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Greenpeace: Radiation still high in Japan village near nuclear plant

Environmental group Greenpeace Japan warned Tuesday that high radiation levels are still present in a Japanese village that the government is planning to announce is safe for its 6,000 residents to return to, six years after the country's worst atomic disaster.

Iran rejects Trump and Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear deal

Iran on Thursday rejected criticisms voiced by US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a deal designed by major world powers to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

Glitch detected outside Krsko reactor, plant to be reconnected to grid Friday

The Krsko Nuclear Power Plant, that shut down automatically on Thursday morning due to a glitch, will be reconnected to the grid on Friday after the company established the causes of that minor defect, the power plant stated on Thursday afternoon.

Australia rejects UN talks on treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Australia will not participate in a United Nations conference next month to discuss banning nuclear weapons, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Iran holds military exercise after new US sanctions

Iran held a military exercise and tested rockets on Saturday, a day after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Tehran in response to a ballistic missile test last weekend.

US hits Iran with sanctions over missile test

The US imposed fresh sanctions on Iran Friday in response to a ballistic missile test over the weekend as President Donald Trump signalled that his administration will take a tougher tone with Tehran.

"Nothing's off the table" toward Iran, Trump says

US President Donald Trump made clear Thursday that military action was not "off the table" after the White House warned Tehran over its weekend missile launch.

Iran calls US missile warning 'baseless and provocative'

The US warning over a recent Iranian ballistic missile test is "baseless and provocative," the Foreign Ministry in Tehran said Thursday.

White House puts Iran "on notice" over ballistic missile test

The White House had tough words for Iran on Wednesday over a recent ballistic missile test, calling the move a provocation and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Iran: Missile test did not violate UN resolution in nuclear deal

Iranian missile tests are legitimate and do not breach a UN resolution implemented as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

White House aware of Iran ballistic missile test

The White House is aware that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test over the weekend, but had no response to the launch, spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Scientists move 'doomsday clock' closer to midnight

US President Donald Trump's "ill-considered" comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal are among the reasons a group of nuclear scientists on Thursday moved their symbolic doomsday clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.

Report: British government hid failed test of nuclear-capable missile

The British government covered up a failed test of a nuclear-capable missile last year, weeks before a vote in Parliament on the extension of the country's Trident submarine-based system, The Times reported on Sunday.

Iranian nuclear deal turns one, but it's too early to celebrate

Donald Trump's impending presidency raises questions about the future of the Iranian nuclear deal as it turns one-year-old.

South Korea: North Korea has enough plutonium for 10 nukes

North Korea has enough weapons-grade plutonium to produce 10 nuclear bombs, South Korea's Defence Ministry claimed on Wednesday.

Major powers review Iran nuclear pact amid uncertainty over US stance

Representatives from Iran and six major powers met in Vienna on Tuesday to review their agreement on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme

India tests powerful nuclear-capable missile

India on Monday successfully tested its nuclear-capable Agni-IV ballistic missile from a base off its eastern coast, officials said.

Trump calls for larger US nuclear capability

US president-elect Donald Trump called Thursday for the US to strengthen its nuclear capability.

We will abide by deal if others do, Rowhani tells UN nuclear watchdog

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday assured the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog that Iran would continue to fulfil its obligations under a nuclear deal with six major powers.

Iran calls on EU to examine breach in nuclear deal by the US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday demanded the European Union examine a potential breach by the United States of the nuclear deal between Tehran and the international community.

Rowhani calls for retaliation against US renewal of sanction power

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday demanded that his foreign minister as well as the country's nuclear chief retaliate against the renewal of the power to impose sanctions on Iran by the United States Senate.

German energy firms entitled to damages for nuclear shutdown policy

German energy companies are entitled to "appropriate" compensation for the government's 2011 decision to rush ahead with the shutdown of nuclear power plants, the country's top court ruled Tuesday.

North Korea ups military ante in response to sanctions

North Korea has carried out a series of military exercises simulating attacks on South Korean military bases and the country's central government, North Korean state media reported on Friday.

Iran accuses US of reneging on nuclear deal with sanctions bill

Tehran on Friday accused the United States of breaching the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran by proposing legislation to reimpose sanctions on the country.

UN Security Council tightens sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution tightening sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday in response to the country's latest nuclear test conducted in September.

Swiss voters reject ambitious time table for nuclear phaseout

Switzerland will not adopt an ambitious time table for taking the country's five nuclear power plants off the grid by 2029, a 54-per-cent majority of Swiss voters decided Sunday.

