Carson named chairman of House counterterrorism panel
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Andre Carson of Indianapolis has been named the chairman of the subcommittee on counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and counterproliferation on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The subcommittee oversees the intelligence community's ability to provide timely information on terrorists, proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, and hard targets.
South Korea defense report doesn’t refer to North as enemy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is no longer South Korea's "enemy," though Pyongyang's nuclear program still poses a security threat, according to Seoul's biennial defense document published Tuesday.
It's the first time since 2010, the same year 50 South Koreans were killed in attacks blamed on the North, that the enemy label hasn't been applied, and a further sign of better ties between the rivals.
Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will call for global action on the world drug problem, lay out his vision of the U.S. role in the world, and urge a halt to the spread of weapons of mass destruction during next week's gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.
Vegas man gets prison in weapons of mass destruction case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 41-year-old Las Vegas man was sentenced to four-to-10 years in state prison for stockpiling and using explosives in what police and prosecutors called a terrorism and weapons of mass destruction case.
Nicolai Howard Mork's sentencing on Thursday came after he pleaded guilty in June to lesser felony weapons and explosives component charges.
ABOARD THE DESTROYER MURASAME (AP) — Japanese navy sailors in a speedboat raced to a simulated suspicious boat while aircraft watched from the sky in a multinational exercise Wednesday off Tokyo's southern coast to practice intercepting weapons of mass destruction at sea.
Destroyers and surveillance aircraft, as well as coast guard ships from Japan, the U.S., South Korea and Australia, participated in the exercise, part of the Proliferation Security Initiative.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man jailed for more than a year on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction charges pleaded guilty Thursday to lesser counts to avoid trial amid what his lawyer later called a "witch hunt hysteria" climate following incidents like the Las Vegas Strip shooting last Oct. 1.
Libya is suddenly on the lips of President Donald Trump and his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton ahead of the much-vaunted summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, or more precisely, the "Libya model" is.
There seems to be a disconnect between the two on what that actually means — and it won't be assuaging anger in Pyongyang, already bubbling over this week with leverage-seeking threats to skip the summit in Singapore on June 12.
Pompeo says he believes Kim Jong-un ‘serious’ about giving up nukes
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he was "encouraged" by the "historic" summit between the North and South Korea, and that he believes North leader Kim Jong-un is "serious" about reaching a deal to abandon his nuclear weapons program.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday condemned a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" in Syria that killed women and children, called Syrian President Bashar Assad an "animal" and said there would be a "big price to pay" for resorting to outlawed weapons of mass destruction.
UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Thursday that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send "an alarming message" to North Korea and impact all international agreements.
The Latest: Kazakhstan to NKorea: Abandon nuclear ambitions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. Security Council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (all times local):
Kazakhstan's president is calling on North Korea to follow his country's path and give up its nuclear ambitions.
Russian, US and other ministers expected at UN meetings
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level U.N. Security Council meeting this week will focus on "confidence building" measures to deal with weapons of mass destruction, and North Korea is expected to be in the spotlight. Another meeting will highlight Afghanistan's partnership with Central Asia "as a model to link security and development."
Sydney man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales
SYDNEY (AP) — A South Korean-born Sydney man was charged Sunday with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales worth tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles.
Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. Tillerson said his boss, President Donald Trump, endorses this position.
Dick Cheney once warned against military action on NKorea
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly declassified documents show that a quarter-century ago as worries were emerging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told allies the U.S. should not consider military action as it could jeopardize diplomatic efforts.
The Latest: Democrats ask Mattis, Tillerson about nukes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress' consideration of a new war authority for U.S. troops (all times local):
Congressional Democrats are pressing senior national security officials on whether there are circumstances that would allow President Donald Trump to preemptively strike North Korea or another country with nuclear weapons.
Michael Perry: Refresher course in weapons of mass destruction
There currently resides upon my desk a Certificate of Completion declaring that I have checked all the boxes necessary to satisfy the standards set forth by my compulsory biannual refresher course in Weapons of Mass Destruction.
