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March 31, 2015

North Korea will never give up nuclear weapons, says envoy to U.N.

Elizabeth Shim
North Korea's envoy to the United Nations said the Kim Jong Un regime will never give up nuclear weapons, and such action would only occur when other countries, including the United States, agree to denuclearize.

March 31, 2015

In judging Iranian deal, the devil is not in the details

Chemi Shalev
In September 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the United Nations General Assembly holding a cartoonish drawing of a makeshift bomb, which came to be known as the Wile E. Coyote poster. The gimmick grabbed front page headlines around the world, but as the New York Times reported the next day, Netanyahu’s “attention-grabbing performance seems to have created confusion in, of all places, Israel.”

March 30, 2015

As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear Deal, Saudi Arabia Makes Its Own Moves

The New York Times
David D. Kirkpatrick
As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it. The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks.

March 29, 2015

Iran-US nuclear talks: the key hurdles

The Telegraph
David Blair
For more than a decade, the confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme has cast a shadow over the Middle East. At various stages, this long-running crisis has come close to triggering a war. President Barack Obama says that America's goal for the final round of talks in Switzerland is to “stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon”. Iran’s leaders, meanwhile, want the crushing burden of sanctions to be lifted.

March 28, 2015

Explosion of Middle East violence hangs over nuke talks

CBS News
Talks trying to seal a nuclear deal with Iran have turned tough and, negotiators say, very serious in the past 24 hours, CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports from the site of the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland.

March 27, 2015

Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric

Thalif Deen
As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric. Randy Riddel, a former senior political affairs officer with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) told IPS he pities the general public.

March 27, 2015

IAEA urges India to take further action for nuclear regulation

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) urged India on Friday to further tighten its nuclear safety regulations by assuring the legal independence of its atomic watchdog and allowing more outside inspections.

March 26, 2015

Saudis Could Be Shopping for Nukes in Pakistan
John Hayward
Iran will not be the last Middle Eastern nation to get atomic weapons after President Obama formalizes the collapse of Western resistance to nuclear proliferation. Also, they probably won’t be the first.

March 25, 2015

Nukes Under that Smoke Ring

The Independent
Rick Wayman
Your coverage of the Air Force’s March 23 launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, “Missile Blasts Off and Blows Smoke Ring,” made light of a very dark situation. The article failed to inform readers that the Minuteman III is the United States’ land-based missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead to most places on the planet within minutes.

March 25, 2015

Administration Declassifies Top-Secret Doc That Reveals Israel’s Nuclear Secrets
The Pentagon has declassified a document that was once labeled “top-secret,” which goes into sophisticated detail about Israel’s nuclear weapons program. The document was released quietly just prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to a joint session of Congress.

March 25, 2015

China, Russia discuss ways on restart of N. Korea nuclear talks

Yonhap News Agency
The top nuclear envoys of China and Russia discussed ways to resume long-stalled multilateral talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear program, according to China's foreign ministry on Wednesday.

March 24, 2015

US deployment of nukes in Europe violates NPT: Russia

Press TV
Russia has called on the United States, as a NATO member, to withdraw its nuclear weapons from Europe, saying their deployment in the continent violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

March 24, 2015

Russia Calls on U.S. to Remove Its Nuclear Weapons From Europe

Tony Halpin
Russia called for a ban on American nuclear weapons in parts of Europe, saying the U.S. is breaking an international agreement by holding joint nuclear training missions with NATO allies that don’t possess such weapons.

March 24, 2015

'Pakistan needs short-range "tactical" nuclear weapons to deter India'

The Tribune
Associated Press
The Adviser to the National Command Authority Khalid Kidwai said Pakistan needs short-range “tactical” nuclear weapons to deter arch-rival India, Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

March 24, 2015

Shaheen-3 missile to cover Indian second strike from Andaman

The Indian Express
Sushant Singh
Pakistan has developed the 2,750 km range Shaheen-3 missile to prevent India from gaining a second-strike nuclear capability from Andaman and Nicobar islands, said Lt General (retd) Khalid Kidwai, former head of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons division.

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