Weapons administration

In this July 8, 2019, photo, acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon. The Pentagon says that Esper expects to be formally nominated for the top job very soon, setting off a complicated leadership replacement shuffle at top Army, Navy and senior Defense Department levels(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 12, 2019 - 4:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America's most advanced fighter jet...
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Kim You-geun, deputy chief of South Korea's presidential national security office, speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 12, 2019. South Korea proposed an investigation by the United Nations or another international body as it continues to reject Japanese claims that Seoul could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea. (Lee Yun-chung/Newsis via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 9:41 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it wants an investigation by the United Nations or another international body as it continues to reject Japanese claims that Seoul could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea. Kim You-geun, deputy director of South...
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July 12, 2019 - 9:13 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday that it will refrain from signing a United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, with the foreign minister arguing that the treaty "in its current form is not ready." Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the text has "no clear definition of nuclear...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about foreign policy at The Graduate Center at CUNY, Thursday July 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
July 11, 2019 - 2:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden promised on Thursday to end "forever wars" and reassert American leadership to combat authoritarianism and global instability he says are proliferating under President Donald Trump. Biden outlined his foreign policy vision in a speech in...
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The Iranian flag waves outside of the UN building that hosts the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, office inside in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
July 11, 2019 - 1:49 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 10:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is again calling for "maximum restraint" in the Persian Gulf region and warning all parties that a new confrontation "would be a...
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French presidential envoy Emmanuel Bonne, left, is welcomed by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani for a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
July 10, 2019 - 10:13 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has told France's presidential envoy that Tehran has left the door open for diplomacy on the 2015 nuclear deal. France and other countries have called on Iran to go...
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July 09, 2019 - 8:27 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 3:25 p.m. European parties to a nuclear deal with Iran say they have "deep concern" that Iran has begun enriching uranium to a higher purity than allowed under the agreement and are calling for...
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Spokesman for Iran's atomic agency Behrouz Kamalvandi attends a press briefing in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, July 7, 2019. The deputy foreign minister says that his nation considers the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers to be a "valid document" and seeks its continuation. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
July 08, 2019 - 6:22 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The acknowledgement by the...
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In this May 28, 2019 photo, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi speaks at a press conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran remains open to diplomacy to save its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers but has "no hope" in the international community, the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday, July 8, 2019, as the Islamic Republic broke the limit the agreement put on its enrichment of uranium. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
July 08, 2019 - 12:43 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling on world powers to escalate pressure on Iran in response to its breaching of the 2015 nuclear deal. Netanyahu, a longtime opponent of the landmark accord that U.S...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Christians United for Israel's annual summit, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 08, 2019 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. will keep up pressure on Iran as the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers appears to be crumbling. Pence said in a speech Monday to a pro-Israel Christian organization in Washington that the U.S. will "never allow Iran...
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