In US-Iran Clash, Europe Struggles to Flex Muscles

Europe is often described as an economic giant, but a dwarf in the push and shove of world politics. This status is being put to the test once again as tensions escalate between the United States and Iran, leaving the European Union in the middle and potentially unable to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

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North Korea Fires Several Short-Range Projectiles Into Sea

North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said, a likely sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington meant to provide coveted sanctions relief in return for nuclear disarmament.

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Trump and Putin Discuss Nuclear Weapons, Mueller Report

President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about nuclear weapons, the possibility of getting China into a three-party arms control pact and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela where Moscow is propping up the current government over the U.S.-backed opposition.

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How to Survive Nuclear Apocalypse: Don’t Build Nukes

While street promoters for a new television series proclaimed the “end is nigh” and urged SXSW attendees to come have one “last” drink from a wine-dispensing tree Friday afternoon, nuclear weapons experts on one of the festival’s panels said the world might avoid destroying itself by reprioritizing arms control and bringing in new voices to nuclear nonproliferation discussions.

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Kim Jong Un Crosses Into South, Shakes Hands With Moon

With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world’s most heavily armed border to greet his rival, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim then invited Moon to cross briefly north with him before they returned to the southern side.

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