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UN Security Council readies N. Korea missile test reply

New York - UN Security Council diplomats on Thursday warned North Korea to expect a response after Pyongyang's repeated failed attempts to test-fire a powerful ballistic missile, the latest defiance of UN resolutions.

'All Belgians to get iodine pills' in case of nuclear accident

Brussels - Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday.

Two North Korea missile tests fail: South

Seoul - North Korea on Thursday made two failed bids to test fire a powerful, new medium-range ballistic missile, in a thwarted display of military strength ahead of a landmark ruling party congress.

Iran's Khamenei says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday, saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honoured.

UN chief urges end to 'madness' of nuclear weapons testing

Vienna - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for the US, China and other nuclear-armed states to end the "madness" of atomic testing by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which turns 20 this year.

N. Korea builds replica of South 'Blue House' for target practice

Seoul - North Korea is preparing to blow apart a replica of South Korea's presidential Blue House on an artillery range outside Pyongyang, in an apparent propaganda exercise, the South's military said Wednesday.

S. Korea's Park says North ready for nuclear test

Seoul - North Korea is ready to carry out a fifth nuclear test and could press the button at any time, South Korea's president said Tuesday, amid reports Pyongyang has readied a powerful, new mid-range missile for an imminent flight test.

Thirty years on, Ukraine mourns victims of Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Ukrainians held candlelit vigils Tuesday to mark 30 years since the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl spewed radiation across Europe and left several thousand people dead or dying.

Donors pledge cash to keep Chernobyl safe 30 years after disaster

Kiev - Global donors on Monday pledged additional money to help Ukraine keep Chernobyl safe for generations after causing the world's worst nuclear power disaster 30 years ago.The 87.

UN slams North Korea missile launch, Obama rejects test offer

New York - The UN Security Council echoed international condemnation Sunday of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test by North Korea, while US President Barack Obama dismissed Pyongyang's offer of a nuclear moratorium.

N. Korea's Kim hails 'successful' submarine missile test

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an "eye-opening success", state media said Sunday, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases.

U.S. warns North Korea over latest missile test

Washington - North Korea's test Saturday of what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile was "a clear violation" of UN Security Council resolutions, the United States said, warning it was watching intently.

N. Korea tests submarine-launched missile: South

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday tested what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry said.

US insists European banks can now deal with Iran

New York - The United States insisted Friday that foreign banks should feel free to do business with Iran after Tehran's compliance with a nuclear deal with world powers.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine next week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

Lessons of Chernobyl disaster, 30 years on

Vienna - Ukraine will next week mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, when human error and flawed Soviet reactor technology led to the world's worst nuclear accident.

South Korea, Japan, U.S. warn Pyongyang over possible nuclear test

Seoul - South Korea, Japan and the United States on Tuesday warned North Korea of harsher sanctions and deeper isolation if it went ahead with a fifth nuclear test or other provocations.

Chernobyl zone turns into testbed for Nature's rebound

Chernobyl - What happens when the site of the world's worst nuclear accident is left all but abandoned for nearly 30 years?

'Limited' activity at N. Korea nuclear test site: U.S. think-tank

Seoul - Recent satellite images show only "limited" activity at North Korea's nuclear test site, despite reports that Pyongyang is on the verge of conducting a fifth underground test, a US think-tank said Tuesday.

Georgia detains six over alleged plan to sell uranium

Tbili - Georgia has arrested three of its nationals and three citizens of Armenia for trying to sell the radioactive substance uranium-238, the ex-Soviet country's security services said Monday.

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Chernobyl - Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world's worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week.

30 years on, Chernobyl worker remembers disaster aftermath

Ukraine - Igor Magala can still remember the metallic taste he got in his mouth as he drove up to the Chernobyl nuclear power station on the morning of April 26, 1986.

Ukraine prepares to mark 30 years since Chernobyl shook the world

Kiev - Ukraine is preparing to mark 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident whose death toll remains a mystery and which continues to jeopardise the local population's health.

Preparations in 'final stages' for N. Korea nuclear test: Report

Seoul - A surge in activity at North Korea's atomic test site suggests preparations for a fifth nuclear test are in their final stages, possibly before a key political event in early May, South Korean media reported Sunday.

Luxembourg offers cash to help close ageing French nuke plant

Luxembourg - Luxembourg offered on Monday to chip in financing to close an ageing French nuclear power plant near its border, saying the tiny nation could be obliterated if the station malfunctioned.

US ready to raise pressure on N. Korea, open to talks: Kerry

Yokogawa - Washington is ready to "ratchet up" pressure on an increasingly aggressive North Korea, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, but remains open to negotiations if Pyongyang scraps its nuclear weapon development.

U.S. to North Korea: Refrain from acts that 'destabilize' region

Washington - The United States on Saturday sternly admonished North Korea against acts that could "further destabilize" the region, amid claims that it successfully tested a new engine designed for an inter-continental ballistic missile that could reach US shores.

North Korea says successfully tested ballistic missile engine

Seoul - North Korea said Saturday it had successfully tested an engine designed for an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that would "guarantee" an eventual nuclear strike on the US mainland.

UN hails nuclear terrorism accord

Vienna - The UN atomic agency hailed Friday the imminent entry into force of a key nuclear security agreement aimed at preventing extremists wreaking havoc by getting hold of nuclear material.

China restricts North Korea exports

Bejing - China on Tuesday imposed restrictions on imports of North Korean coal and iron, Beijing's commerce ministry said, in line with United Nations sanctions on the country following its nuclear and missile tests.
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The 1,000 sq. mi. no-mans land around Chernobyl is known as the "Zone of Alienation."
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