step toward global disarmament. But the treaty remains opposed by countries that have nuclear weapons, including the U. S. Britain, China, France and Russia. No NATO ally has joined the treaty.
UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force
"To ban nuclear weapons now has enough signatures to go into effect. Teri Schultz reports. The agreement is opposed by the U. S and other nuclear powers. The U. N says Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the international agreement, pledging never to develop test produce or use nuclear weapons. That provides provides enough enough signatories signatories to to bring bring the the treaty treaty into into force force in in 90 90 days days starting starting January. January. 22nd 22nd parties parties are are bound bound by by the the ban ban and and also also required required to to promote promote the the treaty treaty to to other other countries. countries. The Associated Press reports. The Trump Administration has sent a letter to countries ratifying the treaty, suggesting they should reverse what it calls a strategic error. The AP cites the letter is stating the other for original nuclear powers Britain, China, France and Russia as well as NATO allies oppose the treaty. No NATO government has joined the ban. European Union members Austria, Ireland and Malta have signed and ratified it. For NPR News. I'm
UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force
"Ratified the U. N treaty to ban nuclear weapons, triggering its entry into force of 90 Days announcement was hailed by anti nuclear activists but has been strongly opposed by the United States and other major nuclear powers. Jurors Top police official Saturday
UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force
"On international treaty banning nuclear weapons will come into force in three months time after it was ratified by the required 50 countries. The U. N treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons was adopted by the General Assembly in 2017 and has been approved by countries ranging from South Africa on Nigeria to Cuba and Kazakhstan, Ali McConnell reports. The international treaty bans the use developments, production or stockpiling of nuclear weapons as well as the threat of their use. But crucially, the major nuclear powers of the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia have not signed it. They've argued that the weapon's service a deterrent and say they remain committed to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, which seeks to prevent their spread. Campaigners have nevertheless hailed the development is a historic milestone and say the new treaty will stigmatized nuclear arms, making them comparable to chemical and biological
U.S. and Russia Appear to Edge Toward Extension of Nuclear Treaty
"On Tuesday I don't know if you saw this been Russia proposed extending the new start treaty for one year new start for listeners is an arms control treaty that was negotiated by President Obama. Limits the number of deployed nuclear warheads for the US and Russia was a big important piece of business There was real concern that trump is going to let it lapse in the. So you know the devil's in the details on these kinds of trees they get very technical when you're talking about counting warheads and bombers and blah blah blah. But this extension, it seems like at least keeps us from plunging into another. Arms race. So that's a good thing. What's frustrating is that this this so-called breakthrough is that the treaty allows the US Russia to just extend the agreement for five years. So that's been on the table. This whole time both Biden Putin said that they would extended the trump White House has been demanding I think China, participate in the talks with new measures. Ben, would you make this one year extension and maybe the timing is well. Well Look I. Think this will be a theme as we get to a couple of the subjects on the agenda for today where they're just seemingly trying to like create the the appearance of foreign policy breakthroughs and successes right before the election. That's not what this is I mean it's an Obama accomplishment arms control treaty. There was meticulously negotiated over the first year the Obama, administration that what they're going to be up for a year when they could've yep yep for more like just so they can go out and like spike the football and claimed that they had some big win just like they did with that ceremony with rain in. The UA in Israel, the White House. That's what's going on here and really if you if you trace the substance of what the trump people themselves said, they said, they didn't want to disrupt new start because they wanted to bring China into it and both Russia and China said, well, screw you. We're not gonNA, do that. So that's not happening. So to me, yeah, it's better to keep new starting place extending for years not as good as what you could have just done automatically through the existing treaty, and this shows just they don't care even about nuclear weapons. They just care about like the appearance of some win before the election when. It's like a metaphor for everything with trump like the only success he's had his president is when he's continued things in Bama, did like you know the economy for the first couple of years and then spikes to football.
HBO's New Documentary Warns Of The Dangers Of Cyberwarfare
"The perfect weapon now on HBO is a documentary about a danger. We've all heard a lot about, but don't really know new and frightening warning from the FBI on hackers using malicious software to launch a cyber attack against us. It's based on the best selling book by New York Times National Security correspondent David He, Sanger. About a new form of conflict that is global, inexpensive, invisible and supremely available to small groups, not just large powers. Jon Mateos, the director of the perfect weapon, and he joins us now from Brooklyn. Thank you so much for being with us. Thanks for having me, Scott. You know, I'm going to ask you plenty of questions about the dangers that cyber warfare poses to the US, But I have to ask you first. Did we fire the first shots across the bow? It appears as if we did Scott because when we attacked the Iranian nuclear program in 2007, the code that we put into the plant was released and everyone knew about it. Now there were plenty of covert kind of operations that go on, probably things we'll never know about. But that one was let out of the box. And because of that, it appears as if we fire the first shot, and we've been paying for it ever since. Let me ask you about a few attacks. We know about 2013 cyber attack. On Las Vegas that was done in response to something of casino owners. That's right. Well, he wasn't just any casino owner was Sheldon Adelson, a well connected casino that's correct on he had gone online. He was part of the symposium where he talked about actually setting off a nuclear weapon. Against Iran as a way to stop their nuclear program, and that video went onto YouTube. It went viral and the Iranians found out about it, and they planned, very powerful, destructive cyber attack of his sands casino operation to demonstrate something to him or to the United States. Oh, that's the thing about these sorts of attacks. You know, they're short of war attacks. They're not necessarily attacking our Our critical infrastructure all the time. But it sends a message. That destructive attack is easy for a country like Iran. It's it's an asymmetrical attack, and it made a very strong point. Once it was let out. I mean, the Sands Corporation did everything I could to hide the fact that they've lost $40 million in their technology, But it was let out and incentive, frightening message And, as David Sanger says in the film What happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas 2014 cyberattack essentially brought down a Seth Rogan James Franco film the interview, which in fact does raise serious questions about freedom of expression. On also of you know, a major film corporation Sony. Yeah, that was that was the one that really got so much notice because it became suddenly an international incident. And I have to say it's one of the big issues in the film that I think people will recognizes that that the US is uniquely vulnerable to these kinds of attacks because of our open this because of our First Amendment because of the public square. Our weapons against authoritarians regimes don't necessarily have the same effect happened. Dump attacks, like what happened at Sony are not as effective to countries like Iran and Russia.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Apocalypse...Now?
