Contents tagged with nuclear weapons

  • Putin says he knew about the existence of nuclear bomb in North Korea for a long time

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Kim Jong-Il had already told him about the North Korean nuclear bomb in early 2000, and that the situation had not changed in the ten-year existence of the country under Western sanctions, TASS news agency reported.

    "In 2001, when I was on my way to pay a visit to Japan, I made a stop in North Korea, where I had a meeting with the father of the country’s current leader. It was back then when he told me that they had a nuclear bomb. Moreover, (the …

  • Lavrov: the US will not strike North Korea because of Pyongyang nuclear capabilities

    The US will not attack North Korea, because they are certain that Pyongyang has nuclear weapons, as stated by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, in an interview on NTV channel.

    "The Americans will not strike [North] Korea, because they not only suspect, but they know for sure, that they have nuclear bombs," the Minister said. According to him, President Vladimir Putin, "more than once" said that "it is impossible to imagine" that the United States, or other countries have …

  • Volker calls on Ukraine to avoid pursuing development of nuclear weapons

    The United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker warned Ukraine against attempts to regain nuclear weapons.

    In an interview with Direct, a new pro-Ukrainian TV channel, Volker said that Ukraine had made the right step when abandoned nuclear weapons.

    "If Ukraine did not join the countries that abandoned nuclear weapons, it would not be a good decision. I do not think that nuclear weapons would be anything positive for Ukraine. I would not like to see Ukraine to …

  • Muzhenko: Russia is restoring facilities for the storage of nuclear weapons in the Crimea

    Russia is restoring facilities for the storage of nuclear weapons in the annexed Crimea, Channel 5 Ukraine quotes Viktor Muzhenko, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as saying.

    At the same time, he noted that there is no information currently available on the movement of nuclear munitions.

    "The building of a military presence in the Crimea probably involves the deployment of weapons of mass destruction; [thus] work is being carried out to restore capacity for …

  • Dzhemilev says that Russia has placed six nuclear warheads in Crimea

    The Kremlin has turned the annexed Crimea into a military base. Therefore, retaking the peninsula by military force is now extremely dangerous. This was said in an interview with UA.TV by the national leader of the Crimean Tatar People, People's Deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev.

    "The Crimea has now been turned into a kind of a military base. We even have information that six nuclear warheads are there now. Therefore, it is very dangerous to begin military operations there," Dzhemilev said. …

  • Mogherini: EU would be glad to lift sanctions on Russia if Minsk agreements are implemented

    The countries of the European Union "would be happy" to lift sanctions imposed on Russia once they have reached the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, but at the moment it cannot be done, said the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, during her visit to the United States.

    "We would be happy to lift sanctions against Russia if the Minsk Agreements were fully implemented," she said, speaking at an event at the Carnegie Institute in Washington.

    On the topic of US-Russia relations, …

  • Russian official: Russia may review its nuclear security measures if U.S. deploys nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan

    The Head of the Defense Committee of the Federation Council of Russia, Viktor Ozerov, said that, if necessary, the Russian Federation might analyze and review measures to strengthen its nuclear security.

    Ozerov made this statement in response to the words of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the possible emergence of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan to contain the threat from North Korea.

    "I do not think that the deployment of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan poses a …

  • US accuses Russia of deploying land-based cruise missiles

    Russia deployed land-based cruise missiles in its own territory in violation of the “spirit and intent” of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed by US President Ronald Reagan and USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 in Washington.

    General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, made a statement to this effect on Wednesday the 8th of March, as reported by Reuters.

    Reuters noted that the General’s statement was the first official confirmation from the …

  • Russia says that new US Defense Bill is aimed at undermining nuclear parity with Russia

    The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the new US defense bill clearly shows that Washington plans to undermine the nuclear parity with Russia.

    This was stated by the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, as reported by Russia’s TASS news agency.

    “A big portion of the bill is dedicated to the subject of the Anti Missile Defense. While before,  the main goal of the American anti missile system was the defense against ' …

  • Dzhemilev: Russia brought six nuclear warheads to the Crimea

    In speaking at the European Parlaiment in Brussels, during a forum to discuss the illegal annexation of the Crimea, the Leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev, stated that, "the invaders have brought nuclear weapons to the Crimea, and the Crimean Tatar people are being forced out of the peninsula," UNIAN news agency reports.

    "According to our data, nuclear arms were brought to the peninsula. The Information Services of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People have …