Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan`s army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed.
The Chinese military on Wednesday virtually confirmed reports that it carried out a third test of its new hypersonic missile, saying such "scientific experiments" are not directed against other countries.
Iran, the United States and other world powers are discussing an extension to Monday`s deadline for a deal to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran`s atomic ambitions, Western and Iranian officials said.
The US and Europe should work more closely to make Pakistan's nuclear weapons a greater international priority as their proliferation pose a major risk to global security, an American thinktank has suggested.
India has voted against the provisions of draft resolutions that would have required it to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying there is "no question" of it joining the treaty as a non- nuclear weapon state.
The commander of US forces in South Korea said Friday that North Korea likely has the ability to produce a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile, but officials later sought to downplay his remarks.
The United Kingdom`s Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that `Islamic State terrorists could acquire chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons` to attack Britain if they are successful in establishing an extremist state.