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North Korea could conduct a nuclear test ‘anytime’, US representative warns

North Korea could conduct a seventh nuclear test “at any time”, a US official has warned. Sung Kim, US special representative to North Korea, made the warning days after Pyongyang test-launched a record eight ballistic missiles on Sunday. Any such nuclear test would be met with a “swift and forceful response”, US Deputy Secretary of […]

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Iran weeks away from accumulating ‘significant quantity’ of enriched uranium

Iran is only a few weeks away from having a “significant quantity of enriched uranium,” the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Director General Rafael Grossi said on Monday. “Having a significant quantity does not mean having a bomb,” Grossi told a press conference following the start of the quarterly Board of Governors meeting in the Austrian […]

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North Korea unveil Hollywood-style movie starring Kim Jong-Un during Hwasong-17 launch

North Koreans were treated to a Hollywood-style movie, with dramatic music and video effects, starring Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a leather jacket and dark glasses. State-run television North Korean Central Television usually broadcasts Kim family propaganda, alongside military band concerts and feature films about patriotism and feats of labour. Anything away from this deviates. The […]

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Germany shuts half of its six nuclear plants a year before final deadline

Germany is shutting down half of the six nuclear plants it still has in operation, a year before the country draws the final curtain on its decades-long use of atomic power. The decision to phase out nuclear power and shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy was first taken by the centre-left government of former […]

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Report finds China expanding nuclear arsenal much faster than previously thought, US worried

China is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal and may have 1,000 nuclear warheads by the end of the decade as it aims to surpass US global influence by the middle of the 21st century, according to a major Pentagon report released on Wednesday. The estimate, based on the rapid modernization of China’s nuclear strike options […]

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Scotland’s only working nuclear power plant attacked by swarm of jellyfish

Scotland’s only working nuclear power plant at Torness shut down in an emergency procedure this week when jellyfish clogged the sea water-cooling intake pipes at the plant, according to the Scotland Herald. Without access to cool water, a nuclear power plant risks overheating, with potentially disastrous results. The intake pipes can also be damaged, which […]

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China denies western media reports that it tested nuclear capable hypersonic missile

China has denied western media reports that it tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile earlier this year, insisting instead that it was a routine spacecraft check. The report in the Financial Times newspaper prompted concern in Washington, where US intelligence was reportedly caught by surprise. Hypersonic missiles are much faster and more agile than normal ones, […]

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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 […]