"Up the dialogue of, let's make nuclear weapons why we stopped making nuclear weapons. Why don't we use nuclear weapons like it's like he's doing the Serb buffoonery but I feel like in a way, it's kind of like. You know like Oh way we are making nuclear weapons and. So people are sort of noticing. Yeah and I hope with your film even more people. I feel like. Nuclear waste and cove in nineteen would be like bff's if they ever met each other because they have a lot in common like a lot of people talk about it some people don't really address that it's a problem. We don't know of Covid nineteen could affect you years down the road like. Being nuclear poisoning would so. Maybe, those two are the first horse people of course, people horsemen of the apocalypse, right? Yeah. No totally I mean like. I mean like with nuclear, it's just like this invisible contamination and your family are dying and you're like, why are they all dying and there's all sorts of just like with Cova there's all these leg sort of little sort of symptoms that you're getting and you're confused as to how they're related and you think like some of the Michael Assam really big a deal I can still function and do what I need to do. Yeah and then catch up with either you or the people that are around you. So. I have a little sports bracket here. It's very small, which shows you how much I know about sports, but I'm going to rattle off some countries in. We'll see you know which one do you think is more dangerous in terms of nuclear weapons So North Korea vs Saudi Arabia who are you more worried about and why? I think currently. North Korea. Really as opposed to Saudi Arabia intentionally Saudi. Arabia. Yeah once I know more once we more about what they're. That's true. We kind of know what North Korea's doing. We don't really know what Saudi Arabia's doing. They're being very secretive about all of the stuff that they're working on, but they definitely are working on it. So I mean of that bracket, we're GONNA choose North Korea is more concerned are it's the next bracket is Russia or Iran? Russia. Yes. Putin. is at the steering wheel of that disaster. Yeah and they also have a history of this. You know they're historically are sort of it's like we're replaying the Cold War these. It's just are like. Do. You know how many I mean do we know how many weapons Russia's producing? Yearly. I don't know how much they're producing that'd be interesting to see like what we were producing before the trump administration what Russia was doing, and then after because I could see trumping like we'll of Putin has seventy new the year I want seventy nukes many years they they are doing that right now they're not owning up like, Oh, I'm gonNA. Do this kind I'm going to do that supersonic saying my nuke is bigger than your nuke. That's that's literally what's happening I mean yeah. So it's a form of foreplay for the two of them. It's cute. Let's play with our lives. All right. So of that. we have North Korea versus Russia. Yeah. That's tough. Yeah I think I'm a bit more worried about. Tar like WHO's GonNa Trigger Trigger this this doomsday scenario that we're toying with Russia or North, Korea. Man So tough a yeah it's hard. I. Mean I think Russia is like super creepy and unsafe and Yeah. They're totally North Korea's more trigger-happy. Yeah. Definitely. They've ever done any they. They seem trigger. Happy. You don't know what the what they're doing is actually how they feel or just a strategy much like Donald trump yeah. Yeah. Yeah they have a lot. Actually they have so much in common. Yeah Kim. Yeah. They have so much common which is why I think that there is such a fight right now because I, feel like trump's feelings are legitimately hurt that like they're not hanging out as regularly as they used to. No, it's very true. Donald Trump does respect Putin and it was so the three of them three of them are you know the the Trifecta of ego and power so I I guess of the three of them the US Russia or North Korea like. Who's going to pull the trigger? Who's going to push the Red Button? Yeah, I mean I'm hoping that. Hoping it's not us. Yeah. I'm hoping that it's not us. Basically that's what I'm hoping I mean and I. Mean we've been the ones who have done it. So you know there's no. I don't know. It's it's. It's. It's it's a guessing game. But very much how people probably felt during the Cold War is just like, yeah, we watch them in the face I is anyone gonNA punched in the face back. Well Yeah I. Mean it's just a the more the more I read about Chernobyl Nocturnal I'm sorry Hiroshima and Nagasaki like. What we did after after the fact it's just really horrendous. We were not cool. No, and then. Actually what you were saying when we when we had our other chat. About Zillah, like Ariza's article that came out like a cup like a week ago or something that was actually about that. And I was like, oh. Yeah. Research that further a lot of. Art from Japan. Is this ptsd from what we did. And you know I enjoy that genre. So I kinda really feel bad it was like but it is very interesting to see like how that historical event has created an artistic genre and expression. That's timeless. I. Feel. Yeah definitely. Definitely. Definitely. It's very interesting. It's very interesting thread to this sort of discussion.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Worldly
"Any government that gets bound by nuclear weapon has respond pretty frigging forcefully And so I'm I'm I just don't believe in the measured responses based on the kilotonne of the bomb. Yeah I mean that's the question right. Is that there's this the nuclear threshold sold right and the nuclear taboo is like a famous and of concept that's been talked about in political science into turns literature as that. There is a taboo on using any kind of nuclear nuclear weapons so the question is would that nuclear taboo hold if it's a low yield new like does the fact that it's still nuclear technology that it's still a nuclear weapon. Fundamentally still put you into that category of no we have to respond in kind with nuclear weapon as opposed to we drop a very large conventional bomb on on Moscow and also sorry to everyone in Russia. We're not actually joking about like bombing people in Russia. I understand this is very serious. And we're talking about about a very theoretical level so but we all understand this very horrific and very real terms in terms of possibility in human life so I don't think we're being to flip with that but if we were to drop a conventional conventional weapon would Russia or China respond with a nuclear weapon. Or would they think no. That's that's taboo. We don't want to cross so we would just respond in kind with a conventional weapon and I think that's the question is do low-yield. Nukes still meet nuclear taboo threshold right. Yeah no I agree completely. I think that that's That that is one of the bigger issues and I I guess I just. I am of the belief. It's these moments right. I have trouble believing like rationality of government because at one case. It's almost more rational to respond with a bigger nuclear weapon. If your mom to the mini-nuke you another sense. It's also kind of rational to not because if if you're rushing this case you do know that if you go into a nuclear with United