Bits from Abroad

December 2014

Russian forces “capable of being nuclear”moved to Crimea.
NATO’s top commander says Russia is reinforcing its bases in disputed Crimea, but there is no clear assessment of whether that includes deployment of nuclear weapons. U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove said that Russian forces “capable of being nuclear” are being moved to the Crimean Peninsula, but NATO doesn’t know if nuclear weapons are actually in place.

India successfully test-fired a medium-range nuclear-capable Agni-II missile with a strike
range of more than 2000 km from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army.
Russia has announced that it has decided not to engage in preparations for a nuclear summit in Washington, arguing that it serves little purpose and gives too much weight to
the U.S. The statement was the first confirmation by Moscow that it intends to
snub the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. U.S. and European officials
have earlier told The Associated Press that Moscow refused to participate. 89ee240d47b2e69c4/russia-explains-why-itwould-snub-nuclear-summit


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is spending $425 million for two supercomputers made by International. Business Machines (IBM). The advanced technology will be used on research projects related to science and nuclear weapons.
HNGN (Headline and Global News) North Korea has threatened to conduct a
nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country’s
human rights violations.  BBC