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Russia, Serbia sign package of agreements on nuclear cooperation

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posted onJanuary 18, 2019

On January 17, 2019, during the visit of the Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin to Serbia, the two countries signed a package of cooperation agreements on civil nuclear energy, Rosatom said in a statement.

The intergovernmental agreement establishes a wide range of cooperation areas between the countries, including assistance in the creation and improvement of nuclear energy infrastructure in Serbia, design, construction and modernisation of research nuclear reactors, nuclear medicine development, implementation of fundamental and applied research in the field of nuclear energy, development of innovations, new technologies and modern digital technologies in the field of nuclear energy, radiation technologies application in agriculture, industry; education, training and retraining of specialists for the nuclear industry. 

The agreement was signed as a follow-up to the Joint statement on the principles of cooperation in the field of innovation and technological development in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, which was signed on May 15, 2018 during the international forum "ATOMEXPO-2018" in Sochi, the state-owned Russian reactor builder said.

China approaches Iran with $3B oil-field deal 


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. or Sinopec offered National Iranian Oil Co. an oil-field deal worth $3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

According to the New York-based newspaper, the Chinese energy giant wants a share in the Iranian oil field under the United States waiver, asking Tehran to be able to bring its own equipment which is made in China while also demanding compensation for the testing of the new development.
The deal-if agreed-would double production at the field to 180,000 barrels a day within six months, the report said.

US, N.Korea hold secret talks in Sweden 

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Envoys from the United States and North Korea are holding confidential meetings in Stockholm, Sweden's news agency TT reported on Friday.

US Special Envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun, North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom are attending according to the agency. 

It was reported earlier that North Korean Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol arrived in Washington where he was set to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and discuss the details of the second meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Sweden has had diplomatic relations with Pyongyang since 1973 and is one of only a few Western countries with an embassy there. It provides consular services for the United States. 

With reporting by news agencies

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