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Mar 9, 2012

Powers urge Iran to open site to nuclear inspectors

VIENNA (Reuters) – Six world powers demanded Iran keep its promise to let international inspectors visit a military installation where the U.N. nuclear watchdog believes explosives tests geared to developing atomic bombs may have taken place.

The joint call demonstrated unusual unity among the powers on Iran before a planned revival of high-level talks as well as widening disquiet about the nature of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, with Israel threatening last-ditch military action.

Mar 8, 2012

Powers to Iran: open army site to nuclear inspectors

VIENNA (Reuters) – Six world powers demanded on Thursday that Iran fulfil a promise to let international inspectors visit a military installation where the U.N. nuclear watchdog believes that explosives tests geared to developing atomic bombs may have taken place.

The joint call demonstrated unusual unity among the powers on Iran ahead of a planned revival of high-level talks as well as widening disquiet about the nature of Tehran’s nuclear quest, with Israel threatening last-ditch military action.

Mar 8, 2012

Global powers urge Iran to open site to U.N. inspectors

VIENNA (Reuters) – Six world powers demanded on Thursday that Iran fulfil a pledge to let international inspectors visit a military installation where the U.N. nuclear watchdog says explosives research geared to developing atomic bombs may have taken place.

The joint call demonstrated unusual unity among the powers on Iran ahead of a planned revival of high-level talks as well as widening disquiet about the nature of Tehran’s nuclear quest, with Israel threatening last-ditch military action.

Mar 8, 2012

Big powers to Iran: open site to U.N. inspectors

VIENNA, March 8 (Reuters) – Six world powers demanded
on Thursday that Iran fulfil a pledge to let international
inspectors visit a military installation where the U.N. nuclear
watchdog says explosives research geared to developing atomic
bombs may have taken place.

The joint call demonstrated unusual unity among the powers
on Iran ahead of a planned revival of high-level talks as well
as widening disquiet about the nature of Tehran’s nuclear quest,
with Israel threatening last-ditch military action.

Mar 8, 2012
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UK would gain from intelligent industrial policy

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By Ian Campbell

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Planning? Who needs it! The UK has done without a national industrial policy for years. And just look what it’s done for Britons: insufficient housing, a shrinking manufacturing base, a poor transport system and a boom-bust economy. Vince Cable, the UK business secretary, points this out to his own prime minister in a now leaked letter. Perhaps David Cameron should listen to the painful truths.

Mar 6, 2012

U.S. wants “early” return of U.N. inspectors to North Korea

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States hopes for an “early” return of U.N. nuclear inspectors to North Korea, three years after they were expelled from the Asian state, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

In a surprise move, North Korea last week said it would suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment of uranium at its Yongbyon nuclear facility and allow back inspectors of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mar 6, 2012
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ECB cash palliates crisis but drives up oil price

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By Ian Campbell

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

One trillion euros in European Central Bank cash has poured like a balm onto the euro zone’s stormy waters – and helped drive up the global oil price. ECB liquidity cannot solve the euro zone crisis and comes with major risks.

Mar 5, 2012

U.N. nuclear inspectors prepare for North Korea return

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United Nations nuclear watchdog is preparing for a possible return to North Korea three years after its inspectors were expelled from the reclusive Asian state, but is not yet in direct contact with Pyongyang, its chief said on Monday.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he needed clarification about an agreement to suspend key parts of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme that it and Washington announced last week.

Mar 5, 2012

IAEA has “serious concerns” as Iran boosts nuclear work

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has tripled its monthly production of higher-grade enriched uranium and the U.N. nuclear watchdog has “serious concerns” about possible military dimensions to Tehran’s atomic activities, the agency’s chief said on Monday.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also told the IAEA’s 35-nation board of governors about the lack of progress in two rounds of talks between the Vienna-based U.N. agency and Tehran this year.

Mar 2, 2012

West seeks to pressure Iran at U.N. nuclear meet

VIENNA (Reuters) – Western powers hope to win Russian and Chinese backing for rebuking Iran at the U.N. nuclear agency next week over Tehran’s failure to address mounting fears that it is secretly bent on acquiring nuclear weapons capability, diplomats say.

Seeking to ward off any such diplomatic action, Iran has warned its opponents and others against making “provocative statements” at the March 5-9 meeting of the 35-nation governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).