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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.

Investment View: Holding action is the order of the day with this defence duo

Over the medium term things are not going to be easy for BAE. That is especially true of the US

Government set to announce £1bn contract for reactors to power next generation of nuclear submarines

The Government will tomorrow make the long expected formal announcement of the £1 billion contract for reactors to power the next generation of Britain's nuclear submarines.

Obama 'ordered cyber attacks to disrupt Iran'

The US was behind some of the cyber attacks intended to disrupt Iran's controversial nuclear programme, according to the New York Times.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Natanz nuclear plant in 2007

Bullish allies resist Iran's call for end to nuclear sanctions

UK ministers warned that Israeli strike on Iran nuclear facilities could spark Middle East war

International Atomic Energy Agency chief visits Iran

The head of the UN nuclear agency flew to Tehran on a delicate mission that - if successful - could finally lift the veil on whether Iran is seeking atomic arms while strengthening the Islamic Republic's negotiating hand in crucial nuclear talks with six world powers later in the week.

Republican Richard Lugar lost by a 20-point margin

Defeat of Indiana’s veteran Republican senator Richard Lugar reveals return of partisan far-right

The crushing primary defeat of Indiana’s veteran Republican senator Richard Lugar not only shows the Tea Party movement is alive and well. It is also a pointer that the next Congress will be even more partisan and less inclined to compromise than ever.

UN inspector dies in Iran car crash

A UN nuclear inspector from South Korea was killed today and a colleague was injured in a car crash near a reactor site in central Iran, the nuclear watchdog agency said.

Analysts say North Korea's new missiles are fakes

Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country's claims of military prowess.

Cowan: philanthropist

George Cowan: Nuclear scientist

George Cowan, who died on 20 April aged 92, was a chemist who influenced everything from the Manhattan Project and the hunt for evidence of the Soviet Union's first nuclear tests to the Santa Fe Opera. After graduate studies at Princeton, Cowan continued his nuclear research as part of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb. Cowan was a troubleshooter for the effort at various research sites around the country and was among the few people who had knowledge of the bomb's separate components.

Leading article: India's nuclear ambition should not be ignored

North Korea is a concern, but the worry should be the rate of proliferation everywhere

Talks begin with Iran over nuclear programme

Six world powers and Iran are meeting in an attempt to find common ground over concerns that Tehran's nuclear programme could be used to make weapons.

Politician claims Tehran can produce nuclear arms

A prominent Iranian politician has for the first time publicly declared that Iran has the ability to produce nuclear weapons, but will never do so.

Iran 'able to build nuclear weapon'

A prominent Iranian lawmaker has said Iran has the knowledge and scientific capability to produce nuclear weapons but will never do so.

Redhall hit by nuke doors delay

Shares in the engineer Redhall Group crashed 21 per cent yesterday after it issued a profits warning due to problems with its £20m deal to make blast-proof doors for the building housing Britain's nuclear warheads.

Nick Clegg denies Argentina sub claims

Britain has denied sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic amid rising tensions with Argentina over the Falklands.

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