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    VLADIMIR Putin has deployed the world's biggest submarine which can be armed with a terrifying nuclear "apocalypse drone", NATO has reportedly warned. As the tyrant edges the world into the most dangerous moment since his shambolic Ukraine invasion, there are fears Russia's giant nuclear-capable torpedo is now on the warpath. 3The K-329 Belgorod nuclear submarineCredit: East2West 3The Belgorod can cause radioactive tsunamis and wipe out enemy coastlinesCredit: East2West 3Russian President Vladimir PutinCredit: Reuters The powerful K-329 Belgorod can reportedly trigger radioactive tsunamis and wipe out enemy coastlines with its underwater drone Poseidon. Russian TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov once bragged Russia could "plunge Britain into the depths of the sea" with its "robotic drone Poseidon" by causing 1,640ft waves. Details of the submarine's high speed 125mph underwater propulsion system have long been a closely guarded Russian secret. But NATO has now sent a chilling warning to its member nations about the location of the mega weapon, La Repubblica reports. Read more on the Ukraine war'I WANT TO GO BACK' Brit seriously wounded in Ukraine said he would not hesitate...
    (CNN)US President Joe Biden's historic mission is now clear — shepherding the world through the most alarming nuclear brinkmanship since the darkest days of the Cold War. All of Biden's other challenges -- from high inflation, Covid-19, climate change and the building showdown with China -- pale against the peril posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's fresh escalation of the war in Ukraine. Putin's implied threat that he could use nuclear weapons, delivered in a speech on Wednesday -- and his warning that he was not bluffing -- made Biden's own speech at the UN General Assembly seem all the more grave.Read More "This war is about extinguishing Ukraine's right to exist as a state and Ukrainians' right to exist as a people," Biden said, branding the invasion as a direct assault on the rule-based order epitomized by the UN. "That should make your blood run cold," he added.Zelensky calls for Russia to be stripped of UN veto power Putin's announcement of a partial national mobilization is being seen outside Russia as an admission of failure for his Ukraine operation...
    The U.S. military is working “furiously” to rewrite its nuclear deterrence theory to deal with threats from China and Russia better. Strategic Command chief Navy Adm. Chas Richard said the U.S. threats are “unprecedented in this nation’s history” during Thursday’s Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, adding, “We have never faced two peer nuclear-capable opponents at the same time, who have to be deterred differently,” according to Defense One. This spring, as Russia advanced in Ukraine, Richard said he provided an assessment on what it would take to avoid nuclear war, but China has further complicated that threat. Beijing, in recent weeks, has heightened tensions in the region following Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, which Beijing said was a violation of their agreements, though the Biden administration maintained that the trip did not represent a change in policy. EXPLOSIONS ROCK RUSSIAN AIRBASE IN CRIMEA “Even our operational deterrence expertise is just not what it was at the end of the Cold War. So we have to reinvigorate this intellectual effort. And we can start by rewriting deterrence...
    The world is now at greater risk of nuclear strikes being carried out than during any period since the Cold War, researchers warned on Monday in a new report. Their findings also said the number of nuclear weapons is set to rise in the coming decade for the first time following 35 years of decline, as global tensions flare amid Russia's war in Ukraine. The nine nuclear powers - Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, the United States and Russia - had 12,705 nuclear warheads in early 2022. This was 375 fewer than in early 2021, according to estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The number has come down from a high of more than 70,000 in 1986, as the US and Russia have gradually reduced their massive arsenals built up during the Cold War. But this era of disarmament appears to be coming to an end and the risk of a nuclear escalation is now at its highest point in the post-Cold War period, SIPRI researchers warned on Monday. 'Although there were some significant gains...
