Weapons administration

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich talk before a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Esper is on a visit to Vietnam to strengthen the military relations with the Southeast Asian nation. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
November 21, 2019 - 3:55 pm
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper is returning from Asia with the U.S. still facing a trio of troubles on the Korean peninsula that pose risks to the national security of the U.S. and one of its most important alliances in the region. The toughest of these problems, and arguably...
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Traffic passes a building that was set ablaze during recent protests over government-set gasoline prices rises, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The demonstrations struck at least 100 cities and towns, spiraling into violence that saw banks, stores and police stations attacked and burned. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
November 21, 2019 - 12:10 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Six conservationists working to save the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah have been sentenced to prison on internationally criticized espionage charges in Iran, activists said Thursday, even as protests and unrest continue in parts of the country amid a...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, is welcomed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after arriving for a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)
November 20, 2019 - 1:21 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany sought Wednesday to ease French worries about NATO by offering to set up a group of experts to examine the alliance’s security challenges after President Emmanuel Macron lamented the “brain death” of the military organization. Macron's public criticism of NATO — notably, a...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, and South Korea defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo attend a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. Esper and his South Korean counterpart announced Sunday that U.S. and South Korea are postponing a joint military air exercise that North Korea has criticized as provocative. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
November 17, 2019 - 2:48 am
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated North Korean...
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In this Nov. 9, 2019, photo, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, a prominent member of Iran's powerful Guardian Council, speaks in an interview with The Associated Press, in Tehran, Iran. A prominent member of Iran’s powerful Guardian Council has told The Associated Press that the Islamic Republic should stop honoring the terms of its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers amid tensions with the U.S. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
November 14, 2019 - 4:03 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A member of Iran’s powerful Guardian Council says the Islamic Republic should stop honoring all terms of the collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers amid tensions with the U.S. Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei says that while Iran has “shown a lot of patience,” it has been more than...
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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a public gathering in the city of Rafsanjan in Iran's southwest Kerman province, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Rouhani on Monday called on hard-liners to support the country's troubled nuclear deal, saying it could open up international arms sales for the Islamic Republic next year. (Office of the Iranian Presidency via AP)
November 11, 2019 - 5:44 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is producing even more low-enriched uranium daily than previously thought, after resuming enrichment at an underground laboratory built in a mountain, the head of the country's nuclear program told The Associated Press on Monday. Ali Akbar Salehi of the Atomic Energy...
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Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, talks to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, right, and Malta's Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela during an European Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. European Union foreign ministers are discussing ways to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact after the Islamic Republic began enrichment work at its Fordo power plant. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
November 11, 2019 - 3:34 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday debated ways to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact after the Islamic Republic began enrichment work at its Fordo site in a fresh act of defiance that seems likely to spell the end of the painstakingly drafted international agreement. At...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2012, file photo, an FBI poster showing a composite image of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, right, of how he would look like now after five years in captivity, and an image, center, taken from the video, released by his kidnappers, and a picture before he was kidnapped, left, displayed during a news conference in Washington. Iran is acknowledging for the first time it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court over the 2007 disappearance of a former FBI agent on an unauthorized CIA mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Robert Levinson was "on going," without elaborating. The Associated Press obtained the text of the filing Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
November 10, 2019 - 9:35 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday said an open Revolutionary Court case involving an ex-FBI agent who disappeared there in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission "was a missing person" filing, not a sign that the man was being prosecuted. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi's...
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Thomas Zerzecki, an envoy for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation attends a meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Serbia's foreign minister has expressed hope that the U.S. won't introduce sanctions against the Balkan country as he met a U.S. official in charge of embargo against the states which purchase weapons from Russia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
November 08, 2019 - 12:09 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Declaring they had "nothing to hide," Serbian officials expressed hope on Friday that the U.S. wouldn't punish the Balkan country with sanctions that it levies on states which buy weapons from Russia. Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic made his remarks after talks in...
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November 08, 2019 - 5:03 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says the world is becoming increasingly unstable because the U.S. doesn't want to abide by arms control regimes. Speaking at a conference on disarmament in Moscow on Friday, Sergey Lavrov accused the U.S. of seeing arms control treaties as a constraint to its...
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