April 13, 2010
Wraps With Pact to Secure Stockpiles
For more on the second day of the president's nuclear summit
and the movement to cut weapons stockpiles around the world, Jim
Lehrer speaks to Under Secretary for Arms Control and International
Security Ellen Tauscher.
April 13, 2010
China May Partner on Nuke Sanctions for Iran
President Obama called for new safeguards against nuclear
terrorism and states that are non-compliant on nuclear issues
at the second day of the security summit in Washington. Jeffrey
April 13, 2010
Sign Nuclear Security Pact
Leaders of 47 countries attending the nuclear security summit
in Washington, D.C., agreed Tuesday that responsibility for keeping
nuclear materials from getting into the hands of terrorist groups
lies with all nations.
April 12, 2010
Scowcroft Outline Nuclear Summit Goals
For perspective on the president's nuclear summit and the
movement to cut weapons stockpiles around the world, Jim Lehrer
speaks to summit organizers, former Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft.
April 12, 2010
Pushes For Cuts to Nuclear Arsenals During Global Summit
President Obama hosted dozens of world leaders in Washington
for an unprecedented summit on stopping the spread of nuclear
weapons. Jeffrey Brown reports on the summit and efforts to slash
April 12, 2010
Foreign Minister Discusses a Nuclear-Free Middle East
On the sidelines of the nuclear summit in Washington, D.C.,
the NewsHour talked with the leader of Egypt's delegation, Foreign
Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, about nuclear security, Iran, Israel,
and growing concerns about a new nuclear arms race in the Middle
April 8, 2010
Debate Road to Ratification of Arms Deal
With the Senate poised to act on the renewed nuclear arms
treaty between the U.S. and Russia, Jim Lehrer talks to two key
senators, Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California and Arizona
Republican Jon Kyl.
April 8, 2010
Formalizes Arms Treaty with Russia
Presidents Obama and Medvedev formalized a historic nuclear
arms pact to slash nuclear arsenals, possibly ushering in a new
era of relations between the U.S. and Cold War enemy Russia. Jim
Lehrer has more on the sweeping arms deal.
April 8, 2010
Russia Nuclear Treaty Improve U.S. Security?
President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
inked a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Thursday in Prague.
We asked experts for their views on the latest nuclear deal's
April 6, 2010
House Pledges Cuts to Nuclear Stockpile
The Obama administration has rolled out a new roadmap for
limiting American nuclear arsenals and promoting the goal of a
nuclear-free world. Jeffrey Brown gets two points of view on arms
control from nuclear experts.
April 6, 2010
Nuclear Policy Limits Use and Threat of Weapons
The Obama administration released Tuesday a new set of guidelines
for nuclear weapons, including not threatening their use against
signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in an effort
to encourage other countries' adherence to the treaty.
February 8, 2010
Announces Plans to Increase Uranium Enrichment
Iran has told the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency
that it will begin enriching its stockpile of uranium to 20 percent
purity for a medical reactor, renewing calls from U.S., Russian
and French officials for a tougher approach and unified action
October 27, 2009
Seeks Big Changes in Uranium Deal
Iran vowed Tuesday to seek "important changes" in a United
Nations plan that would require it to ship its enriched uranium
out of the country for processing abroad, raising alarm among
Western governments involved in nuclear talks with the country.
October 23, 2009
Produces Counterproposal to U.N. Nuclear Deal
Iran sidestepped a Friday deadline on a U.N.-drafted agreement
that would ship much of the country's uranium to Russia for enrichment,
saying it would prefer instead to buy nuclear fuel from foreign
suppliers for a reactor to make medical isotopes.
October 21, 2009
Nuclear Deal, Russia Would Process Iran's Enriched Uranium
A draft deal -- up for Iranian approval by Friday -- would
require Iran to send most of its existing enriched uranium to
Russia for processing, in an attempt to delay Tehran's ability
to make a nuclear weapon.
May 27, 2009
Administration Faces Instability in Key Nuclear Nations
Nuclear tests in North Korea, violence in Pakistan and a diplomatic
stalemate with Iran has complicated nuclear diplomacy for the
U.S. Former Carter official Zbigniew Brzezinski and Philip Zelikow,
foreign adviser under President Bush, consider the new world.
