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N. Korea, Iran may be competing to obtain WMD materials: CRS

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government seems to have not secured any clear evidence yet of nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Iran, according to a think tank affiliated with the U.S. Congress. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) said the two states may be rather vying with each other to develop key materials for their weapons of mass destruction programs.

Kerry: 'It was easier' in Cold War

Secretary of State John Kerry attested Tuesday to the massively complex challenges Washington faces in Ukraine, Russia, Iran and the Middle East, declaring "it was easier" during the Cold War. In a candid moment during a State Department speech, the top US diplomat said changing global power dynamics made a quaint memory of the early East-West stalemate, when American children would "crouch under our desks at school and practice" safety steps for a possible nuclear attack.

China urges restraint as N. Korea boosts activity at nuclear test site

BEIJING, April 22 (Yonhap) -- China called for calm and restraint on Tuesday after South Korea warned of a potential "surprise nuclear test" by North Korea while citing signs of activity observed at North Korea's nuclear test site. "We call on all relevant parties to keep calm and exercise restraint under current circumstances," China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said, when asked about potential signs of what would be the North's fourth nuclear test.

China urges restraint as N. Korea boosts activity at nuclear test site

BEIJING, April 22 (Yonhap) -- China called for calm and restraint on Tuesday after South Korea warned of a potential "surprise nuclear test" by North Korea while citing signs of activity observed at North Korea's nuclear test site. "We call on all relevant parties to stay calm and exercise restraint under current circumstances," China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said, when asked about potential signs of what would be the North's fourth nuclear test. Qin also urged "all relevant parties" not to take any action that would escalate tensions in the region.

Seoul seeks UNSC statement on WMD nonproliferation: official

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to push for the adoption of a statement on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when it assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council next month, a government official said Monday. South Korea, a nonpermanent member of the council, is scheduled to take the rotating presidential seat of the security body in May, following its previous one-month presidency in February 2013.

Ukraine PM says Russia undermining global stability

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk warned in an interview that aired Sunday that Russia is undermining global stability and nuclear nonproliferation efforts amid an ongoing crisis between Kiev and the Kremlin. Ahead of a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden, he also called for financial and economic support and help modernizing Ukraine's military -- while stopping short of asking for weapons.

Obama's Prague agenda is for youth to inherit

Since President Obama made his momentous Prague speech five years ago calling for a world without nuclear weapons, people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to request that the president visit their cities. While many feel that Obama's Prague agenda has lost momentum in the face of the harsh realities of both international security and domestic politics, it is fair to say that significant progress has been made on both the nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation fronts.

India's Modi says committed to no first use of nuclear weapons

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was committed to a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, seeking to assuage concern after his Hindu nationalist BJP party vowed to revise the nuclear doctrine if elected to power. India declared itself a nuclear weapons state after carrying out tests in the summer of 1998, which were followed by tests by Pakistan. Since then both have been developing nuclear weapons and testing longer range missiles.

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.

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.
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