​Iran and EU agree to restart nuclear deal talks on Borrell visit | Nuclear Energy News

Indirect talks between Iran and the US are set to resume after the EU foreign policy chief visits Tehran to resolve the impasse. Tehran, Iran – Iran and the European Union have agreed during a visit by the bloc’s foreign policy chief to summarize nuclear talks with the United States that have stalled since March. … Read more

Kim, N Korea military approve plans to strengthen ‘war deterrent’ | Nuclear Weapons News

Analysts say North Koreans could indicate plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons to front lines. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a strengthening of the country’s defense capabilities at a key meeting where top military officials adopted an “important” action plan for front-line troops. The decisions, reported by state media on Friday, have … Read more

Iran’s Raisi pushes regional diplomacy as nuclear tensions rise | Nuclear Energy News

Tehran, Iran – The administration of President Ebrahim Raisi in Iran is continuing its push for regional diplomacy as tensions with the West over its nuclear program continue to build up. The conservative president came to power in August 2021 with the promise of “extending a hand of friendship and brotherhood” to other nations, with … Read more

New activity detected at North Korea’s nuclear testing facility | Nuclear Weapons News

Satellite images suggest work is underway on a second tunnel at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility, according to the US think tank. North Korea has essentially completed restoration work at its Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility and appears to be expanding construction activity into a second tunnel, according to a new analysis from the Center for … Read more

Nuclear-armed nations spent $82.4bn on weapons in 2021 | Nuclear Weapons News

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons accuses nuclear-armed nations of ‘obscene’ spending and notes extensive industry lobbying. The world’s nine nuclear-armed countries spent $82.4bn upgrading their atomic weaponry in 2021, eight percent more than the year before, a campaign group has said. The biggest spender was the United States, which accounted for more than half … Read more

‘Global nuclear arsenal to grow for first time since Cold War’

STOCKHOLM: The number of nuclear weapons in the world is set to rise in the coming decade after 35 years of decline as global tensions flare amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, researchers said Monday. The nine nuclear powers — Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, the United States and Russia — had 12,705 … Read more

Global stockpile of nuclear weapons expected to rise: SIPRI | Nuclear Weapons News

The global stockpile of nuclear weapons is expected to rise in coming years for the first time since the Cold War due to global tensions, a leading arms watchdog has said. In its annual report published on Monday (PDF), the Stockholm International Peace Research (SIPRI) said on Monday that all nine nuclear-armed countries are increasing … Read more

Why some South Koreans want their own nuclear bomb | Nuclear Weapons News

Seoul, South Korea – Hours after United States President Joe Biden left Tokyo following a five-day tour to Japan and South Korea last week, officials in Seoul sounded the alarm over the launch of a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile test from North Korea. If confirmed, the launch of an ICBM – a weapon that is … Read more

US, Japan, South Korea condemn N Korea tests; US widens sanctions | Weapons News

Moves come after China and Russia vetoed a US-led push to tighten UN sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile launches. The United States, Japan and South Korea have strongly condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches in a joint statement that followed the US move to impose sanctions on those associated with Pyongyang’s … Read more

New US sanctions target North Korean weapons of mass destruction | Nuclear Weapons News

The move came a day after China and Russia vetoed a US-led push to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile launches. The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on two Russian banks, a North Korean company and a person accused of supporting North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction programme, increasing … Read more