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The discussions with North Korea’s new government (new leader Kim Jong Un pictured) is ready to agree to steps demanded by Washington and Pyongyang’s neighbours to restart disarmament talks

US and North Korea talk food and 'other topics'

The US and North Korea resumed talks yesterday that had been delayed by the death of North Korea's long-time leader Kim Jong-il two months ago, with the US envoy saying he and his counterpart covered US food aid and other topics.

The Army was used after Mrs Thatcher's election victory to infiltrate civilian protest groups such as CND

How Thatcher's election win launched secret war on CND

An army intelligence unit was used to infiltrate civil rights groups and protest organisations after Margaret Thatcher came to power. Former soldiers claim that they were ordered to undertake the spying missions by a senior officer in the Ministry of Defence.

Analysis: Kim Jong Il's death leaves nuclear talks uncertain 

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il could put a brake on talks ultimately aimed at getting the secretive communist state to give up its nuclear weapons programme.

Nuclear talks can resume, say North and South Korea

Nuclear envoys from North and South Korea emerged smiling from a face-to-face meeting yesterday, saying they were ready to work together to resume disarmament talks.

Susan Willett: Defence expert who argued that an ethical arms policy is essential for international security

Sue Willett was an expert in the economics of defence and international defence policy. She became one of the foremost authorities on the vicious cycle of debt, underdevelopment and conflict in the developing world and called for radical action by the international community to break the cycle. Her conviction that the developed world can only bring about security if it pursues an ethical arms policy has been vindicated time and time again.

Trident alternatives to be assessed

The Cabinet Office is to conduct a new assessment of alternatives to Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent in a fresh concession to the Liberal Democrats, it was announced today.

Album: Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

If Hot Sauce Committee Part Two has a slightly confusing, unfocused manner, that's hardly surprising.

North Korea unveils highly sophisticated nuclear facility

The US is trying to restart moribund nuclear disarmament talks over North Korea, after the Communist leadership there showed off a new and highly sophisticated uranium enrichment plant.

Pyongyang threat now 'dangerous', says South Korea

The threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme has reached an "extremely dangerous level", an adviser to South Korea's president has said.

Trident replacement decision 'after 2015 elections'

Armed forces minister Nick Harvey today gave a strong hint that the final decision on the like-for-like replacement of Trident would take place after the 2015 general election.

Ken Coates: Tireless writer and activist for numerous left-wing causes

Ken Coates was an inveterate campaigner for left-wing causes, internationalism and peace for more than 60 years. A prolific author of books, pamphlets, and articles in many journals, he was still dictating his ideas and arguments 48 hours before his death.

Letters: Firearms

Time to reform firearms law

Iran outflanks Israel in the dark arts of nuclear diplomacy

The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, cornerstone of global disarmament efforts, has gained a new lease of life – but at the price of a small but telling diplomatic victory for Iran, and new strains between Israel and its most important ally, the US.

Iran take their nuclear case to UN stage

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brings his nuclear case to New York today, turning a UN treaty conference into a stage for Tehran's long-running showdown with the Western powers over its uranium enrichment program.

Iran's leaders hit out at nuclear 'bullies'

Iran's leaders issued a strong challenge to the United States and Britain today accusing them of using their nuclear weapons to 'bully and intimidate' countries without the bomb.

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