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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved legislation to ensure the United States complies with two broadly supported international nuclear security accords, but a key Senate opponent of a 2012 draft on Tuesday affirmed his opposition to language in the latest bill.
May 21, 2013 | Chemical Weapons Use
The United Kingdom is seeing additional "limited but persuasive" indicators of chemical weapons use by the Bashar Assad's regime in the Syrian civil war, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a speech reported on Monday by the London Telegraph.
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May 21, 2013 | Verification and Monitoring
The International Atomic Energy Agency is poised on Wednesday to highlight a continued increase in Iran's ability to rapidly enrich uranium but to note the nation has capped stocks of atomic material most easily converted into bomb fuel, Western nation envoys told Reuters.
The U.S. Air Force said its trial firing of a Minuteman 3 ICBM would be pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday "due to a range safety instrumentation issue."
May 21, 2013 | International Perspectives on Missile Defense
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev is due in Washington this week, but he might not be carrying a response from President Vladimir Putin to a recent letter from President Obama, Interfax reported.
May 21, 2013 | Nuclear Nonproliferation, Arms Control, Disarmament
The president of Myanmar on Sunday reaffirmed his position that the nation would never seek nuclear weapons, Kyodo News reported.
Japan on Monday said it is mulling possible new discussions with India to hammer out a bilateral civilian nuclear power accord, Kyodo News reported.
Quote of the Day
Pentagon spokesman George Little, offering a low-key response to North Korea's latest short-range missile launches.
A few months ago, we saw underground nuclear tests, we saw long-range missile tests, we saw heated rhetoric. So I think we can safely say that we remain in a period of tensions that are relatively on a small scale by comparison.