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Nuclear Policy News – May 26, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 26, 2016

 

TOP NEWS

US Nuclear Stockpile Numbers Published Enroute To Hiroshima
Federation of American Scientists, Hans M. Kristensen

US nuclear weapons are still controlled by floppy disks, report finds
The Independent

The North Korea Threat: America’s Limited Options
The National Interest, Kyle Churchman

China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US
The Guardian

A nuclear nightmare
The Economist

EAST ASIA

China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US
The Guardian

The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative.

Nuclear envoys of S. Korea, Japan, U.S. to hold talks on N.K. issue
Yonhap News

Top nuclear envoys of South Korea, Japan and the United States will meet early next month to discuss North Korea's nuclear program, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

SOUTH ASIA

Nuclear Pakistan has destabilising effects: US expert
The Indian Express

Nuclear weapons in Pakistan’s hands have “corrosively destabilising” effects in the region and provide a license for the country’s sub-conventional wars against India, a top American expert has said.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Battelle, Boeing in joint bid to manage Sandia National Laboratories
UPI

Battelle has partnered with Boeing to jointly bid for a contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories. Battelle is an independent nonprofit research and development organization. The University of New Mexico, the Texas A&M University system and the University of Texas system are exclusive members of the Battelle and Boeing team.

US Senate panel scuttles Indian bid to become NSG member
The News International

A powerful panel of the US Senate washed down India’s wish to get an unchecked membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and strongly demanded that it must sign CTBT and halt fissile material production prior to admission.

OPINIONS

US Nuclear Stockpile Numbers Published Enroute To Hiroshima
Federation of American Scientists, Hans M. Kristensen

Shortly before President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive for his historic visit to Hiroshima, the first of two Japanese cities destroyed by U.S. nuclear bombs in 1945, the Pentagon has declassified and published updated numbers for the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and warhead dismantlements.

The tower in the woods: preparing for nuclear war
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Dawn Stover

The 299-foot tower, part of the Pentagon’s Ground Wave Emergency Network—GWEN—was installed in the 1980s to enable communication in the event of a nuclear attack. If the idea of having a nuclear-war tower in your backyard scares you, you may understand why the Pentagon put that tower in a remote spot where few people are likely to see it.

Hiroshima and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
The Huffington Post, William Lambers

History is being made this week with President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. He is the only sitting U.S. president to make the trip to the site of the first atomic bombing on Japan during World War II. The President should use this historic opportunity to build support for the global treaty ending nuclear weapons testing. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is the key to unlocking the door to a future without the crushing burden and fear of nuclear weapons.

Hiroshima visit marks Obama's last chance to secure non-nuclear legacy
Nikkei Asian Review, Yasu Ota

In the 20th century, Asia could easily have been described as a "garden of nuclear weapons." President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima, where an estimated 140,000 Japanese civilians were killed, may become a seminal moment in bringing an end to a dark chapter in the continent's history.

The North Korea Threat: America’s Limited Options
The National Interest, Kyle Churchman

Throughout the focus was on the limited options that the U.S. and its allies possess in dealing with North Korea—and the perils that confront them. Cha addressed the dangers that North Korea’s nuclear ambitions represent in 2016 as well as over the next decade. In both cases, he holds a pessimistic view.

Obama’s Hiroshima Visit Sends the Wrong Message to China
The Huffington Post, Zhang Zhixin

On May 27, President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Hiroshima as the first serving U.S. president to visit the Japanese city. Officially, the White House announced the trip will highlight Obama’s continued commitment to pursuing a world without nuclear weapons and a strengthened U.S.-Japan relationship during his presidency. However, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe actively shaking off the limit of the pacifist constitution and advocating containing China, Obama’s visit could send very wrong messages.

A nuclear nightmare
The Economist

In one area, Mr. Obama’s failure is glaring. On Mr. Obama’s watch the nuclear-weapons and missile programme of North Korea has become steadily more alarming. Its nuclear missiles already threaten South Korea and Japan. Sometime during the second term of Mr. Obama’s successor, they are likely also to be able to strike New York. Mr. Obama put North Korea on the back burner. Whoever becomes America’s next president will not have that luxury.

