Iran's top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says Tehran has no interest in building an atomic bomb, despite Western powers' claims to the contrary. Zarif's comments, in a television interview, due to be broadcast on Sunday, when Iran engages in talks with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, aimed at a grand bargain reducing in scope the Islamic republic's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.
Two-thirds of Russians (64 percent) believe that a military conflict involving nuclear arms is possible, the Moscow-based Kommersant newspaper reports, citing the results of a poll held by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) in late June.
Iraq has warned the UN that ISIS rebels have seized about 40kg (88lb) nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul, Reuters repots citing a letter of Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammed Ali Alhakim. According to Reuters it has obtained on Wednesday July 8 a letter of Iraqi official to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."
The talks between the P5+1 countries and Iran on Tehran's controversial nuclear program are approaching the climax as the latest, and decisive, round of negotiations has begun on Thursday, June 3. Many hope that the comprehensive agreement could be struck before the fast approaching July 20 deadline set by the interim accord in November.
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney predicted the next terrorist attack in the United States within the next decade. He said it will be "far deadlier" than the September 11, 2001 attacks, because the threat might come from a nuclear device.
The global arsenal of nuclear warheads dropped to 16,300 this year, mainly because of cuts by the United States and Russia, a Sweden-based peace research institute said Monday. The number of warheads fell by 970 compared to 2013, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported.
Iran is meeting for two days of nuclear talks with US in Geneva, starting Monday, June 9, 2014. And then the Iranian officials are to hold separate negotiations with Russia for two further days in Rome.
Friday marks the 20th anniversary of enactment of an agreement that warns Moscow and Washington against targeting strategic nuclear missiles at each other. The document was negotiated by then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin and US counterpart Bill Clinton in January 1994. Evgeniy Buzhinskiy, Lieutenant-General Retired and PIR Center Vice-President, explained the significanse and the symbolism of the document and also voiced his opinion about the possibility of a nuclear war occuring in the near future during his interview with VR.
The prime ministers of Japan and Israel compared notes Monday about living near countries with suspected illicit nuclear weapons programs. Benjamin Netanyahu, on the second day of a five-day trip to Japan, said the international community should keep up pressure on Iran, which the West suspects of trying to develop atomic bombs.
Russia is not ready to give up nuclear weapons at the moment since they are a legitimate means of deterrence and protection of the national interests, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's department for security and disarmament, Mikhail Ulyanov, told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
The next full-format round of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue will be held in Vienna on May 13-16, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, April 30.
US must not step over 'red line', they carry serious threat of nuclear war - N Korean ambassador to Russia
North Korea has apparently sealed a tunnel at its nuclear test site, a government official said Thursday ahead of US President Barack Obama's arrival in Seoul for a two-day visit.
An internal UK Ministry of Defense report has revealed there have been over 260 nuclear safety incidents at its naval facilities in western Scotland over the past five years. The report worryingly details a series of 'false alarms and system failuresa' related to the computer systems that monitor nuclear warheads. The document also states that a problem with a lightning protection system located at an explosives depot at the Faslane nuclear base remains unresolved.
Israel's intelligence minister Monday slammed as unacceptable comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry on negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program which he said indicated a "surrender" to Tehran.
The US Department of Energy has suspended cooperation with its Russian counterpart on several experimental projects that focused on the peaceful nuclear energy, a spokesperson with Rosatom nuclear agency told RIA-Novosti Thursday.
The US Air Force on Thursday said it has fired nine mid-level nuclear missile officers at a base in Montana after an investigation of a test-cheating scandal. The officers were expected to continue to serve in other jobs but were relieved of their nuclear command jobs, The Washington Post reported.
Nuclear terrorism is officially the main topic for world leaders at a two-day summit in the Netherlands starting Monday. In practice, the Ukraine crisis will likely overshadow those talks. The Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague will form the backdrop for an emergency meeting of Group of Seven leaders on Crimea issue.
Recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear and rocket test sites do not point to any imminent tests, a US think-tank said Friday, despite last week's threat by the communist state to flex its nuclear muscle.
North Korea has threatened to demonstrate its nuclear deterrence in a move analysts say could indicate the regime is preparing to carry out a fourth atomic test amid long-stalled disarmament talks. The powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), chaired by leader Kim Jong-Un, said on Friday that the North would continue efforts "to bolster up its nuclear deterrence for self-defence".