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# Nuclear Weapons

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Russia and US now have 90 per cent of the world’s nuclear weapons
Russia has more more nuclear weapons than any other country in the world, just surpassing the tally of the United States.
North Korea to US: 'Let's talk, but only if you dump your nukes'
North Korea says it will only talk without preconditions, or unless both sides give up their nuclear arsenal in advance.
North Korea fires another short-range missile from east coast
The test is the fourth launch in just two days, at a time when tensions with South Korea and Japan remain high.
North Korea demands recognition of 'nuclear state' status before US talks
Pyongyang says talks must be held on the basis that nuclear states are equals – but the US says it won’t ever acknowledge it.
South Korean minister says North Korea 'preparing a fourth nuclear test'
Seoul’s Unification minister says there are signs that North Korea is preparing yet another test, as tensions remain high.
Timeline: North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests
A timeline of the country’s rocket launches and nuclear tests since 1998, leading up to yesterday’s widely-condemned test.
Ireland condemns North Korean nuclear test 'in strongest terms'
Eamon Gilmore adds his voice to a chorus of international opposition to North Korea’s nuclear explosive testing.
Video: Nukes must be eradicated but US ignoring the issue: Gorbachev
The former Soviet leader says the US is doing too little to get rid of nuclear weapons.
Iran summit stumbles on nuclear, Syria criticism
Egypt’s new president publicly sided with Syria’s opposition while Iran’s supreme leader clashed with the head of the UN over its nuclear programme.
Iran's supreme leader: 'Thunder will fall on Israel if it attacks'
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Israel is isolated and vulnerable - and any “wrong action” will prompt response.
Obama warns North Korea and Iran over nuclear ambitions
He also admitted that the US has more nuclear weapons than it needs.
Iran to grant UN nuclear inspectors access to military complex
IAEA inspectors had previously been banned from examining the facility they suspect is carrying out secret atomic work.
North Korea agrees to suspend nuclear activities and freeze missile tests
Washington and Pyongyang both announce that North Korea will allow IAEA inspectors to verify that it has stopped work.
Iran threatens pre-emptive strike against 'enemies'
The warning comes amid speculation in some quarters that the US or Israel could launch military action against the Middle Eastern power.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
Your evening round-up of the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
Diplomats reveal: Iran 'poised for major nuclear expansion'
Anonymous diplomats have told the Associated Press that Iran has readied an underground site for thousands of centrifuges.
Govt backs sanctions against Iran on nuclear issues, but not Israel
Speaking in the Dáil this week, Eamon Gilmore ruled out Irish support of military action against Iran.
Daily Fix: Wednesday
In today’s Fix: household charge campaign; health service ‘reduction’; and the best way to get onto a crowded bus…
'Arrests made' over magnet-bomb assassination
An Iranian official has said that several people are being held over the killing of a scientist last week.
North Korea keeps door open for food-nuke deal with US
North Korea has today signalled that it remains open to suspending uranium enrichment in exchange for US food aid.
World War III? No problem - half a million Irish will fight it
Secret document revealed under 30-year rule shows Ireland had been assessed for the help it could provide in the case of a nuclear war threat.
UN reveals 'credible evidence' of Iranian nuclear weapons programme
The UN’s nuclear agency says it is “increasingly concerned” that Iran is secretly building an offensive nuclear programme.
North Korea ready to resume anti-nuclear talks ‘without preconditions’
After talks with Russia, North Korea is reportedly willing to start six-day disarmament talks without prior conditions.
North Korea reopens hotline to South Korea
State breaks eight months of silence by allowing Red Cross to re-establish contact between the two states but tensions still high.
Cameron criticised for Iran nuke gaffe
The British Prime Minister’s latest diplomatic blunder – accusing Iran of possessing a nuclear weapon – is criticised as “dangerous”.
Iran agrees to talks after EU imposes further sanctions
Iran gets hit with further sanctions from the EU on trade, transport and oil sectors.