Airmen responsible for missile operations at Minot Air Force Base would have failed their portion of a major inspection in March 2013 but managed a “marginal” rating because their poor marks were blended with the better performance of support staff – like cooks and facilities managers – and they got a boost from the base’s highly rated training program. The “marginal” rating, the equivalent of a “D” in school, was reported previously. Now, details of the low performance by the launch officers, or missileers, entrusted with the keys to missiles have been revealed.
The United States says it has no reason to be concerned by Japan’s stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium, even as China voices strong objections to the nuclear reserve. Responding to questions from reporters, Joseph Macmanus, the U.S. ambassador to the United … Continue reading
Why is the world watching Iran’s nuclear program? Because many countries have accused the Islamic State of pursuing nuclear weapons capability, although Iran insists that its program is peaceful. Read on to see how they are affected by the interim deal, then take a bird’s eye tour of seven nuclear hotspots in Iran.
On the streets of Tehran, how are citizens reacting to the completion of an interim deal over Iran’s nuclear program? Hari Sreenivasan talks to William Brangham of NewsHour Weekend about the pressure on President Rouhani and what role economic sanctions have played in fueling diplomatic negotiations. Continue reading
President Obama urged Congress to hold off on imposing new sanctions on Iran while negotiations over that nation’s nuclear program are in progress. Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to offer insight on the factors influencing lawmakers, including distrust of Iran, worries about maintaining leverage and pressure from Israel. Continue reading
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David Albright joins Hari Sreenivasan from Boston to discuss how close Iran is to developing a nuclear weapon, as well as Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s op-ed in the Washington Post. Albright is the founder and President of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS). Continue reading
Japan announced plans to build a frozen wall around the damaged Fukushima power plant in an attempt to stop radioactive leaks, amid news that water used to cool nuclear reactors has been leaking into groundwater. Tom Clarke of Independent Television News reports on the government’s efforts to step in and stop the contamination. Continue reading
The Japanese government is planning to build an ice wall around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant to try to stop radioactive water leaks. Jeffrey Brown examines the risks and potential political fallout with Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environment Research and Kenji Kushida of Stanford University. Continue reading
In other news Monday, after 53 hours in the water Diana Nyad, 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. It was the fifth time Nyad attempted the feat across the 110-mile Florida Strait. Also, nuclear officials raised concerns over new leaks at the damaged Fukushima Power Plant in Japan. Continue reading