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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.

The US government is set to seize the 36-storey building on Fifth Avenue

US to seize 'Iran-owned' New York skyscraper

Justice Department to confiscate 36 storey building considered a front for Iranian government

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea nuclear production may have restarted, images show

Plutonium enrichment plant closed in 2007 as part of aid deal

Syria civil war: Russia demands United Nations report on risk of nuclear ‘catastrophe’

Letter to international atomic watchdog warns of fallout if missiles hit Damascus reactor, amid fears nuclear materials could fall into the hands of terrorists

Sanctions bite but won’t derail Iran's nuclear ambition

New signs are emerging that international sanctions are taking a deepening toll on Iran’s economy – putting billions of dollars in oil money out of the government’s reach.

North and South Korea hold talks on reopening joint factory park in Kaesong

North and South Korea have moved closer to reopening a jointly run industrial park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that in the spring were threatening to go to war.

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Dutch Prince Johan Friso dies after 18 months in a coma following avalanche skiing accident in Austria

He was moved from hospital in London back to the Netherlands last month, but had since suffered complications

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Nagasaki Mayor attacks Abe for ‘betraying’ world over nuclear weapons

The Mayor of Nagasaki launched a blistering attack on Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, accusing him of not doing enough to abolish nuclear weapons as the country marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city.

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A-bomb anniversary: Nagasaki mayor criticises Japan PM for 'betrayal' over refusal to sign weapons pledge

Discord rises 68 years after 70,000 were killed by US plutonium bomb

Residents honour those killed in of the world’s first atomic attack by holding hold a lantern parade near Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Dome

Japan calls for nuclear disarmament at 68th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Tens of thousands assemble for ceremony at 'peace park' near epicentre of blast that killed 140,000 people

Edward Snowden at a meeting with human rights campaigners at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport

NSA to tighten security in wake of Edward Snowden leaks

Defence officials call revelations a 'failure to defend our own networks' and introduce new rules for contractors

HMS Ambush, part of the current fleet of four Trident submarines

Do we need Trident?

Is a Britain with nuclear missile-equipped submarines a safer place to live, now and into the future? That is the crux of today's debate on replacing Trident - the weapon system that will cost an estimated £100bn over the next 30 years.

HMS Ambush, part of the current fleet of four Trident submarines

Trident fleet may be cut to two submarines in new Lib Dem plan

Britain’s fleet of four Trident submarines could be cut to two vessels under plans to be put to the Liberal Democrat conference this autumn.

David Cameron's defence guru joins US engineering giant

'Outstanding' Richard Freer expected to work on Bechtel's bids to win lucrative MoD contracts
The Faslane naval base near Glasgow

Government to annex Trident base in independent Scotland? Not credible, says No 10

The Government has downplayed reports that it is considering controversial plants to annex its Trident nuclear base in Scotland amid a storm of protests from Scottish politicians.

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Mohamed ElBaradei: 'Egypt is a wreck just waiting to happen'

His critics say he lacks the political experience to lead Egypt, so 71-year-old Mohamed ElBaradei will need to draw on a past of international diplomacy, largely made up of advising the UN on nuclear weapons.

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