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November 19th, 2013
06:55 PM ET

Rice: Iran deal is a good one

As negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany continue, the President's National Security Adviser Susan Rice tells Wolf Blitzer that the deal on the table is "a good one." Specifically, she says, it will roll back the Iranian nuclear program in key respects over a six-month period while increasing the transparency surrounding the program so that the Iranians "can't sneak out or break out." And while some question easing sanctions on Tehran, Rice says the "sanctions architecture" will remain in place so that the relief will be "limited, modest, temporary, and reversible" - less than $10 billion in total.


Filed under: Interviews • Iran • Israel • Nuclear • Susan Rice
August 13th, 2013
07:11 PM ET

Air Force wing fails nuclear weapons inspection, again

Another U.S. Air Force unit responsible for nuclear-tipped missiles has failed a key security test, the second unit this year. CNN's Barbara Starr investigates.


Filed under: Air Force • Barbara Starr • Nuclear
April 15th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

How to launch a nuclear weapon

As rumors swirl about North Korea's nuclear capabilities, CNN's Tom Foreman explains what it takes to launch a nuke.

RELATED STORY: On North Korea's big day, Kerry underlines conditions for talks


Filed under: John Kerry • North Korea • Nuclear • Tom Foreman
April 11th, 2013
07:15 PM ET

Are Iran, N. Korea in nuclear cahoots?

There is concern in the international community that Iran and North Korea are cooperating on nuclear development. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

RELATED STORY: Kerry visits South Korea amid North Korea's nuclear threats


Filed under: Iran • Jill Dougherty • North Korea • Nuclear
November 29th, 2012
06:49 PM ET

U.S. had plans to nuke the moon

You could easily skip by it in an archive search: a project titled "A Study of Lunar Research Flights." Its nickname is even more low-brow: "Project A-119."

But the reality was much more explosive.

It was a top-secret plan, developed by the U.S. Air Force, to look at the possibility of detonating a nuclear device on the moon.

FULL STORY ON SECURITY CLEARANCE BLOG


Filed under: Brian Todd • Moon • Nuclear • Space
September 11th, 2012
05:21 PM ET

White House rejects Netanyahu meeting

(CNN) - Israeli sources tell CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the White House rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to meet with President Obama later this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.

On CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Blitzer reports that the Israelis were told a meeting isn’t possible because the President’s schedule won’t permit it, even when the Israelis offered to have the Prime Minister come to Washington from New York, where he will be addressing the United Nations.

The White House is pushing back, saying the President and Prime Minister simply won’t be in New York at the same time, but this is the tip of the iceberg in a much bigger disagreement over Iran’s suspected quest for nuclear weapons.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Benjamin Netanyahu • Iran • Israel • Nuclear • White House • Wolf Blitzer
May 16th, 2012
12:23 PM ET

Uranium found at Kodak facility

CNN's Brian Todd reports on nuclear material found at a Kodak facility in Rochester, New York.


Filed under: Brian Todd • Nuclear
November 15th, 2011
08:10 AM ET

Iran mystery scientist

Brian Todd reports on a mysterious Russian scientist who is believed to have helped Iran advance its nuclear program.

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Filed under: Brian Todd • Iran • Nuclear
November 9th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Iranian-Israeli military battle eminent?

Reports indicate Iran is developing nuclear weapons and Israel says it won't sit back and wait. Barbara Starr reports.

RELATED: Iran's nuclear program alarms world powers


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Iraq • Israel • Nuclear
BLITZER’S BLOG: U.S.-Pakistani relations potentially at a disastrous turning point
September 27th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: U.S.-Pakistani relations potentially at a disastrous turning point

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - I’m really worried about U.S.-Pakistani relations. Things are not moving in the right direction. Indeed, they are moving toward a potential disaster for both countries - and the region - unless cooler heads prevail.

There are a few givens we have to keep in mind.

Pakistan is a nuclear power. It has dozens of nuclear bombs in its arsenal. Right now, everyone agrees those bombs are secure. But if the situation in Pakistan were to deteriorate, that stockpile could be vulnerable.

At the last Republican presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked what he – as president – would do if he got a 3 a.m. phone call saying the Taliban had taken over Pakistan and controlled its nuclear weapons. Perry did not have a good answer. I’m not sure there is a good answer to that hypothetical question.

If you believe senior U.S. officials, Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, is fully aligned with the Haqqani terror network. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said publicly that elements of the ISI actually coordinated the recent Haqqani attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Last week, I interviewed Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar who flatly rejected those accusations. But U.S. officials are not backing away.

Indeed, they almost certainly will soon declare the entire Haqqani network a terror organization, joining al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, among others.

If the Pakistani government continues to support the Haqqani network, the Obama administration might then begin to cut some of the $2 billion a year in military and economic aid to Pakistan under the principle that if you support a terror network, you are effectively part of that terror network.

Unlike the United States, Pakistan has to remain in that region forever. That’s probably why the ISI believes it needs to foster a good relationship with the Haqqani network and other unsavory elements.

But unless that kind of thinking changes, I suspect the U.S.-Pakistani relationship will worsen. The consequences could be disastrous for all concerned. The stakes could not be more enormous.

RELATED: America and Pakistan: A messy divorce?

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Filed under: Nuclear • Pakistan • Terror • Wolf Blitzer
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