After weeks of negotiation, the states working to prohibit nuclear weapons voted today on the adoption of the final treaty text; 122 voted in favor, with one state, Singapore, in abstention and one state, the Netherlands, against.
Over the weekend, North Korea successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time. The missile, which may not to have been tested to full range, puts parts of the United States within range of North Korean weapons.
Today, Global Zero’s Nuclear Crisis Group (NCG), a newly-formed team of seasoned diplomats, military leaders and national security experts from nuclear-armed and allied countries, released a set of urgent recommendations to avoid the use of nuclear weapons and called on national leaders to act now to reduce the unacceptably high risk of nuclear conflict.
HANFORD, WASHINGTON -- Yesterday, a tunnel containing rail cars full of nuclear waste collapsed at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington State. The incident took place at the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility (PUREX), a plant that was once part of the U.S. nuclear weapons production complex responsible for producing plutonium for one of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump ordered a U.S. Navy strike group to the Korean peninsula following North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch. In response, North Korean officials threatened to “hit the U.S.