March 27, 2009
Members Hit Stalemate on New Leadership
Member nations of the International Atomic Energy Agency failed
Friday to elect a new leader after multiple rounds of voting split
largely along economic lines.
September 26, 2008
Agree to Draft Resolution on Iran Nuclear Program
Six nations have agreed on a draft U.N. resolution on Iran's
nuclear program, but it does not include new sanctions, per Russia's
preference, European officials said Friday.
August 6, 2008
to Mull New Sanctions Against Iran for Nuclear Program
Six world powers agreed Wednesday to start considering a fourth
U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran because
of its refusal to end its nuclear program.
May 27, 2008
Voices 'Serious Concern' on Iran's Nuclear Ability
The International Atomic Energy Agency released a report Monday
stating that Iran's suspected research into nuclear weapons remained
"a matter of serious concern." Analysts examine what actions the
international community should take.
December 3, 2007
Halted Nuclear Arms Program in 2003, Report Finds
A U.S. National Intelligence Estimate report released Monday
found that Iran stopped developing nuclear weapons in 2003, but
continues to enrich uranium and could still develop atomic arms
in the future. Two intelligence experts discuss the findings and
what they may mean for diplomatic relations between Iran and the
October 3, 2007
Korea Agrees to Disable Nuclear Reactor
North Korea agreed to disable its main reactor complex at
Yongbyon and provide full details its nuclear programs, a key
step toward a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. Assistant Secretary
of State Christopher Hill describes the implications of the deal.
August 30, 2007
Agency Says Iran Cooperating with Nuclear Oversight
The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday
that Iran is producing less nuclear fuel than previously thought
and has made progress in explaining past nuclear activities.
May 29, 2007
Seeks to Expand Nuclear Power Capabilities
With India's demand for electricity expected to more than
double by the year 2015, the country is attempting to increase
its reliance on nuclear energy. NewsHour special correspondent
Simon Marks reports from India on the country's growing nuclear
May 23, 2007
Watchdog Reports Iran Expanded Nuclear Program
Iran defied another U.N. Security Council deadline to end
uranium enrichment and has expanded its enrichment capacity, according
to an International Atomic Energy Agency report released Wednesday.
April 9, 2007
Defies U.N. Resolution; Announces 'Industrial Scale' Uranium Enrichment
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran
has begun enriching uranium "on an industrial scale," an expansion
of the nuclear program that has drawn U.N. sanctions and condemnation
from the United States.
March 21, 2007
Warns of 'Illegal' Actions if U.N. Imposes Sanctions
Even as the U.N. Security Council opened talks over possible
sanctions, Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday that Tehran will
pursue nuclear activities outside international regulations.
March 15, 2007
World Powers Agree on New Sanctions Against Iran
Ambassadors from six world powers agreed Thursday on a set
of new sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program and sent
the recommendations to the U.N. Security Council for a vote.
February 22, 2007
Defies U.N. Deadline on Uranium Enrichment
Iran has continued to develop its uranium enrichment program
past a U.N. deadline, an International Atomic Energy Agency report
said Thursday. Analysts discuss the possible next steps.
IAEA Finds Iran Continuing to Enrich Uranium
November 17, 2006
Passes U.S-India Nuclear Deal
The Senate on Thursday approved a controversial bill allowing
the United States to trade civil nuclear material with its one-time
foe India, a victory for President Bush who hailed the plan as
a major boost for trade with a key Asian ally.
October 9, 2006
Leaders Condemn North Korea Following Claim of Nuclear Test
North Korea said Monday it conducted a successful underground
nuclear weapons test, touching off a torrent of international
criticism and calls for U.N. action. Former director of the Los
Alamos National Laboratory Sigfried Hecker, who has been to North
Korea twice, describes the alleged test. Then two guests discuss
the possible consequences.
September 6, 2006
Debate Nuclear Program, Standoff with the West
Margaret Warner, recently returned from a trip to Iran, reports
on how the country is impacted by Iran's decision to continue
its nuclear energy program and how Iranians view U.S. and European
condemnation of their country's position.
August 31, 2006
Finds Iran Unwilling to Stop Uranium Enrichment
An International Atomic Energy Agency report found that Iran continued
its nuclear enrichment activities despite demands from the U.N.
Security Council to stop research by the Thursday deadline.