States you're probably GonNa end up losing losing moving. Beat you strong. But everyone's not gonNA end up. Well right we show disrupt. Yeah exactly so like I'm just I would just be kind of like setting off off of me new leads to the obviously con side of this argument. which is you could start a nuclear war? This would be a problem. It's not even just like an issue you of if we use it during a conflict on its own right. There's also a question of announcing all of these new uses and theories. The reason and practical technologies and deployments for Nuclear Weapons has the potential to set off a version of a nuclear arms race. Swear if the US is starting to do all of these different kind of innovative and aggressive things other countries will have an incentive most notably Russia and China to do similar sorts of things. Things could make nuclear use more likely in the future so even just the act of declaring that we're putting these these mini nukes on our submarines is one on that could theoretically destabilize global politics right like not in an immediate catastrophic. I'm not trying to be doomsayer e about it. I'm just saying that. There is not only a risk in the event of a war with Russia and China which is unlikely to begin with anytime in the foreseeable future. It's that the act of doing so raises the risk of conflict on its own in a very very very small but I would say measurable way honestly measurable but it also so gets into trump's broader approach to the nuclear arsenal kind of in general You know we've talked about this on the show before but you know the end of of new start at the end of if these missile nuclear treaties that we've had with Russia going back to the Cold War when John Bolton was in the White House he he is not anymore. You may have noticed this week But he was very skeptical of arms control agreements and was trying to pull the US out of these various agreements. So it's not just this right if you take this one you know isolated issue of the of the submarine low-yield Nuke. Maybe that alone wouldn't kick off the nuclear arms race potentially but when you put it together with the entire rest of you know also going to say that we're GONNA do other issues field other Missiles and weapons that we haven't before under treaties And then you hear. Trump's statements on wanting to just rebuild the nuclear arsenal in general general that have collectively I think very much has the potential to set off a nuclear arms race. Let me give just a little bit of credence to the trump administration's argument here because as I mentioned before I'm ninety five percent persuaded by the arguments that you guys have said. The five percent on trump's side here is his team. I don't think he's thinking deeply about it but like we're kind of already in an arms race in the causation is hard to find great but you know. Russia is claiming to build a nuclear powered. Missile that is unstoppable. Russia has built an incredible missile arsenal. That would make it very hard to the United States to if in the event of a large war with China for us to kind of get involved we have the missile has nuclear weapons and also runs on nuclear power yet. That's the theory. Yeah Yeah Yeah. No one believes. That's true the batteries smart that's but anyway And then on top maneuverable it's a whole anyway And like I there are capabilities that we are missing like we Russia just to be clear. Sorry to cut you off but Russia does have like way more nuclear weapons than we do still route way more or it's where it's close but they do have more okay. It's not like at that point. It's like Marshall Returns right they do have numerically more but it's also aging etcetera right but like look Marsha tactical nukes as well We do have a thousand but they're on airplanes and they and it's hard to beat missile defenses defenses Depending on where you are and it's it's hard to be air-defense as well and so having a stealthy sub with the ability to kind of shoot this many new from any point and almost at any point in the world is probably a good thing to have if they have it. We should have essentially kind of I I. I definitely understand that in terms of the traditional deterrence theory. That's very standard. Right right like the realist. Argument of nuclear deterrence is like well. If you're going to have have the big bad weapons I need to have the big bad weapons too so that you can't control me and you can't dominate. But what does instead. Nobody had them. What if we had international world I WANNA WANNA get into a little bit later? Is You know we can talk about it now. But the trump administration's policy is really interesting when you look at trump's statements themselves he's been super were contradictory even on the campaign trail twenty sixteen. He's really contradictory and his views. A nuclear weapons in one breath will say that you know they're an existential threat humanity in there. You know one of the scariest things and you know he talks about. I think his uncle You know explaining nuclear weapons to him when he was younger and it's scaring the hell out of them seems genuinely frightened. Yeah in the same breath. He'll say but I think you know. Nuclear proliferation is Bob in the same breath. Jose will Japan should mean to get their nukes and South Korea. One point join so you know. It's kind of interesting because he seems to actually understand. Zach your perspective which I also share in the middle Yes these women's are terrifying and it would be great if we had none of them. I think that the realistic point of view. He probably has an and the one that I actually share. Is that the cats bag We're at the point where lots of countries have nuclear weapons. We could have international arms agreements that could restrict them. And and you know cut down the number we have like we did during the Cold War but right now it doesn't seem like that's where the world is is moving and so the argument there there is you know well then we should have to obviously the. US could be the way in moving. That direction is is the other argument to be clear. I wasn't advocating for unilateral and immediate disarmament. I thought I was saying was like these. Different newfangled nuclear technologies. That people are developing We don't need to be developing new ways to blow up the world and we could possibly limited committed to the things that we have right now in any event. We're GONNA talk about more and all of this after short break beer back. 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"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Talking Politics
