Nuclear weapons

Is North Korea about to test another nuke?

2 April 2023 12:14 am

North Korea’s spring has started with a bang. The United States and South Korea have staged their largest joint military exercises in five years,…

My childhood Cold War fears are back

2 April 2022 9:00 am

On the day before my seventh birthday, which I spent at my grandma’s in Yorkshire, a young man named Raymond…

What does it mean to go ‘full tonto’?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The wild one Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that Vladimir Putin had gone ‘full tonto’. The word tonto is used…

What really went on at Britain's Bikini Atoll?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries takes the ferry to Orford Ness, a strange shingle spit on the Suffolk coast, where art mingles with death

The increasing cruelty of the North Korean regime

12 June 2021 4:15 pm

On a humid summer’s day in Singapore three years ago today, Donald Trump became the first incumbent US president to…

A nuclear crisis is closer than you think

22 May 2021 8:02 pm

It has long been widely accepted as orthodoxy that the world was saved from nuclear war during the Cuban Missile…

The West's shameful Iranian capitulation

12 April 2021 5:42 pm

On a sweltering day in July 2018, German police pulled over a scarlet Ford S-Max hire car that was travelling…

Kim Jong-un could play Trump like a $10 fiddle. Here’s how

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Last year, Donald Trump called Kim Jong-un a ‘little rocket man’ and tweeted a photo boasting that his own nuclear…


9 September 2017 9:00 am

More or less a million One in 79 Britons is now a millionaire thanks to property price rises. The word…

Going nuclear

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Wednesday marked the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Nagasaki. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki prompted…

If he’s lucky, Jeremy Corbyn might be as good on defence as Nero

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nicholas Houghton is worried that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will never use the existing…

The triumph of nuclear weapons – and the defeat of nuclear power

15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘I visited the black marble obelisk which marks the epicentre of the explosion, and I saw the plain domestic wall-clock…

Forget Geneva: the real US-Iran carve-up is happening in Iraq

21 March 2015 9:00 am

While Obama talks centrifuges in Geneva, Iranian-backed militia are redrawing the map of Iraq

When Israel was but a dream

22 February 2014 9:00 am

‘On the night of 15 April 1897, a small, elegant steamer is en route from Egypt’s Port Said to Jaffa.’…