South Korea rejected North Korea's offer to take a series of steps to ease tension that included cancelling Seoul's regular military drills with Washington, saying Friday that Pyongyang must take nuclear disarmament steps first.

Nick Clegg announces South Korea trade deal

Nick Clegg today underlined Britain's "commitment to fostering stronger trade links" with the world's fastest growing economies as he announced the UK had approved a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Korea during his visit to South Korea.

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President Barack Obama will visit the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea next week.

Barack Obama to visit demilitarised zone in Korea

Amid new tension with North Korea over a planned rocket launch, President Barack Obama plans to visit the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea at the start of an international trip next week, the White House said.

World powers demand access to Iran's nuclear site

Six world powers have urged Iran to answer questions about suspicions that it is working on nuclear weapons, but stressed that diplomacy was the way forward, in a carefully worded statement that reflected Western sensitivity to Russian and Chinese concerns about being too harsh on Tehran.

Satellite image shows progress at North Korean nuclear reactor

A new satellite image shows that North Korea has made progress in building a light-water reactor to expand its nuclear programme, a private non-proliferation group has said.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s patience was running thin

New round of nuclear talks agreed with Iran

Netanyahu argued that if Iran obtains the bomb it could set off a regional nuclear arms race

David Cameron has been accused of making a U-turn because only last month he joined Labour and Liberal Democrats in attacking excessive pay and bonuses

Iran needs 'big change' warns David Cameron

Iran must make a "big change" in its strategic thinking, David Cameron warned today, as leading international powers agreed to resume talks with the Tehran regime over its nuclear programme.

Obama pledges US loyalty to Israel

President Barack Obama has assured Israel that the United States will always stand by it in a display of unity between allies who often disagree.

Letters: Ironies of Israel's new submarine

Your report concerning the possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities by Israel (29 February) might have alluded also to Israel's apparent attempt to obtain "second strike" facility.

Barack Obama says he's not bluffing on Iran

President Barack Obama warned that he is not bluffing about attacking Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in an interview published today, Obama also cautioned US ally Israel that a premature attack on Iran would do more harm than good.

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UN report fuels concerns over nuclear weapons

Iran has stepped up its production of higher-grade enriched uranium over the last few months, the UN nuclear agency said last night. Its confidential report will feed concerns about how quickly the Islamic republic could produce an atomic bomb.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has been rocked by a sex scandal

Never mind Iran...Netanyahu's office rocked by sex scandal

The plot would have been too exotic for The West Wing, the relations in the Prime Minister's inner circle more fractious than those portrayed in Borgen. But the real-life drama that has unfolded in Benjamin Netanyahu's office in the last fortnight would certainly make a riveting television series, even if some of its twists and turns would strain the audience's capacity to suspend disbelief.

Iran rapidly expanding nuclear production, says UN

Iran has rapidly ramped up production of higher-grade enriched uranium over the last four months, the UN nuclear agency says in a confidential report.

Disappointment as Tehran nuclear talks prove fruitless

UN experts have returned from Tehran empty-handed after two days of talks focused on Iran’s nuclear programme, narrowing the options for diplomacy amid fears of a military confrontation with Israel and the West.


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