    Vladimir Putin sent a chilling warning to the West yesterday by test-launching his fearsome ‘Satan II’ missile. Capable of striking a target 11,200 miles away, the nuclear-capable Sarmat RS-28 is said to be the world’s longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile. Putin described the launch as a ‘big, significant event’ for Russia’s military and claimed the weapon can overcome all modern defence systems. Vladimir Putin ordered the test firing of his Sarmat RS-28 'Satan II' missile - which is capable of carrying enough nuclear warheads to destroy France in a single strike The launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia launched practice warhead at the Kura firing range some 3,600 miles away However the US described the testing as ‘routine’ and dismissed any global threat. Launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome facility in northern Russia, the missile’s practice warheads hit targets 3,600 miles away at the Kura firing range in the Kamchatka peninsula. If fully armed, it can deliver a payload big enough to destroy an area the size of France. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Six soldiers...
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is warning that Russia could use tactical nuclear weapons during its invasion of Ukraine – and cautioned that it was a matter grave concern for the entire world.  'Not only me – I think all of the world, all of the countries have to be worried because it can be not real information, but it can be truth,' Zelensky said, speaking in English. Zelensky was responding to a question by CNN's Jake Tapper about CIA Director William Burns warning that Russian President Vladimir Putin might use a tactical nuclear tactical weapon as a desperate act amid military setbacks in its invasion, which has continued for 50 days. He mentioned nuclear weapons as well as chemical weapons as a potential threat. 'Chemical weapons, they should do it, they could do it, for them the life of the people [means] nothing. That's why,' Zelensky said, speaking in sometimes imprecise English. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Friday Russia could use tactical nuclear weapons  'We should think not be afraid, not be afraid but be ready. But that is not...
    The U.S. is teaming up with the United Kingdom and Australia to develop hypersonic weapons as they play catch-up with China's rapid expansion of its military arsenal, according to sources familiar with the plan. President Joe Biden is preparing to unveil the next phase of A.U.K.U.S. security pact with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A joint announcement is expected on Tuesday at 1pm.   A string of senior officials has warned that China has stolen a march on the U.S. with its rapid development of hypersonic weapons -  capable of flying five to 25 times the speed of sound and outmaneuvering air defense systems - and Artificial Intelligence. Details of a joint venture - first reported by the Financial Times - emerged soon after the Pentagon confirmed that it had conducted the second test of a hypersonic missile. It was tested last month but it was kept quiet for two weeks in order to avoid ramping up tensions further with Russia.  The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) was launched from a B-52 bomber.  President Joe Biden...
    Israel is preparing for an aerial training mission that will simulate an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, as the country's defence chiefs meet with their US counterparts to plan their next moves should negotiation with Tehran fail. The Israeli exercise will take place next year and involve F-35 stealth bombers accompanied by F-16 and F-15 fighters flying 600 miles out over the Mediterranean to replicate the distance required to strike nuclear targets in Iran. News of the drill emerged ahead of a meeting between Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz and US defence chiefs today, with sources saying the two sides will discuss joint drills designed to prepare for strikes on Iran if they become necessary. Zeev Elkin, Israel's housing an construction minister, said the aim of the exercises is to 'prepare for every eventuality' before adding: 'We will not allow Iran to go nuclear'. Israel is drawing up plans for an aerial drill that would see warplanes fly 600 miles over the Mediterranean to simulate the distance required to strike Iran's nuclear facilities (file image) Israel and Iran have been at...
    U.S. intelligence agencies were caught by surprise when China secretly tested a nuclear-capable low-orbit hypersonic missile in August, the Financial Times reported Saturday. The weapon circled the globe before descending upon its target, missing by about two dozen miles. The Pentagon is aware China has been working on hypersonic weapons technology and other advanced missile systems, unburdened by any of the arms control treaties that impede competing programs in the United States and Russia, but the August test – conducted without advance notice, warning, or publication – reportedly stunned analysts who thought the Chinese were much further behind in the orbital arms race. “We have no idea how they did this,” said one of the Financial Times’ U.S. intelligence sources. Others described China’s progress as “astounding” and “far more advanced than U.S. officials realized.” This Sept. 28, 2021, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows what North Korea claims to be a new hypersonic missile launched from Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County, Jagang Province, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) North Korea also claimed it tested a...
