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July 29, 2015
Nuclear weapons not a toy, says N. Korea's China envoy
Beijing (AFP) July 28, 2015
North Korea's nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang's ambassador to China said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by a US envoy. The comments by Ji Jae-Ryong came after an international deal with Tehran to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of crippling sanctions. In a rare press conference in Beijing, Ji said the North's nuclear capability was "not a plaything to be put on the negotiating table as it is the essential means to ... read more

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Iran's Zarif has 'no concern' about nuclear deal
Iran's foreign minister moved Tuesday to dismiss speculation that his country's nuclear deal with major powers could hit difficulties, saying he had "no concern or worry" about its implementation. ... more
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US envoy on N. Korea says Iran deal proves flexibility
The US envoy on the North Korean nuclear issue said Monday that Washington's recent deal with Tehran amply demonstrated its openness in denuclearisation negotiations. ... more
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Saudi FM tells EU of 'aggressive' Iran comments
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran, intensifying the verbal sparring between the regional rivals after a global deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. ... more
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Israel says possible spy release unlinked to Iran deal
Israel's justice minister sought Saturday to quell speculation that the potential release of jailed spy Jonathan Pollard was a US gesture to ease Israeli anger over the Iran nuclear deal. ... more
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'Embarrassing' if Congress rejects Iran deal: Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday it would be embarrassing to him and a blow to US credibility on the world stage if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal. ... more
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Pyongyang style: North Korea girl bands rock China's border
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'Fleeced, bamboozled' Kerry defends Iran deal
US Secretary of State John Kerry faced blistering accusations Thursday that he had been "fleeced" and "bamboozled" by Tehran, as he defended the Iran nuclear deal publicly for the first time on Capitol Hill. ... more
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N. Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap
North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday. ... more
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EU's Mogherini to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia next week
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will visit Iran and Saudi Arabia next week following the agreement she helped broker with Tehran on its contested nuclear programme, her office said Thursday. ... more
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Iran's Zarif defends 'balanced' nuclear deal to MPs
Iran's foreign minister defended Tuesday what he said was a "balanced" nuclear deal with world powers, telling lawmakers there was a need to accept that the negotiations had required compromise. ... more
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Americans pack Times Square to denounce Iran deal
Protesters poured into New York's Times Square on Wednesday to denounce the Iran nuclear deal as a threat to Israel and global security, demanding that Congress reject the agreement. ... more
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Saudis seek US reassurance on Iran deal
Saudi leaders on Wednesday sought reassurance from US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter over a deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions. ... more
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Pentagon chief tries to calm Mideast jitters over Iran deal
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter sought to reassure anxious Middle East allies Tuesday over the Iran nuclear deal during a regional tour that includes stops in Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. ... more
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N. Korea says no interest in Iran-style nuclear deal
North Korea said Tuesday it had no interest in following Iran down the path of nuclear dialogue, insisting it was already a nuclear weapons state and therefore beyond any logical comparison with Tehran. ... more
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S. Korea regrets North's rejection of talks offers
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UN endorses Iran deal, paves way to lift sanctions
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday endorsing the historic deal on Iran's nuclear program and cleared a path to lift sanctions crippling its economy. ... more
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Germany eyes Iran business but Israel tops differences
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US defence secretary seeks to ease Israeli concerns over Iran deal
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The Iran nuclear deal -- Buckle up for a very rough ride
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US lawmakers sent Iran deal, triggering 60-day review
The US State Department on Sunday officially transferred to American lawmakers the complex text of an Iran nuclear deal, firing the starting gun on what is set to be a bitter Congress battle. ... more
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UN to pave way for lifting sanctions on Iran
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Obama rebuffs critics of Iran nuclear pact
US President Barack Obama rebuffed critics of the Iran nuclear agreement Saturday, defending the historic accord amid skepticism from lawmakers reviewing the deal. ... more
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US defence secretary seeks to ease Israeli concerns over Iran deal
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter visited Israel on Monday in a bid to ease concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran, saying the Jewish state remains the "bedrock of American strategy" in the region. ... more
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