Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
6/27/2001 from Reuters:
Russia Tests Old Missile in Apparent Hint to U.S.
Wednesday June 27 6:12 AM ET
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia test-fired a 26-year-old
ballistic missile on Wednesday, hinting the weapon could
gain new life as a ``hydra-headed'' countermeasure if
the United States pressed on with President Bush's
defense plans. The Russian military said it had
test-fired a huge Stiletto missile from Russia's space
base at Baikonur in Kazakhstan. ...
6/29/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010629/wl/arms_russia_usa_dc_1.html
Russia Open to ABM Changes, Top General Says
Friday June 29 8:35 AM ET
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is open to changes to the 1972
ABM treaty, which bans a missile defense system planned
by the United States, news agencies quoted a top Russian
general as saying on Friday.
Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, a military hawk in
charge of international cooperation, said Russia ``does
not rule out amendments to this agreement, but what the
United States is demanding will lead to the collapse of
the entire accord,'' RIA news agency quoted him as
6/29/2001 from the LA Weekly:
Physics of Folly
Why a Missile-Defense System Can Never Work
By Joshuah Bearman LA Weekly Writer
Friday June 29 05:00 PM EDT
" ... Ted Postol, a physicist and former Pentagon
adviser who is now a professor of science, technology
and national-security policy at MIT, is a leading critic
of missile defense. Building a $60-billion-plus system,
he argues, provides the worst of both worlds: no
effective defense and less international stability. In a
telephone interview from his MIT office, Postol explains
why the so-called kill vehicles won't kill anything, why
having them will make the world more dangerous, and why
the whole scheme is as dumb now as when Ronald Reagan
was seduced by the Star Wars fantasy. ..."
6/29/2001 from U.S. Newswire:
Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers Experts Criticize
Bush Plan to Deploy Rudimentary Missile Defense by 2004
7/4/2001 from The New York Times:
U.S. - Russia Center Opening Delayed
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 4, 2001 Filed at 10:24 a.m. ET
MOSCOW (AP) -- The opening of a Russian-U.S. center that
would expand cooperation on preventing accidental
missile launches has been delayed because of
organizational problems following the change in the U.S.
administration, a Russian official said Wednesday. ...
7/6/2001 from AP:
Russia Initiates Arms, ABM Talks
By JOHN IAMS, Associated Press Writer
Friday July 6 8:10 AM ET
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has invited the four other leading
nuclear powers to start a permanent consultation process
that would encourage deeper nuclear arms cuts and help
preserve the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a
senior Foreign Ministry official said Friday. ...
The Foreign Ministry's chief spokesman, Alexander
Yakovenko, said in a statement released Friday that the
proposed consultation process involving Russia, the
United States, Britain, France and China - all permanent
members of the United Nations Security Council - must
focus on ways to ensure strategic stability.
The consultations should address Russia's proposal for
Moscow and Washington to cut their nuclear arsenals to
1,500 nuclear warheads each, he said. ...
7/6/2001 from AP:
Pentagon Sets Missile Defense Test
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
Friday July 6 4:40 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - After months of delay, the Pentagon
said Friday it will attempt to shoot down a missile
outside the Earth's atmosphere on July 14, the first
missile defense test of its kind since a failed
intercept one year ago. ...
7/6/2001 from AP:
Bush Wants to Cut Global Warming Aid
Friday, July 6, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush, after faulting
the Kyoto climate treaty for excluding developing
nations from its requirements, wants to cut U.S.
aid for helping Third World countries combat
global warming. ...
7/7/2001 from The New York Times:
White House Wants to Bury Pact Banning Tests of Nuclear Arms
By THOM SHANKER and DAVID E. SANGER
July 7, 2001
WASHINGTON, July 6 - In its first six months, the Bush
administration has been examining ways to escape
permanently from an unratified international agreement
banning nuclear tests, just as it has moved to scrap the
Antiballistic Missile Treaty and has rebelled against a
global warming pact that it believes would cripple
But State Department lawyers told the White House that a
president cannot withdraw a treaty from the Senate once
it has been presented for approval. So, administration
officials said, President Bush has resolved to let the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty languish in the Senate,
where its supporters concede they do not have the votes
to revive it. ...
7/8/2001 from AP:
Rumsfeld Charts Missile Defense Course
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
Updated: Sun, Jul 08 12:49 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration wants to
greatly expand the number and kinds of testing it
believes is needed to build effective missile defenses,
and is willing to spend billions more to do it. ...
Having declared the ABM treaty a Cold War relic, the
administration plans to go ahead with testing without
regard to treaty limitations ...
7/10/2001 from The New York Times:
Pentagon to Seek Money for Testing Missile Defense
By JAMES DAO
July 10, 2001
WASHINGTON, July 9 - The Pentagon is preparing to ask
Congress for money to build a missile defense test site
in Alaska that could also become the command center for
a working antimissile system as early as 2004, military
If it becomes operational, the site will be a clear
violation of the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty,
which allows some testing of antimissile technology but
forbids deployment of a shield against long-range
missiles in any state except North Dakota. ...
... the Pentagon would also build silos and missile
storage facilities for about five interceptors at Fort
Greely, which military planners view as the likely base
for a system of ground-launched interceptors ...
7/10/2001 At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
A Delicate Nuclear Balance
By ANATOL LIEVEN
7/11/2001 from MSNBC and AP:
Human embryos created for research
Novel stem cell source sparks controversy
MSNBC STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
July 11 - For the first time, researchers have created
human embryos in the lab for the sole purpose of
harvesting their stem cells. ...
Virginia Lab Creates Human Embryos
Updated: Wed, Jul 11 2:20 PM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Scientists at Eastern Virginia
Medical School have created human embryos from donated
eggs and sperm for the sole purpose of harvesting
embryonic stem cells for research, according to a study
published Wednesday. ... The results of the work by
researchers at the medical school's Jones Institute for
Reproductive Medicine appear in the July issue of the
journal Fertility and Sterility, the official
publication of the American Society of Reproductive
A biotech firm, Applied Cell Technology of
Massachusetts, has done something similar since early
last year, but while it uses donor eggs it does not
fertilize them with sperm cells. Instead, it replaces
the nuclei of the donated eggs with genetic material
from adult cells, and then clones the results. The
company calls the subject of its research an "ovumsum,"
not an embryo. ...
7/11/2001 from The Washington Post:
Funding Gap For Defense Is Predicted
Rumsfeld Plan Faulted On Cost and Priorities
By Vernon Loeb, Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 11, 2001; Page A02
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said
yesterday he doubts there is enough money to pay for the
Bush administration's proposed $328.9 billion defense
budget for fiscal 2002 without running a deficit,
dipping into the Social Security trust fund or cutting
important domestic programs. ...
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