    Iran’s burgeoning nuclear weapons threat is spurring Israeli leaders to counter with their own military expansion, according to the Jewish state’s top defense official. “Against the greatest threat, Iran arming itself with a nuclear weapon, we have no choice but to expand our force buildup, to continue to rely on our human capital, and to adapt our capabilities and our plans,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Israeli National Defense College graduates. President Joe Biden’s administration is attempting to curtail the Iranian nuclear threat through negotiations to rehabilitate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Those “indirect talks” have stalled after six rounds that failed to produce a breakthrough agreement, as regime officials now are in the midst of a transition from outgoing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is being replaced by the hard-line judiciary chief, Ebrahim Raisi, who was declared the winner of the latest presidential elections. "They are not prepared to come back before the new government,” a diplomatic source told Reuters. "We are now talking probably not before mid-August.” IRANIAN PRESIDENT-ELECT SAYS HE WILL NOT MEET WITH BIDEN OR NEGOTIATE...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden says not "on my watch" when it comes to Iran developing nuclear weapons while meeting with the outgoing Israeli president. "What I can say to you, Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch, as they say," Biden said in the Oval Office on Monday. 2Biden said Iran will not build nuclear weapons on his "watch"Credit: Splash Biden was speaking with outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the White House about current nuclear advancements made by Iran and how the US was responding to such reports. New reports indicate US troops in Syria were under fire after the US led airstrikes the night before on pro-Iran militias in Syria and Iraq. Although he didn't address those reports, Biden did say: "I directed last night’s airstrikes targeting sites used by the Iranian-backed militia groups responsible for recent attacks on US personnel in Iraq." "I have that authority under Article II [of the Constitution] and even those up in the Hill who are reluctant to acknowledge that have acknowledged that’s the case," he added. 2His comments come...
    President Joe Biden met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the White House on Monday. During a brief pool spray, Biden thanked Rivlin “for your dedication to strengthening the relationship between the United States and Israel.” The president said that his commitment to Israel is “ironclad.” “Today we’re going to be discussing a broad range of challenges, including Iran,” Biden continued. “What I can say to you, Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch, as they say.” The president also addressed the U.S. air strikes he ordered against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups “I directed last night’s air strikes targeting sites used by the Iranian-backed malitia group responsible for recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq. I have that authority under Article II, and even those up on the Hill who are reluctant to acknowledge that have acknowledged that’s the case,” Biden said. You can watch above, via Fox News. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    (CNN)The Biden administration has pledged to pursue "calibrated" diplomacy to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to halt his mad dash toward a deliverable nuclear weapon. But that is a vain hope. Instead, the world and especially the United States must find a way to live with a North Korea armed with The Bomb. And keep Kim from using -- or selling -- it.David A. AndelmanDiscussions with a number of individuals who have dealt with the North Korean government or monitored the actions of its ruling family have convinced me that no Kim -- neither Kim Jong Un, nor his father nor his grandfather -- ever has or will give up a quest for a deliverable nuclear weapon. Nor is Kim likely to relinquish such a device once it can be deployed. Indeed, North Korea clearly does have any number of such devices -- some analysts say it could be more than 60 -- though the delivery vehicles are still in development. That brings us to the realm of what may be possible and achievable. For Kim, possession of...
    VLADIMIR Putin has ramped up Russia’s bid to build an “unstoppable” arsenal of superfast missiles – goading Britain into a terrifying new nuclear arms race. The ruthless strongman has personally overseen the development of an array of hypersonic weapons which fly at up to 20 times the speed of sound. 14Vladimir Putin has ramped up Russia’s bid to build an 'unstoppable' arsenal of superfast missilesCredit: EPA 14A Russian video showed their fearsome new stealth drone flyingCredit: East2West And rising tensions stoked by his sabre-rattling bullying in Ukraine have forced Boris Johnson to U-turn on long-standing disarmament pledges for the first time in more than 30 years. Britain’s limit on stocks of our ageing Trident nuclear warheads are to be ramped up from 180 to 260. But experts say the planned £10billion rearmament – ordered as 10,000 UK troops are set to be axed to the lowest manpower levels in 300 years – will do nothing to deter Putin. And his weaponry appears to be light years ahead of his rivals’ amid soaring tension and uncertainty in the face of the...