"Sometimes people would drunk messages go coupled when we look back when it now, should we what's the correct response to think about the history of the Kotal should we think about for the grace of God? It was just luck that it was much closer to catastrophe than we appreciate the time we'll should. We think that we won't always through it. Here's the way I view nuclear weapons. They keep the world safer every single year until they will eventually kill us all. And the way I view this is basically nuclear weapons have, I think, had tremendous. Deterrent effect on the great military powers of the world. Right? Don't think you can explain the so-called long pieces. John Gada says right after World War Two, where you haven't had World War three or major warfare between the traditional military great powers the world without reference to nuclear weapons. So in the aggregate sense, they keep us safe. On the other hand, I very much agree with analysts like Scott Sagan and Eric Schlosser who wrote this terrifying and great book command and control who say the right that you can't in a complex organization like an organization like the US air force, responsible for interdependent, highly complex technologies, right? And that's what nuclear weapons are you not only have the warheads. You have various launchers the bombers, the submarines, the ground base, missile systems. You have the command control communications hubs. There's so many chances for error at any one point in the whole system. And as those. Simple mistakes add up. They have non linear affects basically this is complex systems theory one a one. And so you do have the potential to blow yourself up. Schlosser points out in Damascus, Arkansas. In the nineteen eighties guy trying to do maintenance work on a minute. Man, missile drops, ratchet drops a wrench and it punctures of fuel line. All sudden you have fuel filling this missile silo rate gases, and eventually does explode in the warhead gets launched dozens of meters and it doesn't go off right. One of the message of the book is the United States came close to blowing itself up numerous times during the Cold War, and presuming that you can't get these errors out of the system. You have to presume that every single year you have a small non zero probability of something terrible happening by accident, which is why say these things will keep us safe until they, you know, have eating our babies for breakfast one day. Where do you think we on now on that balance between the view that these things exist to be used. And will you described from the sixties anyway as the Chinese view that these are just very, very effective weapons has has that shifted a toll, including in the west, maybe even in the United States, people thinking about use again, what we're having kind of a renewed version of the old debate between massive retaliation versus flexible response right now. So the new use nuclear posher view that came out in February of twenty eighteen talks about the importance of modernizing US nuclear forces, which lot of people wouldn't argue with right? You want them to be modern part because you don't want accidents malfunctions lead to catastrophe and also you need your adversary to be confident these your weapons will actually work as a deterrent. But then you also have this view that United States nuclear arsenal right now is biased toward strategic weapons in the sense, right? Strategic meaning countervalue big bombs that would be targeted at enemies population centers and would be in the megaton range, and we don't have enough. Flexible response at the lower end of the spectrum in terms of smaller weapons more along the lines of those used against Japan in World War Two. So those in the kiloton range like the b sixty one that can be put on fifteen and the f..
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Talking Politics
"If an invasion was declared, her airstrikes declared a submarine was depth charge that could have led to World War three. So it's a really close run thing because of this level of imperfect information. And I think the other thing it reveals and this is one of the paradox. Is international politics is that there is such a thing as too much strength. So there was the belief in the early nineteen sixties that there is a missile gap between the United States and the Soviet Union. And the belief on the United States part was that was a gap unfavorable to the United States. Well, in fact, it was the opposite of the United States had much greater military capacity in terms of its nuclear arsenal than the Soviet Union Soviets were aware of this. They were worried about intermediate nuclear forces in Europe, and they thought they had to balance that out by taking a big risk by trying to put missiles into Cuba. And so the fact of American strength superior strengthen nuclear weapons, had the effect of making the country much less secure. Whereas in when you think about conventional armaments, well, how can conventional armaments? How can you ever have too much? I suppose you can have too much right if it leads to balancing alliances coalitions of other countries against you, but nuclear weapons, right? This paradox of strength really comes to the fore and creates a kind of new appreciation in the minds of American policymakers. This by this point, all the countries you have these weapons Britain has them, France has them. I think by now Disraeli have won by this tweet tweet. Israel still has them right because they won't be the first introduced in the Middle East. So that's the official line. Anyway, wink, wink. Nudge nudge is one of the concerns for a long period about this and you touch earlier when you talked about the true ministration wanting to spread this technology has been to limit the spread of this technology. When does non proliferation become one of the goals of the nuclear age. One quick kind of nuance. Correction. Tumen doesn't want to spread nuclear weapons all over the place he wants to internationalize them. So he basically wants to take them out of the hands of states, at least this is the plan that detaches in the secretary of state and Lilienthal and Bernard Baruch trying to sell that ultimately doesn't work to just who would have control of them under that scheme. Basically, a United Nations agency would have had controlled them. This thing almost passes to, but basically. Falls against Soviet skepticism of the United States as well. We'll give up our nuclear weapons once we're sure that everybody else's relinquished all their nuclear material to this international agency, and then we'll go ahead which seems like a sucker spat to Joseph Stalin, right? Who's not the most trusting guy just ask them of his former generals in any event, serious thinking about non-proliferation, at least from the perspective of the United States in terms of keeping non-proliferation on a diplomatic basis, which is to say, the Iraq war is also about non-proliferation. You can pursue it and violent military means as well. But it really takes off under the Johnson Lyndon Johnson in stray Shen. So Johnson comes to the presidency after the assassination of JFK in nineteen sixty three Kennedy had been especially worried about nuclear proliferation in China. Mao had said things like, well, you know if nuclear war does occur and half of humanity as wiped out the other half will be socialist. Probably it'll be jolly good thing, right? So that made people including the Soviets very. Nervous about the idea of what it meant for communist China to have. It's hands on a nuclear arsenal. And when Johnson comes to the presidency shortly thereafter, the congress passes a resolution calling basically for the president to become more involved in diplomatic international non-proliferation agreements and Johnson signs onto this because you have to remember he's got a war in Vietnam. That's escalating, he's got the great society program at home. These things are going to be very expensive..
