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US to help N Korea if it abandons nuclear weapons

US to help N Korea if it abandons nuclear weapons

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The US will assist North Korea with its economy if Pyongyang gets rid of its nuclear weapons, its secretary of state has said. "If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends," said Mike Pompeo.Mr Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "robust verification" of denuclearisation, suggesting it would involve inspections to ensure the North's compliance."I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," Mr Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good"."We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we a...
Netanyahu: Iran 'brazenly lying' about nuclear weapons

Netanyahu: Iran 'brazenly lying' about nuclear weapons

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims Iran was "brazenly lying" when it said it never had a nuclear weapons programme.Mr Netanyahu says Iran has continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons knowledge for future use after signing the 2015 nuclear deal, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.The deal granted Tehran relief from international economic sanctions in return for curbs to its nuclear programme.But Mr Netanyahu says Iran did not honour the agreement and instead just intensified its efforts to hide its secret files after signing the deal."Tonight I'm here to tell you one thing: Iran lied," Mr Netanyahu told a news conference in Tel Aviv.Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif says Mr Netanyahu's allegations are old and have already been dealt with by t...
Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

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Weapons inspectors have collected samples from the Syrian town of Douma, where they are investigating a suspected chemical weapons attack.The inspectors, from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arrived in the town a week after they first set foot in Syria.The OPCW said in a statement on Saturday that it will "evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma".It added the samples would be analysed in its designated labs.The organisation's fact-finding team was delayed for several days in its attempts to reach the town.The attack being investigated killed at least 70 people on 7 April.Images showed collapsed bodies in crowded rooms, some foaming from their noses and mouths.However, journalists who were escorted to the si...
Chemical weapons team finally set to enter Douma

Chemical weapons team finally set to enter Douma

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International chemical weapons experts are set to finally enter Douma in Syria after a UN security team went in to assess the situation.Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will go in on Wednesday if the UN team decides "the situation is sound", according to Syria's UN ambassador, Bashar Ja'afariThey will investigate an alleged poison gas attack by the Syrian regime which is said to have killed at least 70 people.Mr Ja'afari said on Tuesday: "Today the UN security team entered Douma... in order to assess the security situation on the ground and if this United Nations security team decided that the situation is sound in Douma then the fact-finding mission will begin its work in Douma tomorrow."The Syrian government did all that it can do to facilit...
US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

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The U.S. announced that overnight airstrikes succeeded in dealing a severe blow against the Syrian government's capacity to use chemical weapons. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also warned Saturday that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" in case Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons again. "Last night, we successfully hit the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons enterprise, and because of these actions, we are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program," Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. "I spoke to the president this morning and he said that if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded." She added, "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line." T