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Iran back under nuclear deal limit, says UN watchdog

Vienna - The UN's atomic watchdog has verified that Iran has exported enough nuclear-grade heavy water to come back into line with last year's landmark deal with the West, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.

Watchdog warns 'nuclear terrorism' can strike anywhere

Vienna - "Nuclear terrorists" can strike anywhere, the head of the UN atomic watchdog warned Monday at the start of a week-long ministerial conference on preventing misuse of radioactive materials and attacks on facilities.

Iran says it will respond to US sanctions renewal

Tehran - Iran said on Friday that Congress's decision to renew US sanctions for 10 years was a violation of last year's nuclear agreement and promised an "appropriate" response.

N. Korea artillery drill targets South, Seoul unveils sanctions

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un conducted a large-scale artillery drill simulating an attack on the South Korean capital and other targets, as Seoul and Tokyo on Friday unveiled fresh unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons prog...

China to 'seriously' implement N. Korea UN sanctions

Bejing - Beijing will "seriously" implement new United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes, it said Thursday, with the measures set to hit Pyongyang's lucrative Chinese coal exports hard.

UN Security Council hits N.Korea with toughest-ever sanctions

New York - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously imposed its toughest sanctions on North Korea, placing a cap on the hermit state's key coal exports after its defiant nuclear tests.

CIA chief warns Trump against ripping up Iran deal

London - CIA director John Brennan warned Wednesday that tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, as US President-elect Donald Trump promised during his election campaign, would be "disastrous".

Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world's largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations.

Swiss reject speedy nuclear phaseout

Geneva - Switzerland's ageing nuclear reactors will keep running for the foreseeable future, after voters Sunday rejected a call to speed up the phaseout of the plants.A full 54.

UN watchdog chides Iran on minor nuclear deal breach

Vienna - The head of the UN atomic watchdog chided Iran on Thursday after a second minor breach this year by Tehran of the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

Iran missile programme 'non-negotiable': spokesman

Tehran - Iran's missile programme is "non-negotiable" and tests will continue, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Tuesday, following criticism from European Union diplomats.

Giant safety arch begins sliding over Chernobyl

Kiev - A giant arch shielding radioactive waste from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster began sliding into place Monday with a mission of keeping the site safe for generations to come.

Can Trump rip up the Iran deal? Easier said than done

Washington - As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama's second term.

N. Korea urges shift from US, Seoul says it has Trump's support

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday warned the incoming Donald Trump administration will have to acknowledge it as a nuclear state, as the South said the maverick billionaire had pledged to protect it.

Iran's Zarif urges Trump to stick to agreements

Bucharest - Iran's foreign minister called Wednesday on US president-elect Donald Trump to stick to international agreements following his threats during the election campaign to tear up a nuclear deal with Tehran.

Putin signs law halting plutonium disposal deal with US

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a law suspending an agreement with the United States on disposing of weapons-grade plutonium amid a rise in tensions with the West.

UN votes to launch talks on nuclear weapons ban

New York - A UN General Assembly committee on Thursday voted to launch negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons despite fierce opposition from the world's nuclear powers.

US reassures Asian allies no policy change on N.Korea

Toukyo - The United States on Thursday reassured its key Asian allies Japan and South Korea that its policy seeking North Korea's nuclear disarmament remains unchanged, after its intelligence chief called it a "lost cause".

US military detects failed N. Korean missile launch

Washington - The US military said Saturday it had detected an unsuccessful launch by North Korea of a powerful medium-range missile capable of hitting US bases as far away as Guam.

Gorbachev warns of 'dangerous point' as US-Russia ties sour

Moscow - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned on Monday that the world has reached a "dangerous point" as tensions between Russia and the United States spike over the Syria conflict.

Activity at North Korea rocket site fuels test concerns

Seoul - Analysis published Sunday of recent satellite images fuelled concerns that North Korea may be on the brink of another nuclear test or long-range rocket launch.

Activity at North Korea nuclear site fuels test fears

Seoul - Analysis of recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear test site shows activity at all three of its tunnel complexes, fuelling speculation of another test ahead of a key political anniversary next week.

Russia suspends US joint nuclear energy research

Moscow - Russia said Wednesday it was suspending joint research on nuclear energy projects with the United States, as Moscow's standoff with the West shows no sign of abating.

UN court rejects Marshall Islands nuclear case against Pakistan

Den Haag - The UN's highest court Wednesday threw out a bid by tiny Marshall Islands to sue Pakistan for "failing to halt the nuclear arms race", moments after rejecting a similar case against India.

UN's highest court rejects epic Marshall Islands nuclear case

Den Haag - The UN's highest court on Wednesday narrowly threw out landmark cases brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India, Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race.

Putin scraps plutonium disposal deal with 'unfriendly' US

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered a halt to an agreement with the United States on weapons-grade plutonium disposal in retaliation for Washington's "unfriendly actions" amid a wider standoff with the West.

South Korean president urges N. Koreans to defect

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country Saturday and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South.

North Korea building new submarine: US think tank

Seoul - Recent satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be building a new, larger submarine for ballistic missiles, a US think tank has said, as the isolated state pushes its nuclear weapons programme.

Peres: architect of Israel nuclear programme as well as peace

Jerusalem - Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday aged 93, is famed for his peace efforts with the Palestinians but his role as architect of Israel's nuclear programme may prove his more lasting legacy.

Pentagon chief calls Russia out over 'nuclear saber-rattling'

Minot Afb - Russia could be more willing to deploy nuclear weapons today than the Soviet Union ever was during the Cold War, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Monday.
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