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Iran says 'nuclear spy' arrested, bailed

Tehran - Iran has arrested a "spy" involved in the nuclear negotiations with world powers but has not yet formally charged the suspect, the judiciary's spokesman told reporters on Sunday."(News of) the arrest of the infiltrating spy is true.

US sought 'leverage' with $400 mn payment to Iran

Washington - The United States acknowledged that it waited for Iran to release American prisoners before delivering $400 million in cash that it owed the country, but again insisted the payment was not ransom.

N.Korea says it has resumed plutonium production: Kyodo

Toukyo - North Korea says it has resumed plutonium production from spent fuel rods and has no plans to stop nuclear tests as long as the United States still "threatens" Pyongyang, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report

Washington - Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday.

Nagasaki marks 71st atomic bombing anniversary

Toukyo - The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Tuesday marked 71 years since its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year.

Iran nuclear scientist executed for spying for US

Tehran - Iran has executed a nuclear scientist convicted of handing over "confidential and vital" information to the United States, a judicial spokesman said.

Israel minister admits Iran has respected nuclear deal

Jerusalem - Israel's energy minister on Sunday criticised a landmark nuclear accord between the Jewish state's arch-foe Iran and world powers but said Tehran had so far respected the deal.

N. Korea accuses US of seeking 'pre-emptive nuclear strike'

Seoul - North Korea has accused Washington of planning a pre-emptive nuclear strike, after the US announced it would deploy its B-1 bomber in the Pacific for the first time in a decade.

Japan marks Hiroshima bombing anniversary

Toukyo - Japan on Saturday marked 71 years since the city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a US atomic bomb, as its mayor urged the world to unite in abolishing nuclear weapons.

Shifting from Russia, Ukraine strikes US nuclear fuel deal

Kiev - Ukraine said Thursday it had reached an agreement with the US-based electric giant Westinghouse to build a nuclear fuel production unit that would help reduce its reliance on Russia.

White House denies Iran ransom payment

Washington - The White House on Wednesday denied renewed accusations that it paid Iran ransom for the release of four American prisoners, parrying a tidal wave of condemnations from Republicans.

US, North Korea trade barbs over nuclear weapon tests

Vientiane - North Korea said any decision to conduct another nuclear test depends entirely on the behaviour of the United States as the two sides traded blame Tuesday over tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Suspect North Korean nuclear site identified: Report

Seoul - A US think-tank said Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country's illicit uranium enrichment efforts.

N. Korea says missile tests simulated nuclear strike on South

Seoul - North Korea said Wednesday its latest ballistic missile tests trialled detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on US targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.

EU probes French state rescue of nuclear firm Areva

Brussels - EU anti-trust regulators opened an investigation into the restructuring of the French state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

British MPs back new PM and vote to update nuclear deterrent

London - New British Prime Minster Theresa May on Monday won her first parliamentary battle when MPs overwhelmingly voted to replace the ageing submarines that carry Britain's nuclear arsenal.

China 'may build nuclear plants' in South China Sea

Bejing - China may build mobile nuclear power plants in the South China Sea, state media reported on Friday, days after an international tribunal dismissed Beijing's vast claims in the strategically vital waters.

Fukushima reactor makers not liable: Japan court

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Wednesday turned down a class action lawsuit seeking damages from nuclear plant makers Toshiba, Hitachi and GE over the Fukushima meltdown disaster, the plaintiffs, one of the companies and a report said.

North Korea keeping nuclear test site ready: U.S. think tank

Seoul - Satellite imagery indicates a high-level of activity at North Korea's nuclear test site to ensure the facility is always ready for use on any orders from Pyongyang, a US think-tank said.

British MPs to vote on renewing nuclear deterrent on July 18

Varsovia - Britain's parliament will vote this month on renewing the Trident nuclear weapons programme, Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday as he sought to reassure NATO allies alarmed by Brexit.

Iran missile tests inconsistent with nuclear deal: UN report

New York - Iran's ballistic missile tests in March were "not consistent" with the spirit of the nuclear agreement signed with world powers, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council.

