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U.N. adopts motion calling for nuke elimination for 20th year in row

A Japan-led resolution calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons was overwhelmingly approved Thursday with 169 countries backing the move at the United Nations, marking the 20th year in a row that such a resolution was adopted. During the plenary session held in the General Assembly hall only one country, North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, voted against the measure.

U.N. nuclear watchdog to gain wider access in Myanmar

VIENNA (Reuters) - Myanmar agreed on Tuesday to grant the U.N. nuclear watchdog wider inspection powers in the previously army-ruled Asian state, a move expected to help ease any lingering concern about its nuclear ambitions. Myanmar's foreign minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, signed the so-called Additional Protocol in a brief ceremony with Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the sidelines of the IAEA's annual member state meeting.

Myanmar to grant U.N. nuclear watchdog wider access

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog will gain wider inspection powers in Myanmar under an agreement to be signed this week, in a further sign of the formerly army-ruled Asian state opening up to the outside world. Myanmar will sign the so-called Additional Protocol - which allows unannounced inspections outside of declared nuclear sites - with the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday, the Vienna-based IAEA said. The move will help to ease any lingering concern about Myanmar's nuclear ambitions.

India, Japan working to finalize nuclear cooperation accord: Motegi

India and Japan still need to address "several outstanding issues" before a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation deal can be signed, Japanese Minister of Trade, Economy and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi said Thursday. "We hope to finalize the civil nuclear cooperation agreement with India as soon as possible," Motegi told a joint press conference in New Delhi after participating in the seventh India-Japan Energy Dialogue.

U.S. rejects North Korean demand for nuclear status

By Robert Birsel and Stephanie Nebehay SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea insisted on Tuesday that it be recognised as a nuclear weapons state, a demand the United States promptly dismissed as "neither realistic nor acceptable". After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula, including North Korean threats of nuclear war, the North has in recent days begun to at least talk about dialogue in response to calls for talks from both the United States and South Korea.

Iran dismisses concerns of nuclear-armed states

Iran on Saturday dismissed concerns raised by five nuclear-armed states over Tehran's controversial atomic programme, saying the Islamic republic is committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. "Iran is a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (and) will continue its cooperation" with the UN atomic watchdog, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in remarks reported by the ISNA news agency.

Lawmaker brandishes South Korea nuclear option

A prominent South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday that his country should consider developing nuclear weapons or bringing back the US arsenal as a way to pressure North Korea and its ally China. Chung Mong-Joon, a billionaire businessman who belongs to the ruling conservative New Frontier Party, said on a visit to Washington that the latest crisis with North Korea showed that diplomacy had failed with Pyongyang.

N.Korea nuclear test needs 'adequate' UN response: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday he expected the UN Security Council to agree on "an adequate response" to North Korea's controversial nuclear test. "I know that the UN Security Council is to be discussing this issue in the next few hours and (will) make relevant agreements and decisions on that," he said via a translator on a visit to Pretoria. "Such actions that are worth condemnation require an adequate response."
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