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May 31, 2015

Iran determined to continue nuclear talks: Velayati

Press TV
A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic is determined to continue negotiations with six world powers over its nuclear program, expressing optimism about a positive outcome of the talks.

May 29, 2015

Nuclear Weapons Free World No Lost Cause

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
JAMSHED BARUAH
The forthcoming 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August is an appropriate occasion to start developing a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons. This, according to experts, is the distinct message emerging from the four-week long United Nations conference, which ended without an outcome document on May 22.

May 28, 2015

Strategic Warning and China’s Nuclear Posture

The Diplomat
Tong Zhao
China’s last national defense white paper – the most authoritative document on its defense and security policy – caused quite a stir when it was released two years ago. Some foreign analysts were concerned that China was changing its long-standing policy of No-First-Use (NFU) of nuclear weapons because this policy was not mentioned in the document. Chinese experts quickly pointed out that the absence of NFU pledge from that white paper did not imply a weakened Chinese commitment to NFU.

May 28, 2015

Nato chief says Russian nuclear threats are 'deeply troubling and dangerous'

The Guardian
AFP
Russia’s provocative rhetoric and its dramatic expansion of flights by nuclear bombers are deeply troubling and dangerous, the Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

May 28, 2015

US not considering extending Iran nuclear talks beyond June deadline

Global Times
Xinhua
The United States said on Wednesday that it is not contemplating an extension of Iran nuclear talks beyond the June 30 deadline. The P5+1 countries -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- are making efforts to reach a final deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program by the deadline, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said at a regular briefing.

May 28, 2015

Pakistan, US to hold nuclear, strategic talks

Business Standard
IANS
Pakistan and the US will hold key talks on nuclear non-proliferation and strategic stability in Washington next week, media reported on Thursday.

May 28, 2015

Dissident group: Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties

Reuters
An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program.

May 27, 2015

World powers meet over North Korea’s nuclear program

The Associated Press
The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan met Wednesday for talks focused on coordinating a response to North Korea’s expanding nuclear weapons program.

May 27, 2015

107 states commit to prohibiting, eliminating nuclear

The Jakarta Post
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn says the wide and growing international support for “Humanitarian Pledge” has sent a signal that a majority of the world’s governments are ready to move forward with the prohibition of nuclear weapons, even if nuclear weapon states are not ready to participate. - See more at:

May 26, 2015

Advance normalisation, not prospects for conflict

The Tribune
Talat Masood
The recent statement made by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that India would engage in terrorism to counter terrorism emanating from other countries is really shocking. This further raises the level of hostile rhetoric against Pakistan and provides an official cover to the support which the Indian government is presently providing to insurgents in Balochistan, FATA and Karachi.

May 26, 2015

Obama's dilemma over Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel

Middle East Monitor
Adel Al-Astal
No one denies that since the beginning of the crisis over its nuclear programme, Iran has been successful in breaking the US-Israeli rules for the Middle East. Throughout the (almost) two decades of the crisis, neither the US nor its allies have been able to disprove the claims that Iran's nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

May 26, 2015

Speaker Highlights Parliament's Role in Iran Nuclear Talks

Tasnim News Agency
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani emphasized the important role of the legislature in addressing the country’s issues, saying the conclusion of a final deal on Iran's peaceful nuclear program requires parliament intervention as well.

May 25, 2015

Collapse of global nuclear disarmament talks distressing

The Asahi Shimbun
Poet Tatsuji Miyoshi (1900-1964) wrote a number of powerfully lyrical poems, including “Hai ga furu” (Ash is falling) Consisting of 28 short lines, “Hai ga furu” concludes: “The moon/ Whispered/ Once upon a time lived/ Smart apes on a planet.” “Hai” (ash) in the title means “ashes of death” or radioactive fallout from nuclear explosions.

May 24, 2015

North Korea says nukes defensive in nature

The Korea Herald
North Korea defended its possession of nuclear weapons Sunday, saying it is "a means to protect peace and security in the region, not an object of contention." Earlier this week, Pyongyang claimed it has developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile, further escalating tensions with Seoul.

May 24, 2015

Iran will allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit military sites, negotiator says

The Guardian
Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors “managed access” to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear programme, a negotiator said on Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation’s supreme leader.

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