Alexandra Troubnikoff, Agence France-Presse
Russian and US negotiators wrapped up talks in on confidence-building cuts in their nuclear arsenals, a diplomat said Wednesday, in a final drive to lay the foundations for a summit next month.
The third formal round of negotiations on replacing the Cold War era Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Geneva "has ended", a Russian diplomat said.
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday extended a set of economic sanctions on North Korea for another year as tension soars with the communist state over its nuclear and missile programs.
Jung Sung-ki, The Korea Times
Amid growing concern about North Korea's high-stake nuclear gamesmanship, the United States has vowed to provide an "extended" nuclear umbrella to South Korea, where no tactical nuclear weapons are present.
Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post
The White House announced yesterday that it had withdrawn invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend Fourth of July festivities at U.S. embassies around the world. The move is the first tangible penalty the United States has imposed against the Iranian government in the wake of the brutal crackdown of demonstrations over the disputed presidential elections.
World Nuclear News
Recent days have seen diplomats from Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait strengthening their ties with established nuclear power countries as they move towards setting up their own nuclear programs.