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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.

Israel warns world powers of repeating Munich deal in Iran nuclear talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned it would be an “historic mistake” if Tuesday’s much-awaited talks in Geneva between Iran and world powers led to an easing of sanctions on Tehran. He also urged the international community to reject Iran’s offer to limit uranium enrichment to 20 per cent.

Talks about Iran’s nuclear programme in Geneva will be the first since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, who has tried to improve relations with the West in an effort to have sanctions lifted

Iran rejects demands to ship out its uranium as Geneva nuclear talks are set to start

Iran yesterday rejected Western demands to ship out its stockpile of enriched uranium but signalled its flexibility on other aspects of its nuclear activities.

Book review: Churchill's Bomb: A hidden history of science, war and politics, By Graham Farmelo

Churchill's prescient passion for nuclear science – and flexible morality – inspire a very timely study

Sea change: A Russian coastguard approaches activists

Russian claims of drugs haul on seized ship is ‘ridiculous’, says Greenpeace

The 28 protesters and two freelance journalists are currently being detained and had previously all been charged with ‘piracy’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be willing to speak by phone with the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin would accept Hassan Rouhani phone call about Iran nuclear programme

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that he would be willing to speak by phone with the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani if the latter called him. But he stressed he would only tell the Iranian leader that Tehran should stop its nuclear programme.

Iran claims cyber warfare expert not assassinated, as Israel remains cagey over involvement

Mojtaba Ahmadi is the latest in a string of Iranian commanders and scientists to meet an untimely end

Western governments considering deal that may allow Iran to continue with uranium enrichment

Western governments are considering allowing Iran to continue some uranium enrichment, as part of a possible deal to resolve a decade-old dispute, a senior EU diplomat has said.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the UN in New York

'A wolf in sheep's clothing': Don’t be fooled - Iran still wants nuclear bomb, says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister tells UN General Assembly not  to be deceived by President Rouhani’s moderate tone

Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the scheme aimed to ‘strengthen Israeli public diplomacy’

Israel's stance over Iran's nuclear programme is becoming difficult to sustain

The Jewish state’s nuclear deterrent is something it wants everyone to know about, but won’t acknowledge

Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Giardina, the second-in-command of the US nuclear arsenal, is the subject of an illegal gambling investigation into the use of counterfeit poker chips at an Iowa casino

American nuclear chief investigated over casino cheating

Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Giardina is accused of using counterfeit poker chips at an Iowa casino

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, will try to foil Iran’s moves towards rehabilitation in the international community during a speech at the UN General Assembly aimed at reversing the diplomatic and public opinion gains made by the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, right

Benjamin Netanyahu flies to US in bid to block Iran’s return to diplomacy

Israeli leader plans to fight ‘the blitz of smiles’ as the US eyes Rouhani talks

President Rouhani attacked by protesters in Iran following historic call with US President Barack Obama

Hardline protesters threw shoes and eggs at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and chanted "death to America", following the first conversation between American and Iranian presidents in more than three decades during a 15 minute phone call yesterday evening.

Moving the Trident nuclear deterrent from the Clyde to a new site in the remaining UK would take years to achieve

Alex Salmond's SNP plans for Scottish independence criticised for lacking crucial detail over defence plans

Commons defence select committee unconvinced that proposed £2.5bn budget is enough for new Scottish defence force

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (right) at the the highest-level talks between the two nations in over three decades

Iran and US meet in breakthrough talks to open ‘window of opportunity’ for nuclear disarmament

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insists Israel must join Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as John Kerry describes meeting as ‘constructive’

 

Bomb threat: Nuclear fallout at Hiroshima

Revealed: Nuclear bomb 260 times more powerful than device that devastated Hiroshima nearly exploded over North Carolina

Incident over North Carolina was just days after President John F Kennedy's inauguration in 1961

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