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un accused of cruelty

Seoul - North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-Un, who was personally blacklisted by the United States for the first time over allegations of human rights abuses, has repeatedly shrugged off pressure by the international community while asserting absolute control...

Germany may wait 100 years for nuclear waste storage site

Berlin - Germany may not have a final storage facility for its nuclear waste up and running until the next century, an expert report released on Tuesday suggested.

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima: Study

Sydney - Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday.Japan shut down dozens of reactors after a magnitude 9.

Japan says ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line

Toukyo - Japanese regulators said Monday that two ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line for up to 20 more years -- the first such exception under tighter safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

Dutch probe cross-border nuclear safety

Den Haag - The Dutch safety board announced on Wednesday it is launching an investigation into how the Netherlands works with its neighbours to prevent and handle any cross-border nuclear power accidents.

U.S., Russia cutting nuke arsenals, but modernising: Study

Stockholm - The world's biggest nuclear powers, the US and Russia, are slowly reducing their nuclear arsenals but are modernising their capacities, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday.

In turnaround, Sweden agrees to continue nuclear power

Stockholm - Sweden's left-wing government struck a deal with the opposition Friday to continue nuclear power for the foreseeable future, backtracking on its pledge to phase out atomic energy.

Mexico backs India's nuclear suppliers group bid

- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto backed India's bid to join a nuclear trade group as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Latin American nation.

'Indications' N. Korea has reactivated plutonium plant: UN watchdog

Vienna - North Korea may have reactivated a plant for reprocessing plutonium for use in nuclear weapons, the UN atomic watchdog said Monday, citing satellite imagery and echoing recent comments from a US think-tank."The indications that we have obtained...
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Protesters in Tokyo on Friday.
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Sign next to map in a Fukushima City park expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-...
Sign next to map in a Fukushima City park expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-usage time limit due to radiation level on soil and equipment.
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OFFICIAL: Iran s foreign minister  Mohammad Javad Zarif  and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shak...
OFFICIAL: Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands last summer after agreeing on an international nuclear deal at the Austria Center in Vienna.
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The Indian Point Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City was commissioned in the mi...
The Indian Point Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City was commissioned in the mid-seventies.
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Damage at Fukushima's Daiichi
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DIPLOMACY: Germany s foreign minister  Frank-Walter Steinmeier  European Union diplomat Federica Mog...
DIPLOMACY: Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union diplomat Federica Mogherini and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pose on stage at the Austria Center in Vienna on July 14 after reaching a multi-nation agreement to restrict Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions.
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The G8 Youth Defence Committee in action.
The G8 Youth Defence Committee in action.
200 000 people protested against Japan s nuclear restart in Tokyo.
200,000 people protested against Japan's nuclear restart in Tokyo.
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Tu-95MS at Engels Air Force Base; Strategic bomber  missile carrier  airborne surveillance.
Tu-95MS at Engels Air Force Base; Strategic bomber, missile carrier, airborne surveillance.
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The British nuclear attack submarine  HMS Sceptre.
The British nuclear attack submarine, HMS Sceptre.
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Another view of HMS Sceptre
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The 1 000 sq. mi. no-mans land around Chernobyl is known as the  Zone of Alienation.
The 1,000 sq. mi. no-mans land around Chernobyl is known as the "Zone of Alienation."
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Nuclear symbol over Iran.
Nuclear symbol over Iran.
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The K-27 was a November Class submarine. The picture is of the K-159  also a November Class sub.
The K-27 was a November Class submarine. The picture is of the K-159, also a November Class sub.
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The Ofek-9 was successfully launched into space on June 22. The first transmission received today co...
The Ofek-9 was successfully launched into space on June 22. The first transmission received today confirmed that the high-tech spy satellite had established and maintained orbit.
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Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4  where radiation le...
Workers must wear plastic suits and respirators for protection inside Reactor #4, where radiation levels remain so high shifts are limited to only 15 minutes per day.
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Fukushima explosions taken from the air
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Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat.  On April 26  1986  this amusement park was being r...
Wind blows through the desolate town of Pripyat. On April 26, 1986, this amusement park was being readied for the annual May Day celebrations when the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred.
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