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Westport Country Playhouse hosts reading of play on 1962 Cuban missile crisis
It was the closest we’ve ever come to global nuclear war.
Those frightening days in October 1962, when President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev seemed willing to risk war over the placement of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.
US urges all nations to stop the spread of nuclear weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appealed to the international community, especially Russia and China, to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, calling North Korea a case study of the failure to prevent rogue states from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.
Here’s a dose of unpleasant reality about North Korea: It’s extremely unlikely that it’s ever going to agree to get rid of its increasingly threatening nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.
Appeals court upholds Florida man’s terror plot sentence
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appeals court has affirmed the conviction and sentence of a man convicted three years ago as part of a terror plot.
Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow said the announcement Monday in a news release.
Thirty-year-old Sami Osmakac was sentenced in November 2014 to 40 years in prison for attempted us of weapons of mass destruction and possession of a fully automatic firearm.
On July 7 2017, 122 member states of the United Nations voted to adopt a Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer asked a Nevada judge on Tuesday to throw out charges of terrorism and possessing weapons of mass destruction against a Las Vegas man being held on $8 million bail after police found large amounts of powders at his home that prosecutors say could be mixed to produce powerful explosions.
Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti said she plans to issue a written ruling in days to come.
Perhaps the most controversial of President Trump’s executive orders was the ban against travelers from six Muslim countries. This ban reflected Trump’s anti-Muslim immigrant campaign rhetoric. The massive outcry and backlash against Trump’s order and rhetoric make a fundamentally important point: The potential antisocial acts of a few cannot be attributed to an entire group. The vast majority of any group want what most Americans want: peace, safety and security, a decent standard of living, and opportunities for their children.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man remained in jail Tuesday after a judge denied his request to lower the $8 million bail imposed after he was indicted on charges of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
A shackled Nicolai Howard Mork visibly tensed his face and looked down as he listened to Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti deny his bail motion after the prosecutor and his defense attorney argued the validity of the evidence in the case.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the U.S. is using Afghanistan as a weapons testing ground, calling the recent use of the largest-ever non-nuclear bomb "an immense atrocity against the Afghan people."
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Late Thursday evening, President Donald Trump authorized the launch of approximately five dozen Tomahawk missiles at an air base in Syria; the same base that supported an atrocious chemical weapons attack against innocent civilians and children just days prior. With this action, President Trump reestablished a red line on the use of chemical weapons. A red line that had been dangerously absent since August 2013 when former President Barack Obama issued one and then refused to enforce it.
Nevada Man Charged Over Bomb Making Materials
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction charges that his lawyer derided as a "witch hunt" by overreaching local police and state prosecutors who he said mistook target practice components for bomb-making materials.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man who has been free on bail for three months while fighting explosives and firearms charges was arrested late Wednesday on counts of terrorism and possession of weapons of mass destruction, authorities said.
Nicolai Howard Mork's defense attorney, Nicholas Woolridge, expressed shock at the two new charges against his 40-year-old client in Nevada state court, and the $8 million bail amount set by a judge who issued a warrant for his arrest.
Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with NKorea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass destruction.
"Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended," said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "We are exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table."
The president-elect actually has a point about a CIA assessment of Russian meddling to benefit him in the U.S. election. The CIA has gotten vital intelligence wrong in the past — weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, for instance, the example Donald Trump cites.
UN: Threat of a hacking attack on nuclear plants is growing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The "nightmare scenario" is rising for a hacking attack on a nuclear power plant's computer system that causes the uncontrolled release of radiation, the United Nations' deputy chief warned Thursday.
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a Security Council meeting that extremists and "vicious non-state groups" are actively seeking weapons of mass destruction "and these weapons are increasingly accessible."
Ducey supports Iraq invasion after 9-11 even though no weapons of mass destruction found
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said the decision to invade Iraq was not a mistake despite the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction found, the excuse President Bush gave for the war.
UN chief calls for renewed focus on mass destruction weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that technological advances have made it easier for terrorist and criminal groups to obtain materials needed to make weapons of mass destruction, and some are actively trying to obtain nuclear, biological and chemical weapons to target civilians.