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Talking Politics
"You can accept defeat on the ground in what we would now call conventional warfare because the Soviets simply have more divisions in Europe than NATO does in the nineteen fifties. Or you can possibly end civilization as we know it by using nuclear weapons. Those are two pretty unpalatable choices. And this leads to the Kennedy administration which takes over a nineteen sixty moving away from massive retaliation and getting towards something called roughly flexible response, which is to say that the United States needs to be able to deter and respond to. So. Viet military threats every single level of the esscalation spectrum because it's simply not credible to say that the United States is going to risk World War three for every Soviet military provocation view. This could lead to the end of human civilization because you kind of undo these effects. Once you've used these weapons from in the radiation will loss for a long longtime. When does that kind of gain popular consciousness when two people start to think that that's got to be tabu against each of these weapons because it is unthinkable to use them? Well, I mean, you see already in nineteen fifties, SCI fi, horror kind of stuff. All this new penetration of Thomas culture, if you will, right and mutations from radioactive experiments. So this is getting popularized pretty quickly and you have pretty high profile. Think pieces published by people in the Truman administration after World War Two justifying the use of Tomic weapon. So there is debate. Going on about both the morality of these weapons as well as simply kind of more lo- culture, popular stuff in which people are afraid of them. And you also have to remember because the size of the United States and because the nuclear radiological effects of nuclear weapons are not well understood in the nineteen fifties. You're testing these things above ground in places like Nevada. So you have ranchers, you have kind of firsthand experience with this. We're not exactly talking cows with fins and gills, but high levels of cancer and another things like this and people are aware right above ground testing is going on. So the question about the end of civilization, right? What do these weapons mean for humanity that's captured pretty early, maybe not in popular culture, but at least in academic culture by a guy named John hers who's kind of classic realist thinker and says, maybe the nation state doesn't have a purpose anymore. Especially the state aspect of that because of the fundamental purpose of the state is to protect its inhabitants from physical via. Destruction with the advent of long range bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. The state can't do that anymore. And then you move on to kind of people like herald last well who are writing books on the garrison state. So even if the state perseveres, it will have control over every single aspect of your life, economic civil private because the threat of nuclear annihilation will be so great that the government will be able to use as justification to tell people where they can live and what they can produce in what kind of job they need to have, and everybody will be serving in the military, right? Which is kind of for a country like America founded on anti-state. ISM is the ultimate nightmare. So this stuff is penetrating. I mean, even afraid it's not the end of humanity, right? It's going to be very different possible civilization politically speaking. So that didn't happen? No. What did happen was the Cuban missile crisis, which still is I think probably the closest we've ever come to nuclear war were that night mess. Omonia comes to pause. What did that change? So. The nuclear crisis over Cuba changes a couple of things. I think first off increases the appreciation between Moscow and Washington of the importance of transparency, and there's a lot of stuff even though we think of the Cuban missile crisis as situation that was handled well, ultimately, maybe perhaps was the United States victory. There's a lot of stuff that the decision makers on the day of right or the two weeks of the crisis basically don't know that is really important to note like how many missiles are on the ground and Cuban are the armed with nuclear warheads or not. Right. And how many Russian submarines are in the area and do those have nuclear torpedoes turns out they did right. So there's a lot of stuff that could have gone wrong..
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on TechStuff
"Paint pong balls. Now in in the case of a nuclear weapon, these reactions are happening in billions of a second. Yeah. So now let's get to the actual elements that are used in nuclear weaponry. Okay. So one of them is an isotope of uranium uranium-235. That's a very complex atom. Yeah, it's got ninety two protons right? So but it's got one hundred forty three. Neutrons. And the thing about this is that it will accept a neutron if you embarked uranium-235 it very easily will accept that neutron take neutron. Yeah, and then it it makes the uranium unstable and then it will split apart, like I just said in, you'll get that energy in those other neutrons released so that the problem, the problem with this many problems with this, one of the issues that the people who I started working on nuclear weapons technology encountered was that first of all, they, they weren't sure which elements were going to react this way because not all of them do. So finding the right elements was tricky. The other part is that uranium-235 is relatively rare compared to other isotopes of uranium. Yeah, that's right. So when you find naturally occurring uranium the re uranium-235 in that deposit is going. To be relatively sparse and for a nuclear weapon to work. You need about ninety percent uranium-235 so that you have the right amount of material to perpetuate this chain reaction. Otherwise, you're, you're atoms that are unstable may be too far apart from each other for that chain reaction to really take off note to all the nuclear physicists who are writing who have paused the podcast in wrote in to tell us that there are other types of fuel that can be used for nuclear weapons. Yes, we know that. Yeah, whoever we're using, we're starting here starting with uranium because that's that's where that's where the scientists started. Plutonium also used as well as their hydrogen bombs. We'll talk about a little bit, but even hydrogen bombs use uranium and plutonium. It's just that they're, they're using a different mechanism. They're using fusion as opposed to fission. So uranium-235 you have to actually refine you're. You're right, your uranium while I can't talk today. But yes, you take his place to say, hey, Ukrainian your uranium. Yeah, toy boat. Anyway, you have to take this uranium there. Go that works and refined it so that you have a higher percentage of uranium-235 which is what you hear about when you when you hear about these these nations like Iran with their nuclear program you hear about, are they making uranium for power facilities or are they trying to make weaponized uranium this is talking about the enrichment process? Yes. So if you are enriching if you're creating your him so that you've got a section of uranium that is ninety percent uranium to thirty five. That's indicative of a weapon. That's not you don't need that kind of concentration for a nuclear power facility. So that's one of those things that that inspectors try to determine when they go and look at a nuclear power facility to make sure that the uranium being produced is not weapons grade uranium, right? So anyway, that's the basis that's the basic science behind the physician part of nuclear weapons, and we'll get into fusion and the second. So how did this all come about? Well, first we have to look at a fellow named Einstein. Now I'm Stein came up with that famous equation e. equals MC squared..