August 23, 2006
Weigh Iran Nuclear Counterproposal
France offered its first take on Iran's proposal to re-open negotiations
over its nuclear program, saying the door to talks was open, but
only if Iran suspends uranium enrichment -- something it has opposed
August 22, 2006
Agrees to Negotiate on Nuclear Program
Iran's top nuclear negotiator reportedly said Tuesday the country
is willing to enter "serious negotiations" over its
nuclear program but he did not indicate whether Tehran would agree
to Western demands to suspend uranium enrichment activities. Experts
discuss the implications.
July 31, 2006
Sets Deadline for Iran to Stop Uranium Enrichment
The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Monday giving Iran
until Aug. 31 to end its nuclear program or face the threat of
economic and political sanctions.
June 21, 2006
Bush Calls on Iran to Respond to Nuclear Deal
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday he will respond
to a Western proposal to suspend the country's nuclear program
in exchange for technical support and other concessions by mid-August,
but President Bush urged a quicker response.
June 1, 2006
Powers Strike Deal over Iran's Nuclear Program
In a major diplomatic move, six major powers announced Thursday
that they had reached agreement over a set of proposed incentives
for Iran to suspend its nuclear effort, and a series of possible
actions should Tehran defy international will.
Interview: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice outlines
U.S. goals ahead of the Vienna talks.
May 31, 2006
Proposes Talks with Iran on Nuclear Efforts
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that the
United States would open talks with Iran if Tehran suspended its
nuclear enrichment and reprocessing activities. Rice discusses
the major policy shift with Margaret Warner.
May 17, 2006
Rejects EU Incentives to Halt Nuclear Program
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday dashed European
Union hopes that his country would halt its nuclear program in
exchange for incentives, saying doing so would be like accepting
"chocolates" for "gold."
May 12, 2006
Civilian Nuclear Programs
May Provide Foundation for Weapons Development
More than 30 countries around the world, including some nations
considered enemies of the United States, are home to nuclear reactors,
the basis, once the challenge of acquiring the necessary technology
has been met, for nations seeking the capability to develop a
May 11, 2006
Ready to Negotiate over Nuclear Program
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday he is willing
to discuss his country's nuclear capabilities, a statement welcomed
by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the U.N. International Atomic Energy
April 28, 2006
U.N. Ambassador Reiterates Civilian Nature of His Country's Program
The deadline for Iran to stop enriching uranium came and went
Friday. The United Nations' nuclear body -- the International
Atomic Energy Agency -- reported Iran has defied demands to freeze
its nuclear program. Ray Suarez speaks with Iranian Ambassador
Javad Zarif about Iran's refusal to halt enrichment.
April 14, 2006
Consider Implications of a Nuclear-Armed Iran
As the U.N. Security Council decides how to convince Iran to end
its uranium enrichment program, the United States is looking ahead
to what the world might be like with a nuclear-armed Iran. William
Beeman, a professor of anthropology at Brown University and Patrick
Clawson, deputy director for research at the Washington Institute
for Near East Policy, debate the implications.
April 13, 2006
Chief Says No Proof of Iranian Weapons Program
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, traveled
to Iran Thursday to try to convince Iranian officials to suspend
the country's nuclear program, following an announcement from
Tehran Wednesday that scientists had successfully enriched uranium
and planned larger scale production.
April 11, 2006
President Claims to Have Enriched Uranium
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday that Iranian
scientists had enriched uranium and that the nation would develop
production on an industrial scale.
April 5, 2006
Defends Decision to Share Nuclear Technology with India
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared before Congress Wednesday
to defend President Bush's decision to share U.S. nuclear technology
with India. Congress needs to exempt India from the Atomic Energy
Act for the initiative to move forward, and many lawmakers worry
it would undermine controls on the spread of nuclear weapons around
March 29, 2006
Council Calls for Iran to Stop Uranium Enrichment
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a statement Wednesday
demanding that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment program, marking
the first direct request from the Security Council concerning
Iran's nuclear program.
March 28, 2006
Smuggle 'Dirty Bomb' Material into U.S.
Government investigators testing the effectiveness of U.S. border
security managed to smuggle small amounts of radioactive material,
enough to make two dirty bombs, across two U.S. borders, according
to a report released Tuesday. Commissioned by a Senate subcommittee,
the report highlighted holes in the government's ability to protect
against domestic terrorism.
