The accusations about Russian nuclear weapon testing by senior US officials point to a worrying pattern in the Trump administration.
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The Solomon Islands is coming under pressure to shift its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. In an interview with the ABC, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare admitted that his country is being pressured to recognise Beijing, but that there is an equally strong push for the Solomons to stick with Taiwan: especially from Australia.
The July 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the international community — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — was significant in that it demolished fears of an Iranian nuclear weapons programme and exposed that country’s civil nuclear programme to thorough international scrutiny. In so doing, it should have removed a major source of tension and instability in the Persian Gulf.