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Four other countries with nuclear weapons, not recognised under NPT: Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea - have also shown no signs of reducing their stockpiles.

Meanwhile, the breakdown of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and the deadlock so far in attempts to salvage it, have raised the risks of nuclear proliferation, particularly in the Middle East.

Monday's joint statement was aimed at improving the atmosphere at the NPT review conference.

China's vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu welcomed Monday's statement as "positive and weighty", adding it would "help increase mutual trust and replace competition among major powers with coordination and cooperation".

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Jonathan Pollard Was One of the Most Damaging Spies in U.S. History

Jonathan Pollard, who served 30 years in a US prison for providing classified information to Israel, arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport together with his wife, Esther, early in the morning of December 30. Descending from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson's private plane, he knelt and kissed the tarmac, helping Esther to do the same, and they said the Shehecheyanu blessing together.

Waiting for them was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - in what was apparently a surprise welcome. "Now you can begin your lives anew in freedom and happiness. Now you're home," Netanyahu told Pollard. "What a moment. What a moment!"

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