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Scottish FM demands nuclear reactor fault apology

HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane. Credit: Creative Commons

Alex Salmond has demanded an apology from David Cameron for failing to tell Scottish ministers about a radiation problem at a nuclear submarine test reactor.

The First Minister said the UK Government had "disrespected" Holyrood and the people of Scotland by not alerting the Scottish Government to the problem for almost two years.

MPs urge parliamentary inquiry into radiation leak

Opposition politicians have called for a parliamentary inquiry into the handling of a radiation leak at a nuclear test reactor.

Public confidence has been damaged by the incident at the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment in Dounreay, Caithness, according to shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker and shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran.

Dounreay nuclear power station in Scotland. Credit: PA

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond revealed details of a small internal leak of radiation on Thursday as he announced that the nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard is to have its reactor refuelled at a cost of £120 million.

Mr Coaker and Ms Curran said there were "significant questions" about the handling of the incident, particularly the two-year delay in making it public.

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Premier says China may invest in HS2 rail project

China's leadership said the country may invest in the controversial HS2 rail project and a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK.

Speaking after talks with David Cameron on the first day of the Prime Minister's visit to China, Premier Li Keqiang said the two sides had agreed to "push for breakthroughs" on nuclear power and high-speed rail.

Prime Minister David Cameron with China's Premier Li Keqiang. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Mr Li said, "The Chinese side is willing to not only participate but also purchase equities and stocks in UK nuclear power projects, and the UK side is open to this idea."

Speaking ahead of his visit last week, Mr Cameron said, "In terms of HS2, I very much welcome Chinese investment into British infrastructure".

Hague warns Israel ‘not to undermine Iran deal'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has discouraged Israel from taking any steps to undermine the interim nuclear deal with Iran.

William Hague

"We would discourage anybody in the world, including Israel, from taking any steps that would undermine this agreement and we will make that very clear to all concerned," Hague told parliament.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the nuclear deal with Iran "an historic mistake" and said it has "made the world a much more dangerous place".

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Hague: Core sanctions will remain in place

Foreign Secretary William Hague says core sanctions on Iran will remain in place. These include sanctions against the Iranian Central Bank, US trade restrictions, all UN Security Council sanctions and restricted access to its foreign assets.

Most importantly, the EU ban on Iran's crude oil will also remain in place. For Iran, this means loss of sales worth about $4 billion (£2.5 billion) per month.

Hague tells MPs: Iran made 'significant commitments'

William Hague is speaking in the House of Commons on the deal reached by the international community with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

The Foreign Secretary has listed commitments made by Iran, saying these will prevent Iran from using its program to build nuclear weapons. In return some of the international sanctions will be suspended.

A deal struck after lengthy negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual relief from some sanctions, including access to £2.5 billion ($4.2 billion) from oil sales.

Hague to address Commons on Iran nuclear deal

Foreign Secretary William Hague will address MPs in the House of Commons today on the deal reached by the international community with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

Foreign Secretary William Hague will address MPs in the House of Commons today Credit: PA Wire

A deal struck after lengthy negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual relief from some sanctions, including access to £2.5 billion ($4.2 billion) from oil sales.

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu called the agreement "an historic mistake", but David Cameron hailed the deal as an "important first step".

Iranian-Americans welcome nuclear deal

Prominent Iranian-Americans have praised the Iranian nuclear deal as a significant first step in what they hope will be more harmonious relations between Iran and the international community.

I don't think these negotiations are going to have an effect either on Iran's global image or on Americans' perceptions of Iran.

But they may set the groundwork for eventual normalisation between Iran and the US - and that is something which should be celebrated.

– Reza Aslan, Iranian-born scholar of religion and author of Zealot

For anybody who has had direct and intimate contact with people living in Iran, the first sign of relief will be about the economics.

I know that's on many people's minds. They don't like to see their loved ones harmed.

– San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, born in the US to an Iranian father and a Jewish mother

People are now questioning Rouhani's determination to uphold the people's rights.

That's going to be one of his major challenges in the months to come - whether he stands up for his people or gives up the domestic issues to the hard-liners in Tehran.

– Omid Memarian, Iranian journalist and blogger persecuted in his home country before moving to US
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