Nuclear uncertainty looms large in Asia after Trump election victory

During his US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump suggested Japan and South Korea should go nuclear amid threats from North Korea. Asian countries are anxiously watching as the US president-elect assembles his administration.

Nuclear deal can't be renegotiated, says Iranian minister

There will be no renegotiation of Iran's nuclear deal, said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi Tuesday, despite concerns that incoming US president-elect Donald Trump might scrap the deal.

Iran to follow nuclear agreement despite Trump

Iran will continue to follow the terms of its nuclear accord with the international community even during the presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Wednesday.

India premier Modi appeals for investment from Japan

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for Japanese companies to invest in his country's fast-growing economy.

IAEA: Iran edges above a limit set by nuclear deal

Iran has been slightly exceeding one of the limits agreed to under its deal with world powers to curb its nuclear programme, international nuclear inspectors said Wednesday.

IAEA: 30 developing countries mulling nuclear power programmes

Around 30 developing countries are considering the development of nuclear power programmes, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said Monday.

EU auditors sound the alarm on decommissioning of Soviet-era reactors

Projects to decommission Soviet-era nuclear reactors in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia are falling behind in time and financing, EU auditors warned on Tuesday.

In leaked emails, Colin Powell says Israel has 200 nukes

Israel has 200 nuclear weapons, former US secretary of state Colin Powell said in a leaked email, part of a trove that has been released online.

Iran and Russia begin work on second nuclear plant in Bushehr

Iran and Russia officially started work Saturday on a new atomic power plant in the port city of Bushehr, more than a year after an international nuclear accord was concluded between Tehran and world powers.

Iranian nuclear negotiator arrested, released on bail

A member of the negotiating team which agreed the Iranian nuclear deal was arrested and released on bail, ISNA news agency reported Sunday.

Japan restarts nuclear reactor in Shikoku

A Japanese power company reactivated a nuclear reactor on the south-western island of Shikoku on Friday for the first time in more than five years, it said.

Putin helps inaugurate India's biggest nuclear reactor

Russian President Vladimir Putin helped inaugurate India's biggest nuclear reactor unit via videolink on Wednesday.

Iran confirms nuclear scientist executed for spying for US

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri has been executed, according to local media reports.

Russia to build eight more nuclear reactors in Iran

Russia plans to build eight more nuclear reactor units in Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Friday.

Ex-minister: May had objected to Chinese investment in nuclear plant

British Prime Minister Theresa May had "raised objections" to Chinese investment in a controversial new nuclear power plant during the previous coalition government, former business secretary Vince Cable said on Saturday.

Iran's Rowhani has little to show one year after nuclear deal

The end of the spat over Iran's nuclear projects was set to open international doors for the Islamic State. However, foreign investors remain wary, putting the political future of President Hassan Rowhani at risk.

Ageing Japanese nuclear reactors to operate for 20 more years

Japanese regulators on Monday approved an additional 20 years of operation for two ageing nuclear reactors, in the first such decision under updated regulations following the nation’s worst nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011.

North Korea's missile, nuclear tests and the international response

North Korea has carried out its fifth nuclear test since it began its quest for nuclear arms in 2006, causing fresh concerns for its neighbours.

Iran is adhering to implementation of nuclear deal, agency says

Iran is adhering to all conditions of a nuclear deal that it struck last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

US nuclear arsenal runs on computers from 1970s and floppy disks

The arsenal of US nuclear weapons runs on antiquated floppy disks and over 40-year-old computer systems, according to a report from the United States Government Accountability Office.

Kim Jong-un vows to use nukes only in self-defence

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed not to use nuclear weapons unless attacked, state-run media said Sunday.

North Korea said to be preparing another nuke test

North Korea appears to be preparing for another nuclear test as it conducts a rare ruling party congress, according to recent satellite images published by a US website that monitors the country.

UN chief Ban urges world powers to push ahead on nuclear test pact

The leaders of global powers should unite to finally bring the global nuclear test ban treaty into effect, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in Vienna.

Belgian nuclear regulator declines German request to close reactors

Belgium's nuclear regulator FANC on Wednesday dismissed a request from German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks to temporarily shut down two defect-prone nuclear reactors until questions can be answered about their safety.

Double quake strengthens anti-nuclear voices in Japan

Two powerful earthquakes and more than 540 tremors have rattled Kyushu in southern Japan, home to one of the country's few operational nuclear power plants. Locals and critics have stepped up calls for it to close.

