N.Korea’s Kim agrees to inspections in bid to salvage nuclear talks

By Hyonhee Shin and Soyoung Kim SEOUL, Sept 19 : North Korea said on Wednesday it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, in a new gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country’s nuclear programme. After a summit in Pyongyang, Kim […]

U.S. seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran – special envoy

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Sept 19 : The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran that will cover both its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, the U.S. special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of U.N. meetings in New York next week. “The new deal that we hope to be able […]

At Dimona reactor, Netanyahu warns Israel’s foes they risk ruin

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Aug 29 : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor on Wednesday to warn the country’s enemies that it has the means to destroy them, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to its assumed nuclear arsenal. “Those who threaten to wipe us out […]

Iran’s Khamenei says Europe cannot save nuclear deal, help economy

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, Aug 29 : Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday cast doubt on the ability of European countries to save Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers, now under threat following a U.S. withdrawal, and said Tehran might abandon the agreement. Khamenei cautioned President Hassan Rouhani not to rely too […]

U.S. commander in South Korea says he supports plan to reduce DMZ outposts

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Aug 22 : The top commander of U.S. troops in South Korea said on Wednesday he supports moves to withdraw some outposts along the fortified border with North Korea, despite the risks. South Korea’s defence ministry has said it plans to reduce guard posts and equipment along the demilitarised zone on […]

Iraq to ask US for exemptions on some Iran sanctions

By Ahmed Rasheed and Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD, Aug 21 : Iraq’s economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad is going to ask Washington for permission to ignore some US sanctions on its neighbour, Iraqi government and central bank officials said. US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from an international deal aimed […]