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Iranian state television says says that Tehran has launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing a rebuke from Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. It’s unclear when exactly the rocket was launched, but the announcement came after satellite photos showed preparations at a desert launch pad and  Iran acknowledged it planned tests for the satellite-carrying Zuljanah rocket. State-run media claimed that the rocket launch was successful. The news comes after the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, traveled to Tehran in a push to resuscitate stalemated negotiations.

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Nuclear Russia's pillaging of non-nuclear Ukraine is rattling what's already a destabilizing moment in nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Security experts say the result of Ukraine’s fight against Russia will influence how other countries with nuclear rivals think about their defense. Another factor is how well the U.S. convinces non-nuclear allies they are safe under the existing U.S. umbrella of nuclear and conventional weapons. Some former leaders in Asia have cited the Ukraine conflict as evidence it's time for nations there to think about getting nukes of their own. Current regional leaders have been quick to denounce the idea.

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FILE - People protest at a rally calling for Russia to stop the war against Ukraine in Seoul, South Korea, March 5, 2022. Nuclear Russia's pillaging of non-nuclear Ukraine is rattling what's already a destabilizing moment in nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Some former leaders in Asia have cited the Ukraine conflict as evidence it's time for nations there to think about getting nukes of their own. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

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FILE - People attend a rally against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, near the Russian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, March 27, 2022. Nuclear Russia's pillaging of non-nuclear Ukraine is rattling what's already a destabilizing moment in nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Some former leaders in Asia have cited the Ukraine conflict as evidence it's time for nations there to think about getting nukes of their own. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

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FILE - People march during a rally against Russia's invasion of Ukraine near the Russian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, May 22, 2022. The banner reads "Let's protect Mariupol's hero." Nuclear Russia's pillaging of non-nuclear Ukraine is rattling what's already a destabilizing moment in nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Some former leaders in Asia have cited the Ukraine conflict as evidence it's time for nations there to think about getting nukes of their own. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

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President Joe Biden says the U.S. will send another $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, the largest single tranche of weapons and equipment since the war began. The aid will include anti-ship missile launchers, howitzers and more rounds for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. Those are all key weapons systems that Ukrainian leaders have urgently requested. The Russian military, meanwhile, said it used long-range missiles to destroy an arms depot in Ukraine's western Lviv region. The area is close to NATO member Poland. In Ukraine's eastern Donbas region, fighting raged Wednesday for the city of Sievierodonetsk, where a local official said Russian forces were making some advances.

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South Korea says North Korea has test-fired suspected artillery pieces into the sea. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says it detected several flight trajectories believed to be North Korean artillery on Sunday. It says South Korea maintains a firm military readiness in close coordination with the United States. The suspected launches come days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for greater defense capability to cope with outside threats. This year North Korea has conducted a spate of weapons tests in what foreign experts call an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul to relax international sanctions and make other concessions. South Korean and U.S. officials say North Korea has almost completed preparations for its first nuclear test in about five years.

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Iran has begun removing 27 surveillance cameras from nuclear sites across the country. That's according to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency. The agency's chief, Rafael Mariano Grossi, warned from Vienna on Thursday that if an agreement cannot be reached to restore the cameras in three to four weeks, “this would be a fatal blow” to Iran’s tattered nuclear deal. Iran did not immediately acknowledge the move, though it warned it could take more punitive steps amid a dispute with the IAEA over censuring Iran on Wednesday over Tehran's failure to provide “credible information” over man-made nuclear material found at three undeclared sites in the country.

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An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office says Russian troops have changed their tactics in the battle for Sievierodonetsk. Oleksiy Arestovych said Wednesday that Russian soldiers have retreated from the city and are now pounding it with artillery and airstrikes. As a result, he says, the city center is deserted. In his daily online interview, Arestovych says: “They retreated, our troops retreated, so the artillery hits an empty place. They are hitting hard without any particular success.”

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The United States and its Asian allies have flown dozens of fighter jets over waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula in a show of force as their diplomats discussed a coordinated response to a possibly imminent North Korean nuclear test. The flights came as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman traveled to Seoul for discussions with South Korea and Japanese officials over the gathering North Korean threat and warned of a “swift and forceful” counterresponse if the North proceeds with a nuclear test explosion. While Washington has vowed to push for stronger sanctions if North Korea conducts a nuclear test, prospects for robust punitive measures are dim with a divided U.N. Security Council.