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Iran fails to abide by agreement on monitoring equipment: IAEA

The global nuclear watchdog said on Sunday Iran had failed to fully honour the terms of a deal struck two weeks ago to allow the watchdog’s inspectors to service monitoring equipment in the country. “The (IAEA) Director General (Rafael Grossi) stresses that Iran’s decision not to allow agency access to the TESA Karaj centrifuge component […]

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United Nations’ nuclear watchdog reach agreement with Iran to avert another crisis

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog and Iran’s nuclear chief reached an agreement that will prevent another crisis looming over the prospect of restoring Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal. Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), landed in Tehran late on Saturday and met Mohammad Eslami, the newly appointed head […]

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China expands capacity to store and launch nuclear missiles, US scientists say

China is expanding its capacity to store and launch nuclear missiles, US scientists say. Satellite images from Xinjiang province in the west of the country suggest it is building a nuclear missile silo field, a report from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) says. US defence officials have expressed concern about China’s nuclear build-up. It […]

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China admits damage to fuel rods at nuclear power plant, increased radiation levels

The Chinese government acknowledged damage to fuel rods at a nuclear power plant, but ruled out a high level of radioactive leak. China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment said the problem was “common” with no need for concern. It was earlier reported that a French energy firm which helps operate the plant in Guangdong province […]

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Iran decides to enrich uranium purity up to 60% in response to nuclear sabotage: Hassan Rouhani

Iran has decided to enrich uranium purity up to 60% in response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday. After an explosion at its Natanz uranium enrichment site on Sunday blamed by Tehran on arch-foe Israel, Iran said it would begin enriching uranium at 60%, a move bringing […]

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Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility hit by act of ‘nuclear terrorism’

An incident at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday was caused by an act of “nuclear terrorism”, the country’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to state TV. “The action taken against the Natanz site shows the failure of the opposition to Iran’s industrial and political progress to prevent the significant development of Iran’s […]

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Iran inaugurates new advanced centrifuges further breaching nuclear deal

Iran began feeding gas to cascades of new, advanced centrifuges and unveiled dozens of “achievements” to mark its national nuclear technology day in an effort to show its nuclear programme is peaceful. President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday launched several projects across the country via video link in Tehran that was broadcast live on national television, […]

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‘North Korea’s nuclear programme ’cause for serious concern’: UN watchdog warns

The world nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said North Korea’s nuclear programme is continuing despite United Nations sanctions and remains “a cause for serious concern” as negotiations on denuclearisation stalled for more than two years. “The continuation of the DPRK’s nuclear programme is a clear violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions […]

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Iran to enrich uranium to 20% purity, UN watchdog says

Iran will start enriching uranium to 20% purity, the United Nation’s atomic watchdog said. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran had informed it of its plans to enrich to a purity of up to 20% at its Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, a facility built deep inside a mountain. But the agency added: “Iran’s […]

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Iran now has stockpile of enriched uranium 10 times more than permitted levels

Iran now has stockpile of enriched uranium 10 times more than permitted levels, UN’s nuclear watchdog says. According to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),  Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile had reached 2,105kg. Iran insists its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes. It comes after Iran gave IAEA inspectors access to one of two suspected former […]

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UAE starts operation of Arab world’s first nuclear plant

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) started operation of the initial unit of its first nuclear power plant, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said. The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant located in Gharbiya which is on the Gulf coast west of Abu Dhabi. It is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). The plant was […]

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Kim Jong-un chairs meeting to bolster North Korea’s nuclear war deterrence

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a military meeting to discuss new policies to bolster the country’s nuclear capabilities amid stalled denuclearisation talks with the United States. The meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful Central Military Commission marked Kim’s first public appearance in three weeks. He made an unusually small number of outings […]