    More On: iran Iranian cleric claims COVID vaccine turns people gay Biden says US won’t lift sanctions unless Iran stops enriching uranium Biden’s Yemen withdrawal will only embolden the terrorists The Cyrus accords and other commentary Iran’s chief nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated by a team of Israeli spies who used a 1-ton, remoted-controlled machine gun that had been smuggled into the country in pieces, according to a new report. The team of over 20 Mossad agents, some of whom were Iranian nationals, spent eight months gathering surveillance and planning the hit before the weapon pumped 13 bullets into Fakhrizadeh on Nov. 27 as he was driven from Tehran to his residence, London’s Jewish Chronicle reported. The Mossad national intelligence agency is Israel’s feared counterpart of the CIA. The gun was so accurate that neither the 59-year-old’s wife nor any of his 12 bodyguards were hurt in the attack in Absard, according to the outlet, which reported that the weapon was fired remotely from a Nissan pickup. The heavy gun also included a bomb, which destroyed the evidence...
    By Matt Spetalnick, Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk and Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden will not shy away from using President Donald Trump’s weapon of choice – sanctions – as he seeks to reshape America’s foreign policy, according to people familiar with his thinking. But when Biden takes office on Jan. 20, he is expected to quickly begin recalibrating Trump’s blunt-force approach while taking time to deliberate before making any major changes with top sanctions targets like Iran and China, the sources said. His challenge will be to sort out which sanctions to keep, which to undo and which to expand. This will come after four years in which Trump has imposed punitive economic measures at a record pace – often unilaterally – but has failed to bend U.S. rivals to his will. The revised strategy will be crafted with help from a broad review of sanctions programs that will begin soon after Biden’s inauguration, the sources said on condition of anonymity. But even before this assessment is complete, Biden is expected to make clear that sanctions will remain...
    By Matt Spetalnick, Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk and Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Joe Biden will not shy away from using President Donald Trump's weapon of choice - sanctions - as he seeks to reshape America's foreign policy, according to people familiar with his thinking. But when Biden takes office on Jan. 20, he is expected to quickly begin recalibrating Trump's blunt-force approach while taking time to deliberate before making any major changes with top sanctions targets like Iran and China, the sources said. His challenge will be to sort out which sanctions to keep, which to undo and which to expand. This will come after four years in which Trump has imposed punitive economic measures at a record pace – often unilaterally - but has failed to bend U.S. rivals to his will. The revised strategy will be crafted with help from a broad review of sanctions programs that will begin soon after Biden’s inauguration, the sources said on condition of anonymity. But even before this assessment is complete, Biden is expected to make clear that sanctions will remain...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A test over the Nevada desert has confirmed that the latest version of the nation’s B61 nuclear bomb is compatible with the U.S. Air Force’s primary fighter plane, defense officials and researchers at Sandia National Laboratories said Monday. Officials with the lab and the National Nuclear Security Administration announced that the mock bomb was dropped over the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, marking the last in a series of flight tests designed to demonstrate that the refurbished weapon could be delivered by the F-15E Strike Eagle. Data was collected during the test on metrics that included the weapon’s ability to arm and fire. TOP STORIES Bill de Blasio flips, now vows to defund New York police Charles Barkley: Democrats only talk to black people every four years Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke: Black Lives Matter will join forces with Islamic State Steven Samuels, a manager with Sandia’s B61-12 System’s Team, said the test in early March represented a start-to-finish scenario that involved operational crews, the plane’s carriage system, release conditions and the functions of the...
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