Obama’s talk on nukes at Hiroshima to clash with reality
CBS News

When President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe make an historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday -- the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the site of the first atomic bomb attack -- their words advocating nuclear disarmament will clash with real-world security necessities.

Did India Hide a Failed Supersonic Missile Test?
The Diplomat, Franz-Stefan Gady

A May 15 test of India’s indigenously designed ballistic missile defense (BMD) system was a failure, despite claims to contrary by Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) scientists, The Hindu reports.

In Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima, a Complex Calculus of Asian Politics
The New York Times, Gardiner Harris

Eleven United States presidents have been elected since President Harry S. Truman decided to drop an atomic weapon on Hiroshima, and none has set foot in that traumatized city in the 71 years since, at least not while in office. President Obama intends to end that streak with his visit on Friday.

SPECIAL INTEREST

US nuclear weapons are still controlled by floppy disks, report finds
The Independent

The Pentagon coordinates the US' nuclear weapons – using a floppy disk, as it turns out. A new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the country’s department of defence is still using 1970s-era computer systems that require the original eight-inch floppy disks.

 

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Nuclear Policy News – May 25, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 25, 2016

TOP NEWS

The U.S. and Russia Plan for Conflict
Stratfor

Of Ranks And Scores In Nuclear Security: 18 Years Of South Asian Nuclearisation
Eurasia Revew

A Need to Rebalance
The Cipher Brief, Gregory Koblentz

What the U.S. Would Use to Strike North Korea
Stratfor

Watch Out: How North Korea Could Secretly Make Nuclear Weapons
The National Interest, Steve Weintz

EAST ASIA

China, US Butt Heads Over Nuclear Talks
The Diplomat

Despite U.S. pressure, China appears unwilling to expand dialogue with the United States on nuclear weapons. At a discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on May 5, U.S. under secretary of state for arms control and international security, Rose Gottemoeller, pushed for more robust bilateral dialogue with China on nuclear weapons.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

The U.S. and Russia Plan for Conflict
Stratfor

The critical 2016 Warsaw summit, to be held July 8-9 among NATO members, is fast approaching. Out of the summit, the United States hopes a clear, united purpose will emerge for the divided security alliance. The key challenge for Washington will be to reassure its Eastern European allies, especially Poland and the Baltic states, that they will be supported against Russia, an ever-increasing concern now that Moscow has invested itself militarily in Ukraine.

SOUTH ASIA

China’s supply of nuclear weapons to Pakistan pose threat to US, India, Obama administration warned
The Indian Express

Senior U.S. Congress members, led by Congressman Mike Rogers and Congressman Ted Poe, have warned the Obama Administration that China is supplying super sensitive nuclear weapons systems to Pakistan which could pose a threat to the national security of the United States and other nations like India.

Of Ranks And Scores In Nuclear Security: 18 Years Of South Asian Nuclearisation
Eurasia Revew

China’s ranking and overall score according to the NTI Index 2016 makes it the lowest ranking de jure NWS, but it fares better than India and Pakistan in the Theft Index and marginally so in the Sabotage Index. It is therefore in China’s interest to initiate such a trilateral conversation where each country gets to learn from the other to make South Asia a safer place for all.

U.S. official says India has addressed nuclear concerns
Reuters

A U.S. State Department official assured lawmakers on Tuesday that India has addressed concerns over liability that had for years kept U.S. corporations from signing nuclear power contracts in the country.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Global nonproliferation not optimistic due to N. Korea: US think tank
The Korea Times

Prospects for progress in global nonproliferation efforts are not bright due to North Korea's continued pursuit of its nuclear program, the U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations said Tuesday.

G7 ministerial meetings
The Japan Times

The G7 foreign ministers issued the “Hiroshima Declaration on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation” to reaffirm their commitment to creating a world without nuclear weapons, also naming Syria, Ukraine and North Korea as countries that may endanger that goal.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Global threats hinder Obama’s nuclear disarmament goal
The Japan Times

It remains unclear how much closer Obama’s message in Hiroshima will bring nuclear and nonnuclear powers. Still, Tokyo believes that one way to do so is to bring global leaders to Hiroshima to see the horrendous destruction nuclear weapons can cause — an idea that was reflected in the Hiroshima Declaration.

