Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia: UN chief condemns ‘suicidal’ shelling around nuclear plant

CNN — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described recent artillery and rocket fire around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in central Ukraine as “suicidal,” further adding to fears of an accident at the plant, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. “Any attack on nuclear power plants is a suicidal thing,” Guterres told reporters … Read more

Hiroshima vows nuke ban at 77th memorial amid Russia threat

TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshima on Saturday remembered the atomic bombing 77 years ago as officials, including the head of the United Nations, warned against nuclear weapons buildup and as fears grow of another such attack amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. “Nuclear weapons are nonsense. They guarantee no safety — only death and destruction,” said UN … Read more

Blinken says Russia is using Ukraine nuclear plant as “equivalent of a human shield”

United Nations – Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke at the United Nations Monday about what he called “a critical moment” in efforts to keep the world safe from nuclear threats. At the opening of the 10th annual Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference at the UN, Blinken pointed to North Korea’s “unlawful nuclear program” and … Read more

UN chief warns world is one step from `nuclear annihilation’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief warned Monday that “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” citing the war in Ukraine, nuclear threats in Asia and the Middle East and many other factors. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the dire warning at the opening of the long-delayed high-level meeting to … Read more

Ukraine war hangs over UN meeting on nukes treaty’s legacy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There was already plenty of trouble to talk about when a major UN meeting on the landmark Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was originally supposed to happen in 2020. Now the pandemic-postponed conference finally starts Monday as Russia’s war in Ukraine has reanimated fears of nuclear confrontation and cranked up the urgency of … Read more

Five takeaways from President Biden’s first trip to Middle East | Joe Biden News

Washington, DC – The United States “will not walk away” from the Middle East, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed to allies during his trip to the region last week. The trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia came at a time of international and domestic crises for the US president, who had vowed to strengthen “promising … Read more

Biden delivers tough talk on Iran as he opens Mideast visit

JERUSALEM (AP) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday opened his first visit to the Mideast since taking office by offering anxious Israeli leaders strong reassurances of his determination to stop Iran’s growing nuclear program, saying he’d be willing to use force as a “last resort.” The president’s comments came in an interview with Israel’s Channel … Read more

N. Korea’s talks of new army duties suggest nuke deployment

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea discussed assigning additional duties to its frontline army units at a key military meeting, state media said Thursday, a suggestion the country may want to deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting South Korea along the rivals’ tense border . The discussion comes as South Korea officials said North Korea … Read more

Is there any way out of Israel’s neverending election cycle?

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Jerusalem CNN – It was just over a year ago that a shared desire to oust Benjamin Netanyahu as the longest-serving Israeli prime minister united eight disparate … Read more

US warns North Korea preparing nuclear test, considering use of tactical nuclear weapon

The top US diplomat tasked with handling the standoff with North Korea said Tuesday that Kim Jong Un’s isolated regime was “preparing” to conduct its seventh nuclear weapons test. The U.S. State Department’s Special Representative, Sung Kim, told reporters he had no “specific information about the exact timing” of the test. South Korean media have … Read more