SEVEN-nation nuclear talks over Iran’s nuclear energy programme began in Vienna yesterday, as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to oppose foreign inspections of military sites. Negotiators from Iran, the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany met to discuss lifting sanctions in return for Iranian assurances that it is not developing nuclear weapons. A fact sheet on the framework accord issued by the US State Department said Iran would be required to grant the UN nuclear agency access to any “suspicious sites.”
North Korea claims it has made a major breakthrough in its nuclear weapons programme, making warheads small enough to fit on missiles. In a statement issued by its National Defence Commission via the official KCNA news agency, a spokesman said that Kim Jongun’s secretive state was willing to use the technology to “defend the North” and
warned the US not to challenge its military development.
Islamic State (Isis) claims it could purchase its first nuclear weapon within 12 months from Pakistan and then smuggle it into the US. The claim was made in the group’s propaganda magazine Dabiq, saying the situation is “more possibletoday than it was just one year ago”.According to the article, the terror group is
expanding so rapidly it could afford to purchase the weapon.