Nuclear threats in US worse than previously known — study
RT News

Conflicting with a prior industry study, a new analysis claims 96 nuclear facilities in the US are less safe than reported, citing risks such as terrorism and sabotage. The study says there remain lessons to be learned from the Fukushima disaster.

OPINIONS

What the U.S. Would Use to Strike North Korea
Stratfor

This is the third installment of a five-part series examining the measures that could be taken to inhibit North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The purpose of this series is not to consider political rhetoric or noninvasive means of coercion, such as sanctions. Rather, we are exploring the military options, however remote, that are open to the United States and its allies, and the expected retaliatory response from Pyongyang.

Let Hiroshima guide us back to nuclear basics
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Kennette Benedict

As many experts suggest, individual countries should take actions to reduce their dependence on nuclear weapons; they provide only an illusion of national security in any event. But we also must find a way to supersede the rivalry and fear that tempts political leaders to acquire nuclear weapons in the first place.

Deterrence vs. Coercion
The Cipher Brief, Ashley Tellis

The adversarial history between India and Pakistan is compounded by each nation’s firm stance on the possession of nuclear weapons. As each country moves to expand its capabilities, it has become more important than ever before to bring both countries into agreement with international arms control norms.

Visiting Hiroshima Changed My Mind. It Should Change Obama's Too.
The National Interest, Lawrence J. Korb

President Obama has made marked progress toward addressing the dangers of nuclear war, including signing New START and negotiating the Iran deal. But there is at least one more thing he can do before he leaves office to promote nuclear security: alter his nuclear modernization plans.

A Need to Rebalance
The Cipher Brief, Gregory Koblentz

South Asia is the region of the world at highest risk of suffering a nuclear crisis due to an explosive mixture of unresolved territorial disputes, cross-border terrorism, and growing nuclear arsenals. While the Middle East will remain a focal point for international nonproliferation efforts for the foreseeable future, the United States needs to rebalance its nonproliferation priorities towards Asia.

In Hiroshima President Obama Can Help Save History
The Huffington Post, Jonathan Granoff

President Obama is going to Hiroshima. He could start to save history during his historic visit. Nuclear weapons disarmament commitments and aspirations which, date back to the first resolution of the UN General Assembly, have not been fulfilled.

Nuclear Standoff in South Asia
The Cipher Brief, Will Edwards

Precarious domestic stability and an increasing number of nuclear facilities, fissile material stockpiles, and weapons poses a growing proliferation risk that could extend beyond the region. While the way forward is unclear and currently does not show promise, the risk of inaction is equally stark.

Watch Out: How North Korea Could Secretly Make Nuclear Weapons
The National Interest, Steve Weintz

A nation possessing access to foreign markets, a nuclear-medicine program, industrial capacity, access to uranium or thorium and a drive to obtain nukes could theoretically do so without following the current nuclear powers’ paths to bomb fuel. That poses yet another challenge to arms control and anti-proliferation efforts at a time when such efforts are flagging in the court of international opinion.

SPECIAL INTEREST

The Hiroshima Mushroom Cloud That Wasn’t
The New York Times

Later this week, President Obama plans to visit a memorial in Hiroshima, Japan, that displays a large photograph of the city’s destruction seven decades ago. The striking image is typically identified as a mushroom cloud. But nuclear experts say it actually shows billowing smoke from a raging firestorm. “This is not a mushroom cloud,” said Richard L. Garwin, a noted bomb designer and longtime adviser to Washington on nuclear arms.

