Before the 2016 election, author Eric Schlosser said the notion of Donald Trump “with the launch codes, capable of devastating cities and countries, is extraordinary. It’s like the plot out of a science-fiction film.” Now that film has become reality and the opening scenes are already scary.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski spoke with Trump on the phone and asked him to expand on his tweet. She said he responded: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
As members of the United Nations Security Council leave Lausanne and the chance of a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration frets over what to do before Congress reconvenes.
“Foreign ministers from Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China have struggled with a series of tough issues this week, notably what restrictions will remain on Iran’s research and development, and how quickly United Nations sanctions will be lifted.”
By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau VIENNA — Iran is easing a key demand in negotiations with world powers over its disputed nuclear program, boosting prospects for the top-priority agreement that diplomats are racing to finish within a month. Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, acknowledged amid a week of negotiations in Vienna that Tehran now […]
Oslo (AFP) – A top Iranian official said Wednesday that Tehran could consider working with the United States over the crisis in Iraq if talks on its nuclear program are successful. Asked about possible cooperation in Iraq, President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff Mohammad Nahavandian told reporters in Oslo that the nuclear talks were a […]
By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau VIENNA — Iran’s nuclear negotiating team has come to this city hoping to seal a deal on its disputed nuclear program that will finally remove the international sanctions crippling its economy. But just in case they don’t win that diplomatic victory, they are carefully positioning themselves to come away with […]
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—A charge for electricity that millions of Americans didn’t even know they pay will suddenly disappear Friday, after the Energy Department this week quietly notified utilities across the country that it was suspending its fees for a future nuclear waste dump. The Energy Department has been collecting $750 million […]
By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau VIENNA — Iran and six world powers Wednesday formally began a two-month diplomatic sprint to complete a deal aimed at preventing Tehran from developing the ability to build nuclear weapons. Top diplomats from the world powers — the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — met with the […]
Seoul (AFP) – North Korea said Tuesday it would strengthen its nuclear deterrent following President Barack Obama’s “dangerous” Asian tour, and would not rule out another atomic test. There are concerns the North is preparing to conduct its fourth atomic detonation, with recent satellite images showing stepped-up activity at its main nuclear test site. Obama’s […]
By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to remove 50 nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles from their silos over the next four years but not eliminate them from the U.S. arsenal, a move aimed at complying with a 2010 treaty with Russia and avoiding a fight with members of Congress from states […]
By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times TEHRAN, Iran — When Iran’s leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised that the six-month agreement would quickly start “melting the iceberg” of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and improve the lives of ordinary Iranians. Opponents of the deal […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — High-level talks concerning the future of Iran’s controversial nuclear program got off to a “good start” during a three-day opening session in Vienna, participants said Thursday, though there were no major breakthroughs. “We had three fruitful and extensive working days and both sides have […]