At the end of a two-day summit of Asian-Pacific leaders in Bangkok, U.S. President George W. Bush received general support for his new plan to offer North Korea a written nonaggression pledge, but the final summit statement today did not specifically mention North Korea (see GSN, Oct. 20).
GENEVA — During the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union armed strategic ballistic missiles with the deadly smallpox virus and readied them for use against the United States, a former Soviet military biologist said here yesterday.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has found no evidence that the Bush administration pressured U.S. intelligence analysts to produce reports fitting the White House’s views on the threat posed by Iraq, USA Today reported today (see GSN, Oct. 20).
WASHINGTON — The United States has amended its national export control laws to make it easier to export nuclear technology to Kazakhstan, according to a notice published today in the Federal Register (see GSN, May 22, 2002).
GENEVA — For the past two years U.S. lawmakers and health officials have worked feverishly to strengthen the nation against a terrorist attack using biological weapons, but global biological defenses are still plagued by inattention or underfunding, according to several health officials and experts at a Smallpox Biosecurity conference here yesterday (see GSN, Oct. 22).
WASHINGTON — Increased efforts are needed to improve the security of stockpiles of nuclear weapons and related materials throughout the world, a Harvard University researcher said in a report released yesterday, calling such a move “the most critical and cost-effective step” toward preventing terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons (see GSN, Sept. 23).
Many U.S. military officers believe the United States has deployed national missile defense systems that are, in fact, only under development, according to a recent study by the Naval War College, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
After submitting a report on Iran’s nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency yesterday, an Iranian official acknowledged that the report does not identify the origin of some controversial uranium enrichment technology (see GSN, Oct. 23).
The CIA Friday defended its handling of prewar intelligence on Iraq, which has reportedly come under criticism in a report being prepared by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, according to the New York Times (see GSN, Oct. 24).
U.S. Army officials will not begin burning chemical weapons at the Umatilla Military Chemical Demilitarization Facility in Oregon until late spring or early summer of next year, the Hermiston (Ore.) Herald reported last week (see GSN, Aug. 14).