The Ghosts of Soviets Past: Crawling Through the Decayed Nuclear Missile Bases Of the USSR
War on the Rocks

In December 2015, two Army intelligence officers set out on a trip to explore the mysterious remnants of the Soviet Union in the Baltic States. In the first of this two part series, they showed War on the Rocks readers what they saw in an abandoned Soviet military city.  In this part, they explore the remnants of the Soviet nuclear missile infrastructure in Latvia and Estonia.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 24, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 24, 2016

TOP NEWS

Derailing a Nuclear Program by Force
STRATFOR

China: How Is Nuclear Security Understood?
Eurasia Review, Chao Xie

Obama Visits Hiroshima Amid Growing Risk of Nuclear War With China
Huffington Post

No, Russia Isn't Trying to Make Nuclear War Easier
The National Interest, Olga Oliker

When Atomic Bombs Were Assembled By Hand
Popular Science

EAST ASIA

Report Finds Growing Risk of Nuclear War Between United States and China
Union of Concerned Scientists

A report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) concludes the risk of nuclear war between the United States and China is mounting. The report, titled “The Risk of Nuclear War with China: A Troubling Lack of Urgency,” notes that “the governments of the United States and the People’s Republic of China are a few poor decisions away from starting a war that could escalate rapidly and end in a nuclear exchange.”

South Korea, Japan to Hold Missile Defense Drill in June
The Diplomat

South Korea and Japan will join the United States in a joint missile defense exercise on or around June 28 off the coast of Hawaii. This is the first joint military training exercise involving the three countries focused on tracking and defending against North Korean missile launches and will take place on the sidelines of RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise held biennially in June and August on even numbered years.

MIDDLE EAST

In Iran, dividends of nuclear deal are slow to appear
Reuters

Hopes that Iran would quickly reintegrate with world markets after its nuclear deal, bringing investment and opportunities to a young population, are turning to frustration. An opaque business environment in Iran and political uncertainty in the United States are to blame.

SOUTH ASIA

‘In-depth’ talks needed for India’s entry into nuclear group: China
Hindustan Times

China on Monday called for “in-depth” talks to build consensus over India’s admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), days after Pakistan staked claim to join the 48-member grouping with purported backing from Beijing and just ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to that country.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Obama Visits Hiroshima Amid Growing Risk of Nuclear War With China
Huffington Post

A sitting US president who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to nuclear disarmament is preparing to visit Hiroshima. Mr. Obama is expected to visit privately with survivors of the atomic bombings and to make brief remarks after visiting a museum documenting the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war.

Armageddon drones: Radiation-detecting UAVs to trial at notorious Nevada nuke desert
RT News

The scorched moonscape of Nevada’s former nuclear test site will be used for drone radiation detection trials, as the US ramps up an emergency response program in case of a Fukushima-like meltdown or attack on its territory.

OPINIONS

Enhancing nuclear transparency
The Daily Times, Rizwan Asghar

Pakistan’s nuclear security managers must not feel uncomfortable while sharing official and reliable information about the exact number of nuclear weapons and fissile material stockpiles.

No, Russia Isn't Trying to Make Nuclear War Easier
The National Interest, Olga Oliker

Official Russian doctrine, not “de-escalation,” also tracks best with the exercises that Russia carries out that involve its nuclear weapons. Almost all involve strategic, not tactical systems, and not strategic systems in a tactical role.

Derailing a Nuclear Program by Force
STRATFOR

A comprehensive evaluation of U.S. targeting options against North Korean nuclear infrastructure must take into account a tremendous number of variables. The political objective, the scope, and the operational nature of the scenario in question will impose vastly different parameters, leading to very different results.

It Is Time To Engage In Nuclear Disarmament, President Obama
Huffington Post, Paul Quilès

As the first US president to visit Hiroshima, ground zero, you will make history for your nation. But you will also make history for humanity. You’re right to let historians debate the merits of President Harry Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb, since, as it stands, we cannot rewrite the past. However, you still hold the keys to the debate on the relevance and dangers of nuclear weapons, a debate that grips our future.

Why Donald Trump's plan for Japan would be a nightmare for Asia
Vox, Sheila A. Smith

President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima, Japan, on May 27 to honor the memory of those killed and injured when the US dropped the atomic bomb on the city in 1945, comes, ironically, as the argument that Japan should reconsider the nuclear option has reemerged.