March 23, 2006
Council Divided over Iran Nuclear Aspirations
Update: The top five members of the U.N. Security Council tried
to end a deadlock Thursday over issuing a joint statement urging
Iran to end its nuclear fuel enrichment program.
March 8, 2006
Defends Right to Research Nuclear Power
Julian Rush of Independent Television News reports from the port
town of Bushehr in southern Iran on the country's argument for
developing nuclear power.
Iran, U.S. Spar over Nuclear Program; Iran Referred to Security
March 7, 2006
Rejects Russian Plan to Allow Iran to Enrich Some Uranium
The Bush administration said Tuesday it opposes allowing Iran
to enrich any uranium, a process used in the creation of a nuclear
bomb, and hopes the U.N. Security Council moves to rebuke Iran
over its nuclear program.
March 3, 2006
Watchdog Mulls Action over Iran Nuclear Program
Negotiations between Iran and the European Union over Tehran's
nuclear program appeared to yield little ahead of a meeting of
the United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Monday.
March 2, 2006
U.S. Nuclear Pact Marks Shift in Diplomatic Relations
India and the United States have sealed a civilian nuclear agreement
to allow India access to U.S. nuclear technology, but the pact
has sparked concerns among some nuclear proliferation experts
since India will receive these benefits without signing a nonproliferation
treaty. Three regional experts assess the military, diplomatic
and regional effects of the agreement.
Indian, U.S. Leaders Sign Landmark Nuclear Pact
February 24, 2006
Nuclear Deal Progresses Ahead of President Bush's Visit
Talks between Indian and U.S. foreign officials over an historic
deal that would give India access to U.S. nuclear technology for
civilian purposes moved forward Friday ahead of President Bush's
visit to the South Asian nation, despite criticism that the deal
could harm nonproliferation efforts.
February 20, 2006
Russia to Continue Nuclear Talks
Talks aimed at ensuring Iran's nuclear program would not lead
to the Islamic republic developing nuclear weapons opened Monday
in Moscow. Russia has proposed developing nuclear fuel within
its borders, delivering the enriched uranium to Iran and then
retrieving the spent fuel, thus allowing Iran to run its civilian
program, but not giving it the possible elements for a military
February 6, 2006
Iran Promises Resumption Of Nuclear Fuel Enrichment
Iranian officials said Monday the country is awaiting the arrival
of international nuclear inspectors to oversee the resumption
of it's uranium enrichment program. On Saturday, the 35-member
board of the International Atomic Energy Agency voted to refer
Iran to the U.N. Security Council, prompting the Islamic Republic
to end voluntary cooperation with the agency and restart its nuclear
February 3, 2006
Steps Up Nuclear Rhetoric
Ray Suarez discusses the state of diplomatic play with Cliff Kupchan,
a former State Department employee; Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran
analyst for the International Crisis Group; and Gary Sick, who
served on the National Security Council staff under presidents
Ford, Carter and Reagan.
January 30, 2006
U.S. on Course to Refer Iran to U.N. Security Council
Update: Despite efforts by Iran to avoid referral to the U.N.
Security Council over its refusal to end a nuclear program American
and European officials fear could lead to the development of a
nuclear weapon, EU officials meeting in Brussels Monday warned
they would push for the referral at a meeting of IAEA members
scheduled for later this week.
January 16, 2006
U.N. Members Agree Iran Must Suspend Nuclear Program
Update: Russia and China agreed with the United States and its
European allies Monday that Iran must fully suspend its nuclear
program, but the countries stopped short of demanding the matter
be sent to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
The countries also called for an emergency meeting of the United
Nation's nuclear watchdog agency, the International Atomic Energy
Agency, on Feb. 2-3 to tackle the Iran issue.
January 12, 2006
European Leaders Urge U.N. Security Council Referral for Iran
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined European leaders
Thursday to denounce Iran's resumption of its nuclear power program.
They called for Iran to be referred to the U.N. Security Council,
a move that could lead to possible sanctions against the world's
fourth largest oil exporter.
January 10, 2006
Nuclear Move Angers International Negotiators
Iran's announcement this week that it would restart its efforts
to produce enriched uranium for a purportedly civilian nuclear
program has frustrated European and U.N. officials who have been
working with the Tehran government. Jonathan Miller of ITN reports
on the diplomatic stalemate.