North Korea probably capable of fitting nuclear warhead on missile

North Korea is probably capable of fitting a nuclear warhead onto one of its existing missiles, a think tank said Monday.

G7 ministers renew pledge to work on nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations Monday vowed to enhance their efforts towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at a meeting in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Kerry makes historic visit to atomic bomb memorial in Hiroshima

US Secretary of State John Kerry paid tribute on Monday to victims of the US atomic bomb that was dropped on the western Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

G-7 ministers condemn North Korea’s nuclear, missile tests

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations Monday condemned North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests at the end of a two-day meeting in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

North Korea announces new engine for ballistic missiles

North Korea has carried out successful ground tests of a new engine for its intercontinental ballistic missiles, improving the range of its nuclear deterrent, the regime said Saturday.

Updated UN treaty to close gaps in preventing nuclear terrorism

Stricter UN rules on preventing nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists will come into effect in May, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Friday in Vienna.

Obama: Trump "doesn't know much about foreign policy"

US President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday for his recent statements about allies acquiring nuclear weaponry.

Obama hails "significant and meaningful" progress at nuclear summit

US President Barack Obama said Friday that "significant and meaningful" progress has been made in the last six years in reducing and securing nuclear material around the world.

Obama: Iran follows "letter," but not always spirit, of nuke deal

US President Barack Obama says that while Iran has followed the letter of the nuclear agreement reached last year with the P5+1, it actions sometimes run counter to the spirit of the deal.

Obama: Nations must share intelligence, prevent nuclear terrorism

The global community amid current terrorist threats "simply cannot afford" not to share "critical intelligence," US President Barack Obama said Friday, opening the final session at the Nuclear Security Summit.

Obama warns of dangers of nuclear terrorism at 50-nation summit

US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of nuclear terrorism in his opening remarks Friday at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

Obama vows cooperation with South Korea, Japan on North Korea

US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday the US will stand "united" with allies South Korea and Japan in the face of nuclear provocations by North Korea.

White House: Trump nuclear proposal would be "catastrophic"

A top White House national security official dismissed as potentially "catastrophic" a proposal by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump suggesting Japan and South Korea acquire nuclear weapons to counter the threat from North Korea.

North Korea threatens to test nuclear warhead, missiles

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Tuesday to conduct a nuclear warhead test and ballistic missile launches "in a short time," state media reported.

Russia, US disagree whether Iran rocket tests violated UN resolution

The United States and Russia disagreed Monday over whether recent ballistic missile tests conducted by Iran violated a UN Security Council resolution.

Japanese nuclear operator ordered to halt reactor over safety worries

A Japanese court on Wednesday ordered a nuclear plant operator to suspend a recently restarted reactor that cleared new safety regulations.

North Korea says it has developed ballistic nuclear warheads

North Korea has developed the technology to fit a nuclear warhead on a missile, leader Kim Yong Un was quoted as saying by state media Wednesday.

North Korea threatens "indiscriminate" strike against US, South Korea

North Korea threatened a nuclear first strike Monday, as it railed against tougher international sanctions and the start of spring manoeuvres by the United States and South Korea.

South Korea announces new sanctions against North

South Korea says it will unveil new unilateral sanctions against North Korea amid an escalation of tensions on the peninsula.

Greenpeace: Fukushima radiation fallout could last hundreds of years

The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan almost five years ago will have consequences for the environment lasting decades or even centuries, environmental group Greenpeace said Friday.

North Korea orders nuclear weapons readiness, warns enemies

North Korea's nuclear weapons should be ready for use at "any moment," leader Kim Jong Un said, according to state media on Friday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.

UN imposes toughest sanctions in 20 years on North Korea

The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution significantly tightening sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests in the past two months.

UN Security Council imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea

The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution significantly tightening sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests in the past two months.

Obama: Our message to North Korea is abandon dangerous programmes

US President Barack Obama welcomes the UN Security Council's action against North Korea, saying the resolution "levies strong new sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang's efforts to advance its weapons of mass destruction programmes."

UN: "No indications" that North Korea wants to end nuclear programme

A UN panel of experts found no indications that North Korea intends to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in response to current UN sanctions, according a report published Monday.

Ex-Japan power company bosses indicted over 2011 meltdown

Three former executives from Tokyo Electric Power were indicted Monday for allegedly failing to take measures to prevent Japan’s worst nuclear accident in 2011, the country’s first criminal charges related to the disaster, local media reported.