The Misguided NATO Missile Defense Debate
The National Interest, Glenn Diesen

A new NATO missile defense base in Romania recently became operational, which has revived an erroneous debate about whether the step significantly alters nuclear parity between NATO and Russia.

China: How Is Nuclear Security Understood?
Eurasia Review, Chao Xie

Thanks to the greater importance attached to nuclear security and safety, China has maintained a good record for more than 60 years, which is a remarkable achievement considering the volume of nuclear materials involved in its nuclear power capacity generation, and the threat level it has faced and is now facing.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Atomic bomb exhibit opens in Mie near G-7 summit venue
The Japan Times

An atomic bomb exhibition has kicked off in Mie Prefecture, where leaders from the Group of Seven advanced countries will meet later this week for an annual summit.

When Atomic Bombs Were Assembled By Hand
Popular Science

Slotin’s case is a microcosm of the post-war shift from dangerous speed to elaborate caution in nuclear weapons, and the story catches a key moment in 1946, when caution (at least for the scientists involved) won out.

Declassified U.S. cables reveal lead-up to Hiroshima A-bomb decision
The Japan Times

On Aug. 6, 1945, Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves sent a top secret cable to his superiors in Washington, D.C. In the now declassified cable, Groves, who was in charge of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, described what had happened.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 23, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 23, 2016

TOP NEWS

S. Korea's nuclear armament could undermine U.S. influence in Asia: CRS report
Yonhap News

Obama's Asian nuclear nightmare
Politico

The Middle East: Culprit for my nuclear security insomnia
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nilsu Goren

Nevada program tests flying drones to sniff out radiation
The Washington Times

Would the U.S. Drop the Bomb Again?
The Wall Street Journal, Scott D. Sagan, Benjamin A. Valentino

EAST ASIA

Abe to issue message in Hiroshima with Obama
The Japan News

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided that he will also issue a message calling for nuclear disarmament along with U.S. President Barack Obama when the two leaders visit Hiroshima on Friday, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

S. Korea presses N. Korea to give up nukes in response to dialogue offer
Yonhap News

South Korea on Sunday renewed its call for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program after Pyongyang proposed inter-Korean military talks despite months of tension over its nuke and missile tests.

S. Korea's nuclear armament could undermine U.S. influence in Asia: CRS report
Yonhap News

Encouraging South Korea to develop nuclear weapons could undermine American influence in Asia, unravel the U.S. alliance system and spark a nuclear arms race in the region, a congressional report said in apparent criticism of Donald Trump's suggestion to do so.

Talks offer by NK reflects bid to be 'nuclear state'
The Korea Times

North Korea's conciliatory gestures toward the South reflect its bid to reshape itself as a "nuclear state" and take initiatives in its relations with Seoul, analysts said Monday.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors expect Obama visit to empower quest for nuke-free world
The Japan Times

The mayors of the two cities destroyed by atomic bombs in the final days of World War II hope U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima on Friday will be a “new step” toward realizing a world free of nuclear weapons.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

U.N. nuclear disarmament talks
The Japan Times

The United Nations open-ended working group on nuclear disarmament held its second session this month in Geneva, following its first gathering in February. What emerged from the latest meeting is a schism between countries seeking to create a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons and those nations opposed to the idea, including nuclear weapons powers and those states relying on the protection of a nuclear umbrella.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Obama's Asian nuclear nightmare
Politico

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia next week will be anchored by a stop in Hiroshima, where he will focus on its dark nuclear past. But Obama’s visit comes at a moment when U.S. and Asian officials fear the region is entering a newly dangerous atomic future, threatening Obama’s vow to roll back the spread of nuclear arms and possibly touching off an Asian nuclear arms race.

Details emerge on Sandia competition
The Albuquerque Journal

Sandia National Laboratories employees would retain their current pensions – or something similar – under any new Sandia management contract, and the federal official in charge of national laboratories says whoever is chosen to run the lab will be required to emphasize contracting with Albuquerque-area small businesses.