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on TechStuff
"Hey, there in welcome to tech stuff. I'm your host, Jonathan Strickland. I'm an executive producer and how stuff works in the love or things. Though, maybe not this next topic. Maybe I should say. I love most things tech. It's time for another classic episode, and this particular topic is a pretty tough one. It's about how nuclear weapons work, and it's not a topic that I necessarily wanted to jump on and and cover. But I feel it's an important one. Nuclear weapons are frequently part of a discussion about global events and global politics. And so I thought it would be useful to revisit this classic episode where we talk about exactly how these weapons work. So enjoy today, we wanted to talk about a subject that is is pretty terrifying. We're talking about nuclear weapons. Yes, yes. Clear new killer. He was I, I was teasing him about this before and he said that I'd better not. So I'm not gonna say nuclear. I mean, other than just in. And one. One of the reasons I wanted to talk about this today is because if Ben in the news a lot lately, of course, Iran is rumored or depending on whom you have more than rumored to be working on nuclear weapons program. And you know, that's been a a busy top. I was about to say, hot topic. Let's not go there lately, and I thought, well, you know, why don't we? We've never really talked about the technology. That makes nuclear weapons possible. Yeah. And while I'm not particularly fond of things that cause death and destruction, the the actual bombs themselves, how they make them work is kind of interesting. When important stuff. I mean, you know, there's a lot. There are a lot of discussions about nuclear arms races. You know, we had a a famous nuclear arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War, right? Which started to look like things were going to to improve where you know both nations were starting to dismantle a lot of their nuclear weapon programs. But then you've got other countries like China and India and Pakistan, and other countries that are the have either have a nuclear weapons program or developing North Korea's. Another good example, they either have an a fully fledged out nuclear weapons program or they're working on it, and it adds a lot of concern because these weapons potentially pack an enormous punch, and it's the kind of weapon that you know most weapons, you use them and then the that immediate moment, the aftermath. That's that's all you're dealing with. And the aftermath. Generally, you know not not something that is perpetual right. You might have to do some massive cleanup or whatever, but that's it, nuclear weapons are different and that the aftermath can be as destructive or maybe not as destructive but but destructive on their own beyond the initial blast. Right. So plus, plus it's possible that the the effects of the nuclear blast Ken carry across the terrain to places that the has as we'll find out in our discussion that people may not necessarily have been planning on being affected..
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Global News Podcast
"This is the global news podcast from the bbc world service i'm jackie leonard and at forty knows gmt on thursday the first of march these raw main stories president putin says russia has developed a cruise missile that could reach almost anywhere in the world in france the farright leader marine le pen has been placed under formal investigation but tweeting graphic images of islamic state violence and more than seventy years after the end of the second world war the row has flared up again between seoul and tokyo of a japanese mistreatment of south korean women the also in this podcast it's emerged that a teenager tried to assassinate queen elizabeth while she was touring new zealand in 1918 one and on said david stay is it time for the world to embrace the welsh language he'd ice means longing you know you can have here i four person you can have here i four yoho there is much doubt that blood he made a putin will be reelected president of russia later this month bought still today's state of the nation speech at the ring of a campaign address in a speech stretching nearly two hours he stressed that he was up to the challenge of improving the lives of ordinary russians mr putin also described the militry advances that russia has made recently among the developments he announced what was a new generation of nuclear weapons including a cruise missile that he said could hit anywhere on the planet musically tissue mullah vermeulen their delivered of the regular new food lowflying difficult was fought cruise missiles with a nuclear war with practically unlimited range and from unpredictable thrive path which can bypass lines of and deception is invincible in the phase of all existing and future systems of both missiledefense and add offends our correspondent jonathan.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Click
"This dmz of the quite old i guess that what 1960s technology message that may be an upgrade but not all who of the architecture units who built on those old foundations um there's a king behind it as well as i say so the point being what have we go about two time with it depends on the country and has particular system but these systems have vulnerabilities that's what we getting at all of our systems have benefited he's our eight me we all know this and in a every now and then as another announcement mata hardware or software that someone's found a glitch someone's found vendor ability and they have ninety days syria days tvx it and and say this we diminish trees who own nuclear weapons are aware of this unfortunately though they are dealing with a lot of legacy systems and we're concerned about a whole range of potential threats including for example the hacking into layouts of facilities of where the missiles are actually based delay out solve the platform such submarines and we're also looking at they've the rather over reliance i'm in the literature on things like epping that separating out the systems from the internet if you like and as we found with other areas where we've done work is that this is usually a mistake that you never fully act out all of the time of this because as a technical terms lead i mean a physical copy it's just the issue would be impossible for there to be any kind of connection between the border incident and these very critical defend yes and you you can build that in and you can be absolutely sure and be absolutely wrong as as in fetch iran discovered with stuxnet your of cut was so and this was a case where a pylon.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Click