Iran broadly honours nuclear deal, first IAEA report shows

Iran is meeting key obligations to curb its nuclear programme under the deal Tehran struck with six world powers, according to a first report by the International Atomic Energy Agency since the deal went into effect in January.

Hollande to review compensation for nuclear tests in French Polynesia

French President Francois Hollande recognized the environmental and health impacts of nuclear tests conducted for 30 years in French Polynesia, saying that the compensation process for victims will be reviewed.

Report: US offered peace talks before North Korean nuclear test

The United States offered talks with North Korea to formalize a peace treaty with the South just before Pyongyang conducted a nuclear test explosion last month, a news report said.

Top EU court strikes down nuclear sanctions on Iran's Mellat bank

The European Union's top court on Thursday quashed an asset freeze on one of Iran's largest banks, arguing that the EU had not provided enough evidence to justify the nuclear-related restrictive measure.

South Korea warns of Pyongyang "collapse" over nuclear programme

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Tuesday that Pyongyang's nuclear programme will not bolster the North Korean regime but "will only hasten its collapse," news reports said, at a time of heightened tension between the two sides.

North Korea forging ahead with plutonium plans, US says

North Korea has expanded its nuclear programme and restarted a plutonium reactor at its main nuclear facility, the United States' intelligence chief said.

UN Security Council to take measures after North Korea missile launch

The UN Security Council "strongly" condemns the missile launch by North Korea and vows to "expeditiously" adopt a resolution imposing new measures, says Rafael Ramirez, Venezuelan ambassador to the UN and current president of the council.

UN calls emergency meeting after North Korean missile launch

The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting after North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, which Pyongyang said was carrying a satellite, but the US and its allies condemned as a missile test.

Chronology: North Korea's missile, nuclear tests

North Korea claimed on Sunday that it had launched a long-range rocket and successfully placed an Earth observation satellite into orbit, but the US and its allies suspect the move was a cover to test a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

Report: North Korea launches rocket

North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday just hours after the South Korean Defence Ministry said the reclusive country moved forward its time frame for the launch.

North Korea brings forward rocket launch window

North Korea has moved forward its time frame for launching a long-range rocket into space by one day, the South Korean Defence Ministry said Saturday.

South Korea, Japan warn Pyongyang against satellite launch

North Korea should abandon its plan to fire a rocket into space, its neighbours South Korea and Japan said Wednesday, after Pyongyang told UN agencies that it would carry out a satellite launch later this month.

North Korea plans to launch satellite into space, UN says

North Korea is planning to send a satellite rocket into space this month, the UN said Tuesday, less than a month after the reclusive regime's controversial nuclear test.

Japan reactivates third nuclear reactor under updated regulations

Kansai Electric Power has restarted a nuclear reactor on the Sea of Japan coast, the company said Friday, the third unit reactivated in the country under updated regulations following the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

South Korea wants North excluded from nuclear talks

South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Friday called for multilateral talks to resolve the nuclear dispute with North Korea, but without the communist state's involvement.

Iran wants to build two new nuclear power plants with China's help

Iran would like to construct two new nuclear power stations with the help of China, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday.

EU's delegation to visit Iran in coming months, top diplomat says

The West ended wide-ranging economic measures on Iran at the weekend, after experts confirmed that Tehran had kept its side of a landmark agreement with six major powers to significantly curb its nuclear programme.

Iran brushes off new US sanctions as "propaganda" as IAEA head visits

New sanctions imposed on Iran's ballistic missile programme by the United States are mere "propaganda," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jaber Ansari said Monday in Tehran.

Iran, US celebrate "rare" chance at "new chapter" with nuclear deal

A whirlwind weekend of prisoner exchanges, reduced sanctions and confirmation that Tehran has degraded its nuclear programme gives the US and Iran a "rare" chance to start a "new chapter", US and Iranian leaders said Sunday.

US citizens freed in prisoner swap leave Iran, says State Department

All US citizens freed as part of a prisoner exchange with Iran have been released, the US State Department says.

Netanyahu: World must re-impose sanctions if Iran violates nuke deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the lifting of sanctions against Iran and said that world powers must be prepared to restore them in case of any breach of the nuclear deal.

Iran's president greets "new chapter" in relations with world

The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran after a decade of international isolation has opened a "new chapter" in the country's history, President Hassan Rowhani said Sunday.

UN nuclear chief heads to Iran after sanctions lifted

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was due to arrive in Tehran Sunday, the day after international sanctions were lifted as part of a landmark nuclear accord.