January 9, 2006
Iran Announces It Will Restart Nuclear Fuel Research
Reaffirming its right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes,
Iran announced it would resume research on nuclear fuel beginning
Monday, a move that angered the head of the International Atomic
Energy Agency and drew strong criticism from European officials.
December 18, 2005
9/11 Commission Dissatisfied with U.S. Nuclear Security Effort
Nearly 18 months after its first report condemning the Bush administration
for national security leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,
the former 9/11 commission again blasted the government for failing
to exert a "maximum effort" against the threat of terrorists
acquiring nuclear weapons and using them in the United States.
October 24, 2005
Korea Commits to Negotiations on Nuclear Weapons
North Korea announced that it would return to six-party talks
over its nuclear weapons program. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson,
who recently returned to the United States from an unofficial
visit to Pyongyang, discusses the North Korean leadership, their
attitude toward the United States and the future of relations.
October 10, 2005
Agency, Director Share Peace Prize
NewsHour correspondent Kwame Holman reports on the dual recipients
of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
October 7, 2005
Prize Goes to U.N. Group for Anti-nuclear Efforts
The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency and its
head Mohamed ElBaradei won the Nobel Peace prize Friday for their
diplomatic efforts with Iran and North Korea to curb the spread
of atomic weapons.
September 27, 2005
Threatens Trade Retaliations After Nuclear Vote
Iran threatened Tuesday to use its trade ties to punish countries
that voted over the weekend to refer Tehran to the U.N. Security
Council for failing to convince the international community that
its nuclear program is peaceful.
August 11, 2005
Agency Raises 'Serious Concern' over Iran
The governing board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog voiced "serious
concern" over Iran's resumption of nuclear activities this week,
while leaving the door open for more negotiations.
August 10, 2005
Reopens Nuclear Site Despite International Opposition
Despite U.S. and European calls to maintain a suspension on its
nuclear program, Iran took the final steps to open its uranium
conversion facility on Wednesday after U.N. inspectors removed
seals from the plant's equipment. The removal of the final seals
came a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency held an
emergency meeting in Austria to discuss ways to convince the Islamic
Republic to resume its suspension.
August 8, 2005
Negotiators Face New Challenges from Iran, North Korea
With the U.N. nuclear watchdog set to consider Iran's continued
reprocessing efforts and North Korean atomic talks stalled, diplomats
working to halt the spread of nuclear technologies are facing
twin tests of the international commitment to nonproliferation.
August 7, 2005
Rejects European Proposal to End Nuclear Effort
Iran remained defiant Sunday, one day after rejecting a European
offer of increased economic and nuclear assistance in return for
promises that the Islamic republic would not pursue elements of
an atomic weapons program.
August 5, 2005
Demands End to Iranian Fuel Enrichment
Britain, France and Germany on Friday demanded that Iran give
up plans to restart a uranium enrichment plant or face possible
U.N. sanctions. The EU 3 offered the U.S. rival a package of economic
and political incentives aimed at discouraging nuclear ambitions
the United States and European Union think could lead to the development
of a nuclear bomb.
August 2, 2005
to Restart Nuclear Activities Despite EU Protests
Iranian officials Tuesday said the country would move forward
with plans to restart suspended nuclear uranium conversion. Margaret
Warner assesses the Iranian threat with former National Security
Council staff member Geoffrey Kemp and Paul Leventhal, founder
of the Nuclear Control Institute.
July 26, 2005
U.S. Uncovers Plot to Export Nuclear Weapons Parts to Pakistan
As part of a report on the black market for nuclear weapons
parts produced for PBS's Frontline/World in association with the
Center for Investigative Reporting, correspondent Mark Shapiro
talks with Pakistani businessman, Humayun Khan who is accused
of trying to obtain 200 nuclear weapons triggers from a U.S. manufacturer.
June 3, 2005
Hope for Substantive Progress in North Korean Talks
After more than a year of diplomatic stalemate, six nations are
set to resume talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear program
in Beijing Tuesday after weeks of preparations and pre-summit
June 3, 2005
Weighs Saudi Agreement for Limited Nuclear Monitoring
The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to approve a request
by Saudi Arabia to sign a pact with the nuclear policing agency
allowing limited monitoring of its nuclear facilities but no inspections,
an agreement the United States and European countries strongly
May 27, 2005
Technologies Underscore Nuclear Proliferation Challenges
The ease with which states and others might obtain nuclear
technology has made the job of U.N. officials charged with policing
the spread of nuclear material an ability that much more difficult.