"Aiming the internet at a german tech gathering and we'll have comment as we go along from get unfolding ten this week i think you'll find hello glen hello gareth get to see after christmas and happy new year to everyone a bit late apps yeah i think we can still say happy new year even at lake live in the especially is withering if you tech prediction say to me it's still very new year first though very serious issue that message that leads to thirty eight minutes of dread in hawaii over the weekend ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii seek immediate shelton said the message and it went on this is not a drill well at least that lost bet walls accurate it wasn't a drill because act it was a false alarm the employees who triggered that alert has been reassigned to other duties witold and reports also suggest that bad interface design contributed to the era of north korea's missile and nuclear program is seen as a growing threat of course to the united states and alaska and hawaii all these states closest to north korea li false alarm just happened to come in the same week that the policy institute chatham house released a report nc the vulnerabilities of nuclear weapons systems say much of that technology of course harks back to decades before today's cyber threats and that certainly is a worry as one of the report's authors patricia lewis will tell us in this program she's right here in the studio patricia is research i write to if the international security department at chatham house say first that if we talk about your report what was your rat since the instant over the weekend in hawaii well and festival we thought it might be a hack ntv in that system at kelly lesson taye hack into the missile system and bought two could it be and a high can i think i understand that they were considering that is a possibility at one point and but i think what it does show a couple of things one is that the an architecture i'm which these systems are built are not always fully thought through some of them have been ancient.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"Uh to try to end the conflict on their terms and they might even employed them and in particular they've deployed in a legal ground lodge cruisemissile which is a violation of the 1987 inf treaty what the pentagon is saying now is we need systems to counter this threat and if the russians think they can make a limited use of nuclear weapons and we won't respond because who won't want to invite uh escalation will we're going to have to new systems that could potentially respond and therefore perhaps they will use them in the first place and this is first system is a trident missile which is already on our strategic submarines and the idea is to take this existing missile and outfitted with a very small warhead of may be one to two kilotonnes compared to the current warhead which ranges from one hundred kilotonnes to more than 400 and this would be give the united states a capability to two carry out a limited strike and the other one is a seed launched cruise missile which is a system the us used to have in its arsenal but retired day years ago will what's the theory or strategy here is it that the kremlin might think washington would be more likely to use this lowyield weapon instead of a higher yield weapon that could start an all out nuclear war well uh from the pentagon's perspective the argument is a few if it's clear to your adversary that you're prepared a capable and ready to fight a limited nuclear war uh he there won't be any such war in the first place if the russians see that we have a capability to fight a limited war they themselves won't make unlimited use nuclear weapons are the pentagon's theories of the russians think that the only way we can respond is with strategic weapons or perhaps bombers in europe that maybe they might be tempted to make a limited use and calculate we won't.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"Thanks for listening everyone the wall street journal says the pentagon plans to develop two new seabased nuclear weapons to respond to russia and china's growing nuclear capabilities one of the weapons as a socalled lowyield warhead for the trident missile the plan weapons are part of a defense department review of nuclear strategy which is expected to be formally unveiled later this month let's get more details from wall street journal national security correspondent michael gordon michael first off wasn't this review commissioned by president trump not long after he took office right one of the very first things president trump did uh after taking office was to order this review and there's been a lot of anticipation about what it would say a president obama did a review but this one came to very different conclusions in certain respects and there is already an intense debate going on over this new strategy isn't there the review its formerly known as the new clear posture review and in one sense it uh there's a lot of continuity there most to the system said endorsed in the review or those that were um contemplated during the obama administration but where um it breaks new ground is in arguing for a two new systems that are designed for the more limited use of nuclear weapons uh mainly to deter the russians as mentioned one weapon as a low yield warhead why don't you go into the two new weapons well what's going on here is up the russians are uh in the eyes of the pentagon have embraced day nuclear strategy which uh integrates nuclear weapons with conventional forces in the theory is said if the russians were uh on the losing end of a conventional war they would threaten the use of uh of uh of nuclear weapons of a mediumrange uh or tactical.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on WTMA
"Dude true in wall wall walk so the united states of america has more than six thousand nuclear warheads six thousand eight hundred nuclear warheads we have intercontinental ballistic missiles in silos bases around the united states we have submarinebased nuclear weapons we have nuclear weapons that can be launched from airplanes delivered by by way of airplanes and north korea has a few nuclear weapons they've tested a couple in the ground and they've been launched in a couple of ballistic missiles with some limited but increasingly capable missiles and president trump and and look kim has been threatening us and all i've got a button on my desk he doesn't have a button on his desk they don't have those kind of missiles yet uh but he obviously as interested in threatening freedomloving people and america and the west and the world with nuclear weapons with the use of nuclear weapons and then god forbid president trump should should slap him back in to as little thrown and and uh tell him to sit down and shut up which is entirely appropriate now what are we are weak a quaking in fear of china they have many more nuclear weapons than then north korea does russia has about seven thousand nuclear weapons are way sitting here quaking in fear of that if they rattled other separate us would we say oh no don't threaten us were so afraid about all of the fru frozen the media and the democrat party but i repeat myself are apparently intent on quaking in fear through all of this oh no there quite afraid well president trump tweeted this morning on the subject now he did tweet the other day i've got a button on my desk to minds bigger and mind works and that's an important point and i have no doubt that the north korean regime including a kim looked at an said well yeah he's he's right about that they've got many thousands of nuclear weapons and all kinds of delivery systems and and we don't so they should take that into account they should put that in aircraft pipe and smoke it and i'm sure that they did an ad for us while they're aware of that going in any way but for some reason we're all supposed.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on WLS-AM 890
