North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

Mar 26, 2014

North Korea hopes for 'positive results' in talks with Japan

North Korea said on Tuesday that talks with Japan this month should include a demand for compensation for wartime Korean sex slaves and not only the issue of Japanese abducted decades ago, which it considers closed. But So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to ...

35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security

Mar 25, 2014

35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security

A total of 35 countries have pledged to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material. Tuesday’s initiative also commits countries to open up their security procedures to independent review, ...

Nuclear summit final statement to highlight IAEA role

Mar 25, 2014

Nuclear summit final statement to highlight IAEA role

The world must construct a system to fight nuclear terror with the world’s atomic watchdog playing a central role, a draft of the Nuclear Security Summit’s final statement says. The draft, of which a final version was to be agreed on later Tuesday by ...

Ukraine crisis could have implications for Nonproliferation Treaty: Ban

Mar 25, 2014

Ukraine crisis could have implications for Nonproliferation Treaty: Ban

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned international leaders Monday that the Ukraine crisis could have profound implications for the integrity of a global treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Ukraine gave up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which ...

Mar 24, 2014

Japan to return weapons-grade plutonium to U.S.

Japan will return to the United States more than 700 pounds (315 kg) of weapons grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium, a victory for President Barack Obama’s efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world. American and Japanese officials announced the ...

North Korea fires another 30 short-range missiles into sea

Mar 22, 2014

North Korea fires another 30 short-range missiles into sea

North Korea fired another 30 missiles into the ocean on Saturday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington. The short-range missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km ...

Mar 17, 2014

Nonnuclear states to call on China to join U.S.-Russia arms talks

A draft joint statement for a foreign ministerial meeting in Hiroshima next month involving Japan and other nonnuclear weapons states will call for countries including China to participate in the nuclear arms reduction talks between the U.S. and Russia, a government source said Sunday. ...

U.N. details how North sidestepping sanctions

Mar 13, 2014

U.N. details how North sidestepping sanctions

North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent United Nations sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued Tuesday said. The report claimed that North Korea is also using more complicated financial ...

In Iran, EU's Ashton says no guarantee on nuclear deal

Mar 10, 2014

In Iran, EU's Ashton says no guarantee on nuclear deal

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday a final accord on Iran’s nuclear program cannot be guaranteed, during a landmark visit underscoring a thaw in Tehran’s ties with the West. Ashton’s official visit to Tehran comes after Iran signed a preliminary deal in ...