Nuclear Weapons

  • Iran moves to cooperate in UN nuclear bomb probe 10-02-2014 11:24 AM

    Vienna/Dubai: The UN nuclear agency said on Sunday that Iran had agreed to start addressing suspicions that it may have worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in a long-stalled investigation into Tehran's atomic activities. The development - although limited for now - marked a step forward in...
  • US hopes Pakistan is aware of its nuclear responsibilities 30-01-2014 08:49 AM

    Washington: The US has said that it is confident that Pakistan is well aware of its responsibilities regarding its nuclear weapons. "The United States is confident that Pakistan is well aware of its responsibilities with respect to nuclear security and has secured its nuclear arsenal accordingly," the State Department said...
  • Pak N-weapons' threat under-estimated: US ex-official 20-11-2013 10:30 AM

    Washington: Nuclear weapons of Pakistan poses more danger to the global security than "over-exaggerating" threat from Iran, a former US official has said. "Are we endangering our own safety and that of Israel by over-exaggerating the nuclear threat posed by Iran while drastically under-estimating the growing threat posed by Pakistan?...
  • Saudi Arabia bank on Pakistan for nukes, claims report 08-11-2013 12:13 AM

    Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects and believes it could acquire atomic bombs "at will", the BBC reported on Thursday. Saudi Arabia's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme though it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to...
  • Iran 'a year or more' from nuclear capability, says Obama 05-10-2013 09:21 PM

    President Barack Obama says US intelligence assessments show Iran is still "a year or more away" from building a nuclear weapon. The president's assessment puts him at odds with Israel, which says Iran is just months away from being able to build a bomb. Obama, in an interview with a...
  • Iran will never develop nuclear weapons, says President Hassan Rouhani 19-09-2013 01:38 PM

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons, his strongest signal yet that he may be seeking a diplomatic thaw with the West after decades of acrimony. In an interview with NBC News days before he travels to New York for a UN...
  • South Asian arms race raises risk of nuclear war: IISS think tank 12-09-2013 09:19 PM

    London: An arms race in South Asia and Pakistan's development of tactical "battlefield" nuclear weapons are increasing the risk of any conflict there becoming a nuclear war, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said on Thursday. Noting that Pakistan looks set to overtake Britain as the owner of the...
  • North Korea to discuss nuclear talks in Moscow 30-06-2013 02:58 AM

    Moscow: North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator will meet senior Russian officials in Moscow next week, state media reported, amid signs of a new push to get Pyongyang to re-join protracted talks over ending its atomic programme. Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea's First Deputy Foreign Minister, will meet deputy foreign ministers Vladimir...
  • Don't expect North Korea to disarm: Ex-Obama aide 25-06-2013 08:40 AM

    Washington: The former top White House official on counter-proliferation says diplomacy is unlikely to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and the best to hope for is a verifiable freeze in its production of fissile material. Gary Samore, who resigned from his White House position in January,...
  • Obama in Berlin calls for US-Russia nuclear weapons cuts 20-06-2013 04:46 AM

    Berlin: Summoning the harsh history of this once-divided city, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cautioned the US and Europe against "complacency" brought on by peace, pledging to cut America's deployed nuclear weapons by one-third if Cold War foe Russia does the same. The US President also declared that his far-reaching...
  • Britain lobbies for nuclear export group to admit India 15-06-2013 06:20 AM

    Vienna: Britain has stepped up efforts to let India join an influential global body controlling nuclear exports, a move that would boost New Delhi's standing as an atomic power but which has faced resistance from China and other countries. The diplomatic tussle centres on whether emerging power India should be...
  • 'China tried to convince N Korea to give up nuclear tests' 04-06-2013 12:51 PM

    Beijing: China told an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that Pyongyang should stop conducting nuclear and missile tests, but the North showed little sign of heeding the request, said a source with knowledge of the talks held late last month. Kim dispatched Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the...
  • For the first time US slaps sanction on Iran's currency 04-06-2013 12:16 PM

    Washington: The US has slapped new sanctions on Iran for the third time in a week, targetting the country's already-devalued currency and automobile industry, as it pressured Tehran to abandon its nuclear programme. This is the first time the US has directly targeted the Iranian currency as the sanctions include...
  • China boosts nuclear arms arsenal: Think tank 03-06-2013 01:58 PM

    Stockholm: China, India and Pakistan have increased their nuclear weapons by about 10 warheads each in the past year, and other nuclear states appear set on maintaining their arsenals, a Swedish think-tank claimed on Sunday. At the start of the year, China had raised its number of nuclear warheads to...
  • China may have provided Pakistan nuclear weapon designs 24-04-2013 12:47 AM

    Washington: In the late 1970s, Central Intelligence Agency had information that China might have provided a fairly comprehensive package of proven nuclear weapons design information to Pakistan, a recently declassified document has revealed. According to recently declassified CIA data, obtained by the National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information...
  • After weeks of NKorean fury, calm on key holiday 15-04-2013 08:27 PM

    Pyongyang: North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader Monday by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts, with little hint of the fiery bombast that has kept the international community fearful that a missile launch may be imminent. Pyongyang fired off a rocket ahead of the last anniversary...
  • US urges China to put pressure on North Korea 14-04-2013 06:55 PM

    Beijing: The United States has reached out to China to increase pressure on North Korea to tone down its threats of a nuclear attack on the US and South Korea. US Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, where both the countries made a joint...
  • North Korea has nuclear missiles: US report 12-04-2013 12:47 PM

    Washington: North Korea has nuclear weapons capable of delivering by ballistic missiles, an unclassified US intelligence report says, amid heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang's saber-rattling. DIA (Defence Intelligence Agency) assesses with moderate confidence the North Korea currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivering by ballistic missiles, however...
  • Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension 07-04-2013 12:30 AM

    Seoul: Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges. North Korean authorities told diplomatic missions they could not guarantee their safety from next...
  • Comply with international obligations: US to North Korea 27-03-2013 09:00 AM

    Washington: Arguing that North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or provocations, the US on Tuesday said that Pyongyang should choose the path of peace and comply with its international obligations. "We continue to urge the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama's call to choose the path of peace...
  • North Korea says ready for combat as sanctions tighten 26-03-2013 11:10 PM

    Seoul: North Korea repeated threats to target US military bases on Tuesday as Washington and its allies tightened economic sanctions against the isolated country by targeting Pyongyang's main foreign exchange bank with new measures. The rhetoric from North Korea, which has threatened the United States with nuclear war and rehearsed...