NUCLEAR WEAPON

  • Pakistan to have 200 nuclear weapons by 2020: US think tank November 23, 2014

    Washington: Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear weapons programme in the world and by 2020 it could have enough fissile material to produce more than 200 nuclear devices, a top American think tank has said. "Though many states are downsising their stockpiles, Asia is witnessing a buildup. Pakistan has the fastest-growing...
  • No question of India joining NPT as non-nuclear weapon state October 22, 2014

    New York: India has made it clear that there is no question of it joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state while reaffirming its commitment to check further proliferation of atomic weapons. India also reiterated its stand of "no first use" of nuclear weapons and not...
  • Pakistan developing seabased and shortrange Nweapons: Analysts September 21, 2014

    Islamabad/Washington: Pakistan is developing seabased missiles and expanding its interest in tactical nuclear warheads to give it a "secondstrike" capability if a catastrophic nuclear attack destroyed all its landbased weapons, according to a media report on Sunday. The next step of Pakistan's strategy includes an effort to develop nuclear warheads...
  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats September 11, 2014

    Moscow: Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday as the military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine. Putin accused the West of using the crisis in...
  • John Kerry continues efforts on Iran nuclear talks July 14, 2014

    Vienna: US Secretary of State John Kerry was due on Monday to hold a second day of talks with Iran seeking to overcome major differences blocking what would be a momentous nuclear deal. With just six days until a deadline to strike an accord, the differences appear considerable, however, with Kerry...
  • No surrendering to Iran's nuclear ambitions: Israeli PM June 30, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the P5+1 countries not to surrender to Iran ahead of a deadline for a permanent nuclear deal, media reported on Monday. Netanyahu said in a statement that Iran should be stripped of its uranium enrichment capacities, Xinhua reported. According to the statement, Netanyahu said that...
  • Former US nuclear test site sues nations including India, US April 24, 2014

    The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive US nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries including India on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament. The Pacific country accused all nine nuclear-armed states of "flagrant...
  • Iran moves to cooperate in UN nuclear bomb probe February 10, 2014

    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 longstalled investigation into Tehran's atomic activities. The development although limited for now marked a step forward in an...
  • US hopes Pakistan is aware of its nuclear responsibilities January 30, 2014

    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 Nweapons' threat underestimated: US exofficial November 20, 2013

    Washington: Nuclear weapons of Pakistan poses more danger to the global security than "overexaggerating" threat from Iran, a former US official has said. "Are we endangering our own safety and that of Israel by overexaggerating the nuclear threat posed by Iran while drastically underestimating the growing threat posed by Pakistan?...
  • Saudi Arabia bank on Pakistan for nukes, claims report November 8, 2013

    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 deploy...
  • Iran 'a year or more' from nuclear capability, says Obama October 5, 2013

    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 news agency,...
  • Iran will never develop nuclear weapons, says President Hassan Rouhani September 19, 2013

    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 appearance,...
  • South Asian arms race raises risk of nuclear war: IISS think tank September 12, 2013

    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 world's...
  • North Korea to discuss nuclear talks in Moscow June 30, 2013

    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 rejoin protracted talks over ending its atomic programme. Kim Kyegwan, North Korea's First Deputy Foreign Minister, will meet deputy foreign ministers Vladimir Titov...
  • Don't expect North Korea to disarm: ExObama aide June 25, 2013

    Washington: The former top White House official on counterproliferation 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, on...
  • Obama in Berlin calls for USRussia nuclear weapons cuts June 20, 2013

    Berlin: Summoning the harsh history of this oncedivided 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 onethird if Cold War foe Russia does the same. The US President also declared that his farreaching surveillance...
  • Britain lobbies for nuclear export group to admit India June 15, 2013

    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 allowed...
  • 'China tried to convince N Korea to give up nuclear tests' June 4, 2013

    Beijing: China told an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jongun 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 Ryonghae, vice chairman of the country's...
  • For the first time US slaps sanction on Iran's currency June 4, 2013

    Washington: The US has slapped new sanctions on Iran for the third time in a week, targetting the country's alreadydevalued 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 penalties...
  • China boosts nuclear arms arsenal: Think tank June 3, 2013

    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 thinktank claimed on Sunday. At the start of the year, China had raised its number of nuclear warheads to 250...
  • China may have provided Pakistan nuclear weapon designs April 24, 2013

    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 April 15, 2013

    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 April 14, 2013

    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 pledge...
  • North Korea has nuclear missiles: US report April 12, 2013

    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 saberrattling. DIA (Defence Intelligence Agency) assesses with moderate confidence the North Korea currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivering by ballistic missiles, however the...
  • Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension April 7, 2013

    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 Wednesday...
  • North Korea's decision to restart nuclear facilities disappoints China April 3, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea said on Tuesday it will restart its longshuttered plutonium reactor and increase production of nuclear weapons material, in what outsiders see as its latest attempt to extract US concessions by raising fears of war. A spokesman for the North's General Department of Atomic Energy said scientists will quickly...
  • US deploys warship closer to North Korean coast April 2, 2013

    Washington: Amidst escalating tension in the Korean peninsula, the US Navy is moving a warship and a seabased radar platform closer to the North Korean coast as a shield against any missile attack by North Korea and in order to monitor Pyongyang's military moves. "The US Navy is moving a warship...
  • North Korea to restart work at closed nuclear reactor April 2, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea will restart all nuclear facilities including its shuttered Yongbyon nuclear reactor, its official KCNA news service said on Tuesday. It will rebuild and restart nuclear facilities including its mothballed uranium enrichment facility and the 5 MW Yongbyon reactor which it closed in 2007, KCNA quoted a spokesman at...
  • Nuclear weapons guarantee peace: North Korea April 2, 2013

    Seoul: North Korean nuclear weapons act as a deterrent to potential aggressors and as a foundation for its prosperity, the country's leader said in a speech delivered on Sunday and published in full by the country's KCNA news agency on Tuesday. "Our nuclear strength is a reliable war deterrent and a...