Latest Nuclear proliferation News

China calls on US to 'correct' Iran sanctions

Jul. 19, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China urged Washington on Friday to "correct" sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program. U.S. pressure on Iran and its "long-arm jurisdiction" against companies in third countries is the "root cause" of tension with Tehran, a...

EU works to save unraveling nuclear agreement with Iran

Jul. 15, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. The 28 EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the 2015...

Biden promises to end 'forever wars' as president

Jul. 11, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden promised on Thursday his White House would end "forever wars" and reassert American leadership to combat authoritarianism and global instability, which he says are proliferating under President Donald Trump. "The world's democracies look to America to stand for the values that...

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

Jul. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy said Thursday it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense standoff stemming from the U.K.'s role in seizing an Iranian supertanker a week earlier. The...

The Latest: French FM says US can ease tensions with Iran

Jul. 9, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 6:20 p.m. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the U.S. can help encourage dialogue with Iran to ease growing tensions even though it withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran. Speaking...

Iran breaches key uranium enrichment limit in nuclear deal

Jul. 8, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The acknowledgement by the spokesman of...

The Latest: French president sends adviser to Iran for talks

Jul. 8, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 8:40 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is sending his chief diplomatic adviser to Iran following its decision enrich uranium beyond the threshold of the 2015 nuclear accord. The Elysee Palace said Monday that Emmanuel Bonne was...

The Latest: Japan concerned over Iran's uranium enrichment

Jul. 8, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 8 a.m. Japan is expressing serious concern over Iran's decision to increase uranium enrichment above the limit set by the 2015 nuclear agreement, urging Tehran to return to its earlier commitment. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary...

EU consults nuclear deal partners as Iran warns of new steps

Jul. 4, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it's in contact with signatories of the Iran nuclear agreement and will discuss with them what steps to take should the country ramp up uranium enrichment this weekend. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to "any...

AP analysis: Trump smiles with North Korea, threatens Iran

Jul. 2, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With North Korea, President Donald Trump puts on the charm. But with Iran, he cranks up the pressure with economic sanctions and a stronger military presence in the Persian Gulf. He has warned its leaders they are "playing with fire." Nuclear weapons are at the heart of the difficult U.S....