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Trump says US to exit landmark nuclear arms pact, Russia threatens retaliation

ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW: President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. “Russia has not,…

Pakistan elected as member of IAEA BoGs for two years

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has once again been elected as member of Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the next two years. The election was held in a meeting of the agency in Austrian city of Vienna. A Pakistani delegation led by Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Muhammad Naeem was also in attendance. This is seen as huge diplomatic achievement of Pakistan and also recognition of the country's status as a responsible nuclear power state. Out of thirty five members, eleven are…

North Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile program: UN report

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters on Friday. The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee late on Friday. “(North Korea) has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit…

Nuclear deal may take more than one meeting with North Korea’s Kim: Trump

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday it may take more than one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to seal a denuclearization deal and that he would like Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme as quickly as possible under any agreement. Trump, in a brief interview with Reuters aboard Air Force One as he flew to Texas for Republican fund raising events, said he was still hoping for a summit with Kim on June 12 in Singapore. The president emphasized that it may take more…

North Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite US summit doubts

SEOUL: Invited foreign journalists began a long journey up North Korea's east coast Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime's nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen. In a surprise announcement Pyongyang said earlier this month that it planned to "completely" destroy the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul. Punggye-ri has been the staging ground for all six of…