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N. Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Seoul - South Korea's military said Monday it was closely monitoring North Korean facilities after a series of satellite images triggered international alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.

S. Korea's Moon urges new US-North denuclearisation talks

Seoul - South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged the US and North Korea to quickly resume denuclearisation talks after their Hanoi summit last week ended without a deal.

Global arms control architecture 'collapsing': UN

Geneva - The international arms control system is facing collapse, the United Nations chief said Monday, as he urged Russia and the US to stop the imminent demise of a crucial nuclear treaty.

Poland to buy US rocket system for $414 million

Warsaw - Poland said Sunday it will buy mobile rocket launchers worth $414 million (365 million euros) from the United States, as Warsaw seeks closer ties with Washington amid concerns over a resurgent Russia.

Iran Revolutionary Guards unveil 'new ballistic missile'

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Thursday unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometres, their official news agency Sepah News reported.

China opposes US withdrawal from INF

Bejing - China on Saturday said it opposes the US decision to withdraw from a landmark Cold War nuclear missile treaty and urged Washington and Russia to hold "constructive" discussions.

Iran denies any intention of boosting range of missiles

Tehran - Iran has "no intention of increasing the range" of its missiles, a senior defence official said Tuesday, amid threats of European as well as US sanctions over its ballistic programme.

Kalashnikov sales climb despite Western sanctions

Moscow - Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov said Thursday its sales rose sharply in 2018 despite Western sanctions that the firm acknowledges are causing customers to think more than twice before placing orders.

Israel, US test ballistic missile interceptor

Jerusalem - The Israeli and US defence ministries said Tuesday they had successfully tested ballistic missile interceptors deployed at Israeli airbases.

China 'needs three aircraft carriers': naval expert

Bejing - China needs "at least three aircraft carriers" to protect its extensive coastline and its interests abroad, a senior Chinese naval expert said Wednesday."Our country has an 18,000-kilometre (11,000-mile) long coastline.

Turkish minister says probing smuggled arms on Libya visit

Tripoli - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a visit to Libya Saturday an investigation into a shipment of arms smuggled from his country to the conflict-hit North African nation.

Venezuela-Russia wargames an 'alert' for region: Colombia

Apo - Venezuela's joint military exercises with Russia should put the entire South American continent on alert against an "unfriendly act", Colombia's President Ivan Duque warned Wednesday.

Iran confirms recent missile test amid Western criticism

Tehran - Iran confirmed on Tuesday that it had carried out a recent missile test after Western powers sharply criticised a December 1 launch of medium-range ballistic missiles."We are continuing our missile tests and this recent one was a.

Iran confirms recent missile test amid Western criticism

Tehran - Iran confirmed on Tuesday that it had carried out a recent test of a medium-range ballistic missile after Western powers sharply criticised a December 1 launch.

Chemical arms watchdog to 'review security' for Syria gas probe

Den Haag - The world's chemical watchdog said Monday it was reviewing security ahead of a possible probe into an alleged chemical attack in Syria's regime-held city of Aleppo over the weekend.

Iran failed to declare chemical weapons: US

Den Haag - The United States accused Iran on Thursday of failing to declare a toxic arms programme to the global chemical warfare watchdog, in breach of international agreements.

Russia warns of split in chemical arms body

Den Haag - Russia warned Tuesday of a split in the world chemical weapons watchdog after Moscow failed to stall the body's new powers to apportion blame for attacks like those in Syria.

Russia, China fail to block chemical arms body's new powers

Den Haag - Russia and China lost an acrimonious bid on Tuesday to stall the global chemical warfare watchdog's new powers to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria.

World powers clash over chemical arms watchdog's new role

Den Haag - World powers traded accusations of hypocrisy in bitter clashes on Monday over the global toxic weapons watchdog's new ability to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria and Salisbury.

Major powers set to clash as chemical arms watchdog meets

Den Haag - Global powers are set to clash next week as the world's chemical arms watchdog meets for the first time since it was rocked by allegations of Russian spying.

Chemical weapons body faces 'difficult moment', new chief warns

Den Haag - The world's chemical arms watchdog is confronting a "difficult moment" after a series of recent attacks and a Russian spy scandal, the body's new chief told AFP Tuesday.

UN trying to discover origin of arms found off Yemen coast

New York - UN experts are working to establish the origin of a weapons shipment seized off of Yemen's coast by a US Navy vessel, the United Nations said Friday.

NATO does not want new nuclear arms race: alliance chief

Apo - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday he did not see the alliance's member states deploying more nuclear weapons in Europe in response to a new Russian missile programme.

New Pentagon weapons systems easily hacked: report

Washington - New US weapons systems being developed by the US Department of Defense can be easily be hacked by adversaries, a new government report said on Tuesday.

Trump report bemoans Pentagon reliance on Chinese parts

Washington - The US military relies far too heavily on China and other nations to provide vital components for its weapons and equipment, a new White House study has found.

Hollande fuels Rafale fighter jet controversy in India

New Delhi - Former French president Francois Hollande has fuelled controversy over India's multi-billion-dollar 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying that France was given no choice on the Indian partner for manufacturer Dassault.

Putin shows off sniper skills firing Kalashnikov rifle

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday showed off his marksmanship by testing out a new Kalashnikov sniper rifle and hitting the target more than half the time.

In U-turn, Spain to deliver laser-guided bombs to Saudis

Madrid - Spain will go ahead with the controversial delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, engaged in a bloody conflict in Yemen, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Thursday.

Spain works to avoid row with Saudi Arabia over bomb deal

Madrid - After blocking the sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia, involved in the Yemen conflict, Spain now appears to be back-pedalling to maintain other lucrative contracts with the oil giant, observers say.

Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday will launch the biggest military drills in its history involving 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers, in a move NATO denounced as "exercising large-scale conflict".
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