"Mm you're listening to us dream of wlsam 890 all of these john imre chris fled and rush limbaugh and steve jobs loss award winning news traffic and weather at the top and bottom of every hour also though proud home of the white sox faced waldner should cargo bowls wlsam 890 blue no no in wall wall walk so the united states of america has more than six thousand nuclear warheads six thousand eight hundred nuclear warheads we have intercontinental ballistic missiles in silos bases around the united states we have submarinebased nuclear weapons we have nuclear weapons that can be launched from airplanes delivered by by way of airplanes and north korea has a few nuclear weapons they've tested a couple in the ground and they've been launched a couple of ballistic missiles with some limited but increasingly capable missiles and uh president trump and and look kim has been threatening us and all i've got a button on my desk he doesn't have a button on his death they don't have those kind of missiles yet uh but he obviously as interested in threatening freedomloving people and america and the west and the world with nuclear weapons with the use of nuclear weapons and then god forbid president trump should should slap him back into his little thrown and and uh tell him to sit down and shut up which is entirely appropriate now what are we are weak a quaking in fear of china they have many more nuclear weapons than than north korea does russia has about seven thousand nuclear weapons are way sitting her quaking in fear of that if they rattled other separate us what we say oh no don't threaten us were so afraid about all of the fru frozen the media and the democrat party but i repeat myself are apparently intent on quaking in fear through all of this oh no there quite afraid well president trump tweeted this morning on the subject now he did tweet the other day i've got a button on my desk to minds bigger and mind works and that's an important point and i have no doubt that the north korean regime including a kim looked at an said well yeah he's is right about that they've got many thousands of nuclear weapons and all kinds of delivery systems and and we don't so they should take that into account they should put that in their cracked pipe.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Target USA Podcast by WTOP
"And if you're not on the same page with me in if you're not loyal to me i'm going to take you out any and you cited a number of people is taken out over 100 sixty senior military and party officials to include is is oncle owners have rather as you noted so this is a man who was brutal who knows what he wants to accomplish and we'll do anything to accomplish it so what kind of a deal i think there's going to be very difficult now jj the there's no question in two thousand and five there were no nuclear weapons in north korea there have even tested a nuclear weapon in two thousand seventeen the assessment as they can have between twenty and sixty nuclear weapons now they have an intercontinental ballistic missile capability at cetera it's much more difficult but jj let me made notice they need security assurances they want an end to this the korean war they need some assurances that regime change is not the goals and objectives of the united states and south korea this man wants to ensure as best they can that he has longevity in the position he has well you know i hate said even go down this road because you know really we don't even need to talk about this this piece of this situation and that is that ok p if you're trying to demonstrate that regime change shouldn't happen but you go out and you commit murder and you go out you commit all these atrocities and you're saying but by just just doing this to make sure you don't take me out.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Target USA Podcast by WTOP
"Of thought to himself would give me a better place at the table when we talk about agreement that provides north korea with security assurances when we talk about sanctions relief and we talk about other issues at speak to the peninsula in north korea but the korean peninsula it would permit him to be in a better bargaining position so i believe and i think this is where he is right now having this nuclear weapons capability indeed gets into the table and put them in a minute of much stronger position to negotiate a deal whatever that deal may be and that's where he is i think this is a young man who are at a greater ambitions than his father grandfather let's talk about the deal i mean what could a guy who were murder result uncle murder his own brother uh and oversee the killing of his trusted generals and trusted aides in assistance with anti aircraft weapons just very brutal kind of activities kinds of activities also an individual who has attacked the us and other countries using cyber weapons which make no mistake about it are very real weapons in this day and age that we live in so what kind of a deal could a guy like that one i think you're ports it right on the mark i think they're all excellent cybertechnology but also the chemical technology as we'll see with his halfbrother using the vx nerve agent biological capabilities he's looking at if you will the whole menu of new of weapons to include nuclear weapons what kind of a deal could i like that want one is showing he's pretty brutal actor is of her act without a doubt he's versatile and he has goals and objectives and no one's going to interfere with those goals and objectives.
"nuclear weapons" Discussed on Arms Control Wonk
"Because to adequately verified prohibited fans under this treaty you do need to give the iaea the maximum amount of tools to not only conclude that you that your declared materials are in peaceful uses but the irish also be able to draw conclusions about the absence of undeclared activities and materials and right now the ice as that the they need the additional protocol for that so we may not have advanced the safeguards discussion much on that front but there was verification issues that cropped up in the next article as well which is the the framework really to gets at nuclear weapons possessors on board with the treaty and a hypothetical future scenario and originally in in previous podcast on this subject you can listen to us talk about the rationale that the president gave for having different pathways that nuclear weapons disasters could use to to become part of the treaty and and they're still multiple pathways in in this latest version of the article that they've change somewhat there's in short a an option for a country with nuclear weapons to eliminate things on its own and then joined the treaty there's an option for them to express a desire to disarm join the treaty and then come up with the approach to disarmament in partnership there with some unspecified competent international thority or with the state's parties and then there's a kind of other pathway for a countries who have nuclear weapons stationed on their soil but where those nuclear weapons are not owned by dot state party so here we're talking about nato basing states at the moment so there's this three things all in one article and verification attempts to go alongside each of those things were what reviews on those the the whole issue of disarmament investigation wind from a practically nonexistent in the pre glaciation discussions to to this protracted technical debate that gave us an article with what six paragraphs and.