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Pakistan slams discriminatory policies on nuke technology

Pakistan on Thursday said the "discriminatory trends and policies" involving nuclear technology could have "serious implications" for its national security and the global non-proliferation regime. The remarks came just days after American media reported that the US has allocated billions of dollars for monitoring Pakistan's nuclear programme.
A meeting of Pakistan's highest nuclear forum Thursday "reviewed developments at the regional level and reiterated that, as a responsible nuclear weapon state, Pakistan would continue to adhere to the policy of credible minimum deterrence, without entering into an arms race with any other country."
"Pakistan, however, would not remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics in South Asia and would maintain a full spectrum deterrence capability to deter all forms of aggression," the National Command Authority (NCA) said. The NCA emphasised that Pakistan will continue to participate constructivel…

Russia dismisses Britain as 'small island nobody cares about' during G20 summit

Russia has dismissed Britain as ‘a small island that nobody listens to’ at the G20 summit of world leaders. A spokesman for host President Vladimir Putin, Syria’s big ally, tried to dismiss the UK saying that Britain is a small island – nobody pays any attention to them apart from the Russian oligarchs who have bought up Chelsea.
The extraordinary slur came at the meeting in St Petersburg while world leaders were discussing over Syria gas attacks.
According to the Mirror, Russia’s remarks were clearly aimed at deflating the importance of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s backing for America’s proposed air strikes against Bashar al-Assad regime. Cameron was left furious over Russia’s remarks and claimed he had fresh evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria. But America was the major target of Russia’s anger.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was branded a ‘liar’ who misled his own Congress to get a vote in favour of bombing Syria. Putin also said he has doubts over US claims abou…

UN Chief Urges Political Solution to Syria Crisis at G20 Summit

STRELNA, September 6 (RIA Novosti) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged G20 nation leaders at their summit in the Russian city of St. Petersburg to find a political solution to the “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis in Syria. At a Friday morning meeting on the sidelines of the summit, the UN chief called on world leaders to convene as soon as possible the international conference on Syria in Geneva (known as “Geneva 2”), with the participation of senior Russian, US and UN officials. Secretary General Ban said the humanitarian crisis in Syria is unprecedented in scale in recent history and the world should do everything to put an end to the sufferings of the Syrian people. He urged the participants to study the possible options for preventing further militarization of the conflict. Russia and the US agreed in early May to hold an international conference aimed at facilitating a solution through political dialogue to the Syrian crisis. The US postponed the conference in late J…

Putin Calls Kerry a Liar on Syria

By David Jackson
September 05, 2013 - "USA TODAY" - Things aren't exactly warming up between the Obama administration and Vladimir Putin, even as President Obama arrives in St. Petersburg for the G-20 summit. Putin called Obama Secretary of State John Kerry a liar over Kerry's testimony this week before Congress. The question may be al-Qaeda's influence on the Syrian rebels, an issue Kerry has downplayed. Speaking to his human rights council Wednesday, Putin said, "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans), and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad." Putin has criticized Obama administration claims that Bashar Assad's government attacked the rebels with chemical weapons. Last month, Obama canceled a summit meeting with Putin after a series of U.S.-Russian disputes, including Russia's decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. As…