OPINIONS

Would the U.S. Drop the Bomb Again?
The Wall Street Journal, Scott D. Sagan, Benjamin A. Valentino

Public opinion supported the strike on Hiroshima—and if provoked, many Americans might well back nuclear attacks on foes like Iran and al Qaeda

Nuclear Security Summit 2016: Where do the movers and followers stand?
The Indian Express, Manan Dwivedi

One of the takeaways from the NSS-2016 was that Global leaders will converge again as part of the forum as a specific Contact Group at the highest security materials to secure nuclear materials.

Pakistan, India and nukes
The Daily Times

Diplomatic measures are essential to counter India’s nuclear ambitions on a global scale. However, the arms race must not enter a new phase and steps must be ensured for a balance of power in South Asia with peace being a top priority for both Pakistan and India for short and long-term social and economic prosperity of the region.

The Middle East: Culprit for my nuclear security insomnia
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nilsu Goren

What keeps me up at night—US East Coast time—is reading Turkey's morning news concerning Syria and Iraq. The insomnia is especially severe when my thoughts turn to nuclear security not just in Syria and Iraq but in countries throughout the Middle East.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Nevada program tests flying drones to sniff out radiation
The Washington Times

Nevada National Security Site officials have purchased two unmanned aerial vehicles to sniff the sky and provide an eye from above in the event of an emergency.

 

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Nuclear Policy News – May 20, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 20, 2016

TOP NEWS

Pakistan Reacts Strongly to Latest Indian Missile Tests
Voice of America

Obama And Hiroshima: Symbolism And Substance
The Diplomat, Mercy Kuo

Nuclear family: Sandia labs field testers tell the story of ‘Cold War Warriors’
The Albuquerque Journal

Stimson Center offers A-bomb damage assessment photos to Hiroshima museum
The Japan Times

'NK has nuclear missiles'
The Korea Times

EAST ASIA

'NK has nuclear missiles'
The Korea Times

North Korea has secured the ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead to fit on its Nodong missiles ― possibly with help from Pakistan, according to a retired Air Force major general, Thursday.

Army officer jailed for leaking NK missile intelligence
The Korea Times

An army captain has been sentenced to 18 months' jail for leaking confidential information about North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test to the media last year.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia's new missile has 250-mile reach
UPI

Russia has a new, long-range missile for its S-300V4 anti-ballistic missile system that is capable of striking targets up to 250 miles away, officials said Thursday.

SOUTH ASIA

India must sign NPT for NSG membership, China asserts
The Times of India

Formalizing a new position that seeks to block India's quest for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, China has said NSG is linked to the NPT, indicating India could be eligible for NSG membership only if it signed the NPT.

Pakistan Reacts Strongly to Latest Indian Missile Tests
Voice of America

Pakistan reacted with “serious concerns" to archrival India’s recent test-firing of an anti-ballistic missile system and nuclear-armed submarine-based missiles in the Indian Ocean.  

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Deal Settles Homeowners’ Suit Over Nuclear-Weapons Plant
The Wall Street Journal

Thousands of homeowners have reached a $375 million settlement over their claims that plutonium releases from a nuclear-weapons plant in Colorado damaged their health and devalued their property, officials said Thursday.

OPINIONS

Obama And Hiroshima: Symbolism And Substance
The Diplomat, Mercy Kuo

Nuclear weapons won’t keep the peace in Asia; diplomacy will. Balancing national ambitions against each other is not diplomacy; Thucydides taught us it’s a recipe for war. Hiroshima reminds us of the terrible consequences of war in the nuclear age.

Obama's Hiroshima Visit and the Strange Duality of Nuclear Weapons
The National Interest, Rod Lyon

It’s going to be a neat trick for Obama to ensure that his visit reflects the strange duality of nuclear weapons: that they are both massively destructive and—for now—strategically irreplaceable.

47 Seconds From Hell: Last-Ditch Robotic Missile Defense
Breaking Defense, Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

In a report out this morning, CSBA scholars Bryan Clark and Mark Gunzinger argue that we don’t just need new technology and new tactics to confront the growing missile threats from China and Russia, though lasers, railguns, and hypervelocity projectiles are all useful. We need a different missile defense mindset than what we have today, one that trusts computers to shoot down incoming weapons at literally the last minute.

