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Six-party talks stall on North Korea’s nuclear program

SEOUL – China does not back efforts by Washington and Seoul to punish North Korea at the United Nations for its uranium enrichment programme and wants six-party talks to deal with the issue, a top South Korean envoy said on Saturday. International disagreement over how to deal with the North’s…

Iran not working on bomb: Israel intelligence head

Iran is not currently working on producing a nuclear weapon but could make one within “a year or two” of taking such a decision, Israel’s military intelligence chief said on Tuesday. “The question is not when Iran will acquire the bomb, but how long until the leader decides to begin…

Iran is open to more nuclear talks, Ahmadinejad says

TEHRAN – Iran is open to holding further talks with six world powers over its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, a day after the failure of the latest round of dialogue in Istanbul. “They have talked for a few rounds, but we never expected that issues would…

US and Germany in joint spy satellite project: cable

The United States and Germany are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed Monday. The project, named HiROS, envisions the construction of an undetermined number of high-resolution observation satellites capable of spotting any object on the…

South Korea: Nuclear talks should be revived

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak called Wednesday for new international talks with North Korea on shutting down its nuclear programme, apparently softening his stance towards the negotiations. “(We) have no choice but to resolve the problem of dismantling North Korea’s nuclear programme diplomatically through the six-party talks,” Lee said of…

Leaked cable confirmed: US, UK advised, trained Bangladeshi ‘death squad’

Britain confirmed Thursday it trains a Bangladeshi police unit that human rights groups have labelled a government “death squad” but stressed the programme was to improve ethical standards. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) was set up in 2004 and admits about 600 people have died in what it calls “encounter/shootout”…

South Korea stages live-fire artillery drill, despite North’s threats

YEONPYEONG, South Korea (Reuters) – South Korea held live firing drills in a disputed area on Monday despite threats of war from Pyongyang after an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting failed to agree on how to defuse the crisis. The drill, delayed from the weekend by bad weather, lasted almost…

Iran claims victory in nuclear talks

Iran claimed victory Wednesday in renewed talks with world powers over its controversial nuclear programme and vowed to make no concessions in the face of international pressure. Chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said the six world powers have accepted Tehran’s conditions for the talks as Iran’s conservative media praised Jalili…

Talks begin on Iran’s nuclear program

World powers held their first meeting in 14 months with Iran over its disputed nuclear programme on Monday, sounding out Tehran’s intentions after it claimed to have taken a new step in making fissile material. Just a day ahead of the talks, Tehran raised the stakes by revealing that it…

US rejects Israel call for military threat against Iran

Secretary Robert Gates on Monday rejected comments by Israel’s prime minister calling for a “credible” military threat against Iran to ensure it does not obtain nuclear weapons. “We know that they are concerned about the impact of the sanctions. The sanctions are biting more deeply than they anticipated and we…

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