Jack Kim / Reuters
North Korea has plenty of military firepower even if its threat this week of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States is a hollow one, with South Korea most at risk from the isolated regime’s artillery and rockets.
Matthew Pennington and Josh Lederman /AP
The U.S. is fully capable of defending itself against a North Korean ballistic missile attack, the White House said Thursday, after Pyongyang threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States
The U.N. Security Council responded swiftly to North Korea’s latest nuclear test by punishing the reclusive regime Thursday with tough, new sanctions targeting its economy and leadership, despite Pyongyang’s threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.
Joohee Cho / ABC News
The U.N. Security Council today brushed off a threat by North Korea to launch a “pre-emptive nuclear strike” and voted to impose tough new sanctions on the country as punishment for its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile program.
Gautam Naik / the Wall Street Journal
New research suggests average global temperatures were higher in the past decade than over most of the previous 11,300 years, a finding that offers a long-term context for assessing modern-day climate change.
John Vidal / The Guardian
The chances of the world holding temperature rises to 2C – the level of global warming considered “safe” by scientists reporting the second-greatest annual rise in CO2 emissions in 2012.
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Kissinger, Nunn, Perry, and Shultz, now in their fifth Wall Street Journal op-ed, continue to highlight the dangers of an oversized nuclear arsenal in “Next Steps in Reducing Nuclear Risks.”
The UN Security Council has voted to impose sanctions against Norh Korea in response to last month’s nuclear test. The sanctions, intended to hinder North Korea’s weapons programs, impose financial and travel restrictions on dipolmats and individuals associated with DPRK military.
The defense budget can be cut responsibly, but sequester is not the right way to do it. A strategic approach to funding the military is needed now more than ever, even if it is increasingly difficutlt to take this long-term approach given the near-term political fights.