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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.