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Nuclear export group debates ties with Israel: document

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States and three European allies want a global body controlling nuclear exports to consider whether to establish closer ties with non-members including Israel, despite its assumed atomic arsenal, a confidential document showed. The issue is sensitive as Israel is outside a 1970 international pact designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and the Jewish state is widely believed to be the only country with such arms in the volatile Middle East.

Anti-nuclear states demand N. Korea halts weapons programme

Twelve countries seeking to abolish nuclear weapons on Saturday denounced North Korea's atomic programme at the close of a meeting in Hiroshima, saying it endangered global stability. The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) criticised North Korea for its nuclear and missile programme and urged the reclusive state to accept inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and return to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Non-nuclear armed states urge world leaders to visit A-bombed cities

Foreign ministers from a coalition of non-nuclear weapons states on Saturday urged world leaders to visit and learn from the two Japanese cities atom-bombed in 1945, as they reiterated their commitment to a world free of nuclear arms. The ministers of the 12-member Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative also expressed concern about the reported build-up of nuclear arsenals by some nations, an apparent reference to countries such as China and India, and condemned North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Austrian foreign minister to travel to Israel, Iran

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz will travel to Israel and Iran later this month, the ministry announced on Wednesday, as talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme ended in Vienna. "A date has not been set but the trip to Iran will probably be in late April," ministry spokesman Martin Weiss told AFP. He did not give any other details about the trips. Iranian media earlier reported that Kurz would be travelling to Tehran on April 26.

Austrian foreign minister to travel to Israel, Iran

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz will travel to Israel and Iran later this month, the ministry announced on Wednesday, as talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme ended in Vienna. "A date has not been set but the trip to Iran will probably be in late April," ministry spokesman Martin Weiss told AFP. He did not give any other details about the trips. Iranian media earlier reported that Kurz would be travelling to Tehran on April 26.

Iran cooperating, implementing nuclear deal as planned: IAEA

By Balazs Koranyi OSLO (Reuters) - Iran is cooperating with U.N. nuclear inspectors seeking answers about detonators that could be used to help set off an atomic explosive device, part of a wider investigation into Tehran's activities, their chief said on Wednesday. Iran agreed late last year to grant inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) greater access to nuclear-related sites and to provide more information about its atomic programme, which it says is for purely peaceful purposes.

Iran nuclear deal being implemented as planned: IAEA chief

OSLO (Reuters) - Iran is implementing last year's interim nuclear deal with six world powers as planned, U.N. atomic energy chief Yukiya Amano said on Wednesday, almost three months after the accord took effect. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has a pivotal role in checking that Iran is complying with the terms of the November 24 agreement, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions easing.

Ukraine-Russia row over Crimea spreads to U.N. nuclear agency

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic agency has got caught up in the diplomatic crossfire over Crimea as Russia insists its agreements with the Vienna-based watchdog now also cover the annexed Black Sea peninsula, a confidential exchange showed on Friday. Ukraine, for its part, urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "to avoid any actions" which might be construed as recognition of Russia's annexation of the region.

Ukraine-Russia row over Crimea spreads to U.N. nuclear agency

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic agency has got caught up in the diplomatic crossfire over Crimea as Russia insists its agreements with the Vienna-based watchdog now also cover the annexed Black Sea peninsula, a confidential exchange showed on Friday. Ukraine, for its part, urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "to avoid any actions" which might be construed as recognition of Russia's annexation of the region.

Israel's Peres to meet UN nuclear watchdog chief

Israeli President Shimon Peres flies to Vienna on Sunday for talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency head, the pan-European security watchdog OSCE and Austrian leaders, his office said. Peres and Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog, will discuss its "role as the professional body leading the effort to put the brakes on Iran's nuclear programme," his office said in a statement Thursday.
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