Jeffrey Kaye reports on the science behind the fight against nuclear
Louis Charbonneau of Reuters updates the nuclear treaty review.
May 25, 2005
Agrees to Continue Moratorium on Nuclear Activities
Iranian delegates and members of a European Union team meeting
in Geneva agreed to a two-month suspension of negotiations Wednesday
following three hours of talks aimed at ending Iran's nuclear
May 5, 2005
Official Outlines Dangers of Nations Gaining Nuclear Weapons Capabilities
As diplomats meet to review the nuclear nonproliferation treaty
in New York, tensions between the United States and Iran and North
Korea over nuclear weapons continue to grow. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary
of state for political affairs, talks about what the United States
hopes to achieve at the conference.
May 4, 2005
Joins Russia in Effort to Secure Nuclear Weapons
Second only to the United States, Russia maintains one of
the world's largest nuclear stockpiles. But, concerns that "loose
nukes"-- dismantled weapons left over from the days of the
U.S.-Soviet arms race -- may fall into the hands of terrorists
have strengthened efforts by President Bush and Russian President
Vladimir Putin to secure these deadly weapons.
May 3, 2005
Says It Will Resume Nuclear Activity
On the opening day of a U.N. conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty, Iran announced Tuesday that it will continue pursuing
all "legal" nuclear activities, including the enrichment of uranium,
which the United States and Europe says is a part of a nuclear
May 2, 2005
Holds Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review
Diplomats from more than 180 countries gathered in New York Monday
for the opening of the seventh review of the Treaty for the Nonproliferation
of Nuclear Weapons, the global pact signed in 1968 that aimed
to stem the flow of nuclear weapons to non-nuclear states and
gradually disarm the five recognized nuclear powers. Henry Sokolski,
former deputy for nonproliferation policy during the first Bush
administration, and Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms
Control Association, discuss expectations for the month-long conference.
March 11, 2005
Americans United in Negotiations with Iran
The U.S. and the European Union announced Friday that they have
joined forces to get Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
February 24, 2005
Bush, Putin Outline Support for Tracking Nuclear Material
President Bush ended his four-day European trip Thursday with
a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Slovakia. President
Bush raised his concerns about Russia's commitment to democracy,
though the two leaders agreed to lead the fight against nuclear
February 18, 2005
Remains Defiant of West Demands to End Nuclear Efforts
Elizabeth Farnsworth reports from Iran on how the country is responding
to the Bush administration's sharp criticism of its nuclear weapons
February 10, 2005
Korea Declares Itself a Nuclear Power
The North Korean government announced for the first time that
it possesses nuclear weapons and would pull out of six-party talks
aimed at shutting down its program.
February 4, 2005
Targets Iran's Nuclear Program During the State of the Union
In his State of the Union speech, President Bush identified Iran
as a state sponsor of terrorism. Margaret Warner leads a discussion
on how the United States should handle Iran's nuclear program
with two nuclear experts.
ElBaradei Outlines International Policy Toward Iran
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei
speaks with Margaret Warner about Iran's alleged nuclear proliferation
program and the international nuclear threat.
February 11, 2004
Bush Calls for Tougher Nuclear Safeguards
President Bush on Wednesday urged a stronger international effort
to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction, calling the
potential use of such weapons in attacks "the greatest threat
before humanity today."
February 5, 2004
Pardons Nuclear Blackmarketeer
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced today that he will
pardon Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of the Pakistani atomic weapons
program, who has admitted sharing his nuclear know-how with Libya,
Iran and North Korea.
January 21, 2004
Recounts Experience Inside North Korea's Nuclear Site
Siegfried Hecker, former director of the U.S. nuclear weapons
laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., told Congress hat he found no
evidence of a nuclear weapons program during his recent visit
to North Korea.
December 30, 2003
Agrees to Disarm Under IAEA Inspection
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has consented to opening his borders
to U.N. weapons inspectors, the international community has begun
to debate who should dismantle the country’s weapons of mass destruction.
