Nuclear Weapons

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
United Kingdom announces expansion of nuclear weapons
United Kingdom announces expansion of nuclear weapons
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For the first time in decades of disarmament, the British government wants to allow an expansion of its nuclear arsenal. According to a document on the country's strategic reorientation after Brexit, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented in parliament, the limit on the number of nuclear warheads, which had previously been set until the middle of the decade, is to be increased from 180 to up to 260.

This is necessary to maintain a minimum level of deterrence in the face of the "changing security environment, including a range of technological and ideological threats", it said. It is the most far-reaching change in Britain's foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.

Regional News • Americas • United States
US agrees to join talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal

The United States has agreed to join talks to revive the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, after former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal in 2018.

"The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran's nuclear program," State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Regional News • Middle East
Scientist considered as the architect of the Iranian nuclear program assassinated

A leading Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated near the capital Tehran on Friday, Iran's Defense Ministry announced on state television. Iran's state media reports that the scientist died during an attack in the Absard area of the province of Damavand, about 60 kilometres east of Tehran.

Western officials and experts believe Fakhrizadeh played a pivotal role in suspected Iranian work in the past to develop the means to assemble a nuclear warhead behind the facade of a declared civilian uranium enrichment programme.

In 2018, Netanyahu gave a presentation in which he unveiled what he described as material stolen by Israel from an Iranian nuclear archive and showed a photograph of Fakhrizadeh.

Regional News • World
UN Secretary-General warns that the world lives "in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe"
UN Secretary-General warns that the world lives "in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe"
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In a high-level meeting to commemorate the recent International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the progress of denuclearization "has stalled and is at risk of backsliding". He added a warning that our current world is living "in the shadow of nuclear catastrophe" referring to growing tensions between the different nations that have nuclear powers.

Regional News • Europe • Russia
Putin signs policy that permits defense with nuclear weapons against non nuclear attacks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree outlining the types of threats that could trigger the use of atomic weapons. The new decree includes as one of those threats the launch of non-nuclear ballistic missiles that are targeted at Russia or Russian allies and are deemed to be an existential threat.

The new policy replaces a 10-year-old document that will expire this year.