China backs Pak's NSG bid, but says must also acquire ''crucial'' NPT status

 As the ninth Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference concluded, China has gone on record to say that while it backed Pakistan`s bid to gain access to the Nuclear Supplier`s Group (NSG), its inking of the NPT was "crucial."

Will not sign nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Pakistan

 Pakistan said it will not sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) because it considers it discriminatory.

Middle East nuclear weapons ban proposal stumbles at UN

A UN attempt to work out a ban on nuclear weapons in the Middle East was in jeopardy after Egypt complained on Monday about the lack of progress and demanded the resignation of the Finnish coordinator of the initiative.

US aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring UN sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior US official said on Tuesday.

New Kerry-Zarif talks possible in New York Monday

US Secretary of State John Kerry may meet next week with his Iranian counterpart in New York, for the first time since their marathon talks which sealed the outlines of an emerging ground-breaking nuclear deal.

Iran says Zarif could hold nuclear talks in New York

Iran`s foreign minister could meet counterparts from the major powers in New York later this month to press efforts for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, his ministry said on Wednesday.

'Be vigilant against threat of biological weapons'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the whole world to continue to remain vigilant against the threat of biological weapons despite the progress made by the international community in preventing their spread, media reported on Friday.

'India, US only nations that can voluntarily give up N-weapons'

India and the US are the only two countries in world that can think about voluntarily giving up nuclear weapons without compromising their security, former diplomat KC Singh has said.

Iran urges serious N-talks with global powers

The Iranian government has called for "serious" nuclear talks with the world powers to settle the country`s long-standing nuclear programme.

Iran evading international responsibility: US

Alleging that Iran is evading its international responsibilities, the Obama administration has accused Tehran of indulging in "rope-a-dope diplomacy".

N Korea has `nothing to fear` from new nuclear policy: US

North Korea has "nothing to fear" if it breaks from its nuclear weapons program, officials in Washington have insisted after Pyongyang attacked the new US nuclear policy as showing continued hostility.

Reprocessing accord with India soon: US

Reiterating that Washington remains "very much committed" to the nuclear deal with India, a US official sees "good progress" on crucial talks on reprocessing and hopes an accord would emerge well before the August deadline.

India nuclear deal has not complicated non-proliferation efforts: US

The landmark India-US civil nuclear deal has not complicated efforts to achieve universalisation of the Additional Protocol for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards as a condition for nuclear supply.

Russia denies report of assisting Iran`s nuclear programme

Russia has strongly denied a US
media report about assisting Teheran`s nuclear weapons
programme, saying Moscow is firmly guided by its obligations
under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

US, EU ask India, other non-signatories to join NPT

Voicing their commitment to
preserving and strengthening the authority and integrity of
NPT, the US and EU have asked India and other non-signatories
to join the treaty, a pact New Delhi considers discriminatory.

Stop countering nuclear drive, Iran tells world powers

Iran told world powers on Monday they must stop working against its atomic drive and instead adopt a policy of interaction with the Islamic republic to resolve the nuclear crisis.

Clinton should urge India to sign NPT: NYT

Ahead of her talks with the Indian leadership, a US newspaper has said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should urge India to drop its opposition to NPT and consider opening regional arms talks with Pakistan and China.