Reaction to NATO Missile Defense System Is Just One Sign of Russia’s Growing Paranoia
The Huffington Post, Armine Sahakyan

So which perspective is right: Russia’s view that it needs a military-free buffer zone on its borders to protect it against a new invasion, or the West’s view that it needs troops on Russia’s borders to prevent Moscow from subjugating its neighbors again? My view is that the West’s perspective is correct.

Threatening Russia: U.S. Missiles in Romania and Poland, Europe on the Nuclear Frontline
The Center for Research on Globalization, Manlio Dinucci

Thus, no one can know which missiles are really deployed in vertical launchers at Deveselu or those on board vessels sailing in the Russian territorial waters. Unable to inspect them, Moscow must assume missiles are present that enable a nuclear attack.

Obama in Hiroshima: the Last Best Chance to Step Back Away From the Nuclear Precipice
CounterPunch, David Krieger

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima may be humanity’s last best chance to step back from the nuclear precipice and to start down the path to nuclear zero.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Nuclear family: Sandia labs field testers tell the story of ‘Cold War Warriors’
The Albuquerque Journal

The idea for the documentary came from David Thompson, former manager of the Nevada Test Site, who suggested capturing the recollections of those behind the nuclear tests.

Stimson Center offers A-bomb damage assessment photos to Hiroshima museum
The Japan Times

A set of photo panels used to brief American leaders on the impact of the 1945 atomic bombings of Japan might be donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 19, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 19, 2016

TOP NEWS

India’s Nuclear Options and Escalation Dominance
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Toby Dalton, George Perkovich

Obama to note U.S. ‘moral responsibility’ for nuclear-free world in Hiroshima, says speechwriter
The Japan Times

India could have developed nuclear weapons as early as 1964 says US intelligence
International Business Times

Government, Industry Studying Threat of Nuclear EMP Attack on Electric Grid
The Washington Free Beacon

Obama’s Nuclear-Free World Vision Has Come To Naught – OpEd
Eurasia Review, Jonathan Power

EAST ASIA

Nuclear center waits over a year to report cyber-attack
The Asahi Shimbun

Computer hackers infiltrated a server installed at a facility that oversees handling of plutonium and other nuclear materials, but the breach was not reported for over a year because officials thought it wasn’t serious.

SOUTH ASIA

India could have developed nuclear weapons as early as 1964 says US intelligence
International Business Times

A declassified State Department report has noted that India was in a position to develop nuclear weapons as early as 1964. The report was among a number of others to be published on 18 May by the National Security Archive and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project.

India's missile programme can nuclearise Indian Ocean: Pakistan
The Economic Times

Pakistan today alleged that India was pursuing conventional, nuclear and missile development programmes which can lead to nuclearisation of the Indian Ocean and can disturb the "balance of power" in the region.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

19 companies show interest in running Sandia National Lab
The Washington Times

As the National Nuclear Security Administration formally opens the bidding process for a contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, 19 organizations from around the country have expressed interest.

Government, Industry Studying Threat of Nuclear EMP Attack on Electric Grid
The Washington Free Beacon

American power companies are studying ways to protect electric grids against a high-altitude nuclear blast and other directed energy attacks that could severely disrupt electricity transmission, an industry representative told a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Obama to note U.S. ‘moral responsibility’ for nuclear-free world in Hiroshima, says speechwriter
The Japan Times

U.S. President Barack Obama will cite his country’s “moral responsibility” to lead efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons when he visits Hiroshima next week, one of his top speechwriters said Wednesday.

A-bomb victims may join Obama in Hiroshima
Nikkei Asian Review

Japan and the U.S. are negotiating to have atomic bomb victims present when President Barack Obama reads an anti-nuclear statement during his visit to Hiroshima later this month.

Obama’s Hiroshima Trip Fuels Questions, Concerns From American Veterans
The Washington Free Beacon

Cohen stressed that the decision saved the lives not only of Americans but also of Japanese, who exhibited a “fight to the death” mentality during the conflict. “It was a trade off, but it’s awfully difficult to explain to people who lost relatives,” Cohen said.