November 26, 2003
Censures Iran for Nuclear Cover-up, Praises Renewed Cooperation
The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution
Wednesday condemning Iran's 18-year cover-up of its nuclear program
but applauding the country's new efforts at openness and cooperation.
October 20, 2003
Softens Rhetoric on North Korea
When President Bush met with Asian leaders over the weekend, he
announced that he will consider granting North Korea security
guarantees if the communist power gives up its nuclear program.
August 29, 2003
Talks End with Little Progress on North Korean Program
A multinational summit over North Korea's nuclear weapons program
ended in Beijing with North Korea threatening to launch more nuclear
April 24, 2003
Korea Increases Rhetoric During Nuclear Talks
During talks with U.S. and Chinese officials in Beijing, a North
Korean official reportedly admitted his country has nuclear weapons,
and might test, export or even use them if provoked.
Chief Reports Little New Information Found in Iraq
Chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei reported to the
U.N. Security Council yesterday on the first 60 days of inspections
January 10, 2003
Korea Withdraws from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Ray Suarez discusses North Korea's withdrawal from the 1968 Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty with former State Department official
Joel Wit and Henry Sokolski, a former Defense Department official.
Point Person on North Korea Updates the Situation
Margaret Warner talks with Assistant Secretary of State for East
Asian Affairs James Kelly, the U.S. State Department point man
on North Korea.
May 31, 2002
Between Pakistan, India Raise Specter of Nuclear War
Exploring the risks and possible consequences of a nuclear war
between India and Pakistan.
November 5, 2001
Groups Struggle to Contain Former Soviet Nukes
Securing the world's largest stockpile of nuclear warheads in
the former Soviet Union.
Discusses ABM Treaty, Nuclear Reduction Efforts
Recently returned from Moscow, Secretary Rumsfeld discusses the
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, nuclear weapons reductions and
the future of the U.S. military with Ray Suarez.
October 14, 1999
of the 1999 Defeat of the Test Ban Treaty in the U.S. Senate
Two experts discuss the upcoming Senate vote on the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty and President Clinton's attempt to delay a decision.
October 11, 1999
Test Ban Treaty Appears Headed for Defeat
Two experts discuss the upcoming Senate vote on the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty and President Clinton's attempt to delay a decision.
June 10, 1998
Administration Advocates New Missile Treaty
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appealed to Russia and the
U.S. Congress to ratify a treaty reducing by half U.S. and Russian
long-range nuclear warheads. Albright hopes this treaty will set
an example for India and Pakistan.
June 8, 1998
French President Jaques Chirac
The French president discusses labor problems and nuclear proliferation.
June 3, 1998
Draws Fire for Lack of Intelligence on India's Nuclear Efforts
Acting Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, Admiral
David Jeremiah, testified before Congress on the intelligence
community's failure to foresee India's nuclear tests.
May 28, 1998
Detonates Five Nuclear Weapons, Draws International Fire
U.S. national security adviser Samuel Berger reacts to the news
that Pakistan has tested its own nuclear weapons two weeks after
The Pakistani ambassador to the United States defends his country's
India's ambassador to the U.S. offers his country's response.
May 14, 1998
Braces for Possible Pakistani Nuclear Test
After setting off five underground blasts, India has said it is
finished testing its nuclear capabilities. Is the scare of a chain
reaction over or could a regional arms race still begin?
May 13, 1998
Round of Indian Nuclear Tests Raise Specter of Arms Race
India shocked the world once again after announcing it had conducted
another series of nuclear tests. India's actions have heightened
fears that the world is on the verge of a new nuclear arms race.
May 12, 1998
Nuclear Tests Spark Firestorm of Criticism
India announced it had set off three nuclear explosions underground.
This in turn has set off a global outcry. Pakistan, India's uneasy
neighbor, has promised to conduct its own tests, and the U.S.
has promised to implement sanctions.
March 19, 1998
Security Adviser Warns of Little Security Over Soviet Nukes
Former Russian security adviser Alexander Lebed today testified
that the danger of "loose nukes" in the hands of terrorists is
very real. According to Mr. Lebed and other experts, the threat
arises not just from the nuclear weapons themselves, but also
from the scientists once employed to build the bombs for the Soviet