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2006-06-26 09:15:06

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said on Monday it was inconceivable that the six powers that made an offer of incentives to Iran to encourage it to give up uranium enrichment would wait another two months for a response. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last week Iran would deliver its answer on the package by August 22, prompting President Bush to accuse Tehran of dragging its feet. "They have had the offer for two weeks already," Foreign...

2006-06-23 16:07:39

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it saw no need for new international agreements at a U.N. conference opening next week to weigh a tightening of a five-year-old crackdown on illegal trafficking in small arms. "The purpose of this conference is simply to follow up on activities authorized by the 2001 conference, and we don't see any need for treaties or agreements coming out of this," said John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United...

2006-06-23 08:51:06

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India said on Friday a landmark nuclear deal with the United States should be based on the original commitments made by the two sides, sidestepping new moves to link the pact to its stand on Iran's atomic program. New Delhi's comments came after a leading U.S. lawmaker warned this week the civilian nuclear energy cooperation deal could be jeopardized if India sided with non-aligned states in backing Iran's atomic ambitions. Democratic Rep. Tom Lantos of...

2006-06-13 08:06:18

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday reasserted its right to develop weapons for use in outer space to protect its military and commercial satellites and ruled out any global negotiations on a new treaty to limit them. In a speech to the Conference on Disarmament, a senior State Department arms control official insisted that such weapons systems would be purely defensive. Washington sees no need for negotiations to prevent an arms race in space as a...

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2006-06-08 09:05:00

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA -- China and Russia on Thursday warned that space-based weapons would pose a threat as great as weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and called for global negotiations to prevent their deployment. Diplomats said the appeals from the two powers were mainly targeted at the United States, expected by some to leave open the option of putting weaponry in orbit when it issues a new national space policy soon. The United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD) is focusing...

2006-06-02 03:10:00

By Paul Majendie LONDON -- America's top intelligence official said Iran could have a nuclear bomb by 2010 and accused Tehran of being the world's top state sponsor of terrorism. Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte also said lessons have been learned from intelligence failures in the Iraq war. He pinpointed al Qaeda as still being the greatest security threat to the United States although he claimed that Osama bin Laden is "more circumscribed in his ability to act." On Iran's...

2006-05-23 17:25:25

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Millions of residents of the central U.S. East Coast are at risk of death or injury from release of toxic chemicals because of lax security at chemical plants in New Jersey, a study released on Tuesday said. New Jersey has 110 plants that could release life-threatening chemicals into the environment in "worst-case scenarios" developed by chemical manufacturers, such as accidents or terrorist attacks, said the study by the New Jersey Work...

2006-05-09 01:09:17

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written President Bush a rambling 18-page treatise detailing alleged American foreign policy misdeeds and defending scientific research as "one of the basic rights of nations." The document, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, argues generally that globally shared religious values should govern political life but makes no proposals for resolving the West's concerns over Tehran's...

2006-04-12 13:50:45

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday angrily denied a newspaper report that suggested President George W. Bush in 2003 declared the existence of biological weapons laboratories in Iraq while knowing it was not true. On May 29, 2003, Bush hailed the capture of two trailers in Iraq as mobile biological laboratories and declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." The report in The Washington Post said a Pentagon-sponsored fact-finding mission had already...

2006-04-12 11:10:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday angrily denied a newspaper report that suggested President George W. Bush in 2003 declared the existence of biological weapons laboratories in Iraq while knowing it was not true. On May 29, 2003, Bush hailed the capture of two trailers in Iraq as mobile biological laboratories and declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." The report in The Washington Post said a Pentagon-sponsored fact-finding mission had already...


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