OPINIONS

India’s Nuclear Options and Escalation Dominance
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Toby Dalton, George Perkovich

The growing prominence of nuclear weapons in Pakistan’s national security strategy casts a shadow of nuclear use over any potential military strategy India might consider to strike this balance. However, augmenting its nuclear options with tactical nuclear weapons is unlikely to bolster Indian deterrence in convincing ways.

Obama’s Nuclear-Free World Vision Has Come To Naught – OpEd
Eurasia Review, Jonathan Power

Obama has only six months left to make his mark. A deal with Russia could not be negotiated in that time even if he wanted to. But he could emulate his predecessor, George W. Bush, who simply announced he was unilaterally putting 1,000 nuclear missiles on the shelf. He could also cancel the Ballistic Missile Defence System.

Banning Nukes: Divergence and Consensus at the UN Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament
Center for Research on Globalization, Xanthe Hall

When divergence exists and states with more power due to nuclear weapons wield a veto over the majority then there is nuclear oppression. Now the majority is rising up to liberate itself from this yoke with persuasive and well-thought out arguments for a comprehensive ban treaty.

China's DF-26 Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile: What Does the Pentagon Really Think?
The National Interest, Harry J. Kazianis

In the past I have described the challenge of Chinese anti-ship missiles as a “great complicator” for the US military—but it would be sure nice to know what the defense gurus of the Pentagon thought of this latest weapon, even if it was a statement to the effect that they were still formulating an opinion.

This Is How the U.S. Navy Plans to Deal with Enemy Missiles (Think China)
The National Interest, Kris Osborn

The Navy is building and testing a fleet of upgraded DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers with a series of next-generation technologies -- including an ability to detect and destroy incoming enemy anti-ship cruise missiles at farther ranges from beyond the horizon.

 

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Nuclear Policy News – May 18, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 18, 2016

TOP NEWS

U.S., France Differ Over Readiness of NATO Missile-Defense Shield
The Wall Street Journal

Combat power, allies best way to deter North Korea: U.S. military official
Reuters

Iranian VP steps up calls for nuclear disarmament
Yonhap News

In Hiroshima, Obama to talk about consequences of nuclear war: aide
The Japan Times

Bombs Over Bridges?
U.S. News & World Report, Miriam Pemberton

EAST ASIA

Combat power, allies best way to deter North Korea: U.S. military official
Reuters

North Korea is on a quest to develop nuclear-armed ballistic missiles that can strike the United States, and the best way to counter Pyongyang is with combat power and strong alliances, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Tuesday.

Trump willing to hold North Korea nuclear talks
USA Today

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he was open to the idea of holding nuclear talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a move that would signal a sharp shift in American diplomatic policy toward the isolated Asian country.

MIDDLE EAST

Iranian VP steps up calls for nuclear disarmament
Yonhap News

An Iranian vice president on Wednesday called for the nuclear disarmament of the world, the latest expression of Tehran's determination to join the international community after the lifting of sanctions.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Ex-general says NATO-Russia nuclear war ‘possible within a year’
RT News

NATO’s former deputy military chief in Europe says his book, a fictional story which describes a nuclear war with Russia over the Baltic nations taking place in 2017, is based on an “entirely plausible” scenario.

Russia to revive missile trains as U.S. launches European defense system
UPI

The new Barguzin rail-based missile system will be employed by the Russian armed forces no earlier than 2020 and will be equipped with six missiles, Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, the commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces, has said.

U.S., France Differ Over Readiness of NATO Missile-Defense Shield
The Wall Street Journal

French officials said they are withholding their approval for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to take control of the U.S.-built European missile-defense system, a position alliance and American officials hope they can persuade Paris to change before an alliance summit in July.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Nuclear war still threatens world, experts say; disarmament only solution
CBC News

Earlier this month, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament, Kim Won-Soo, said Canada is uniquely placed to play a catalytic role between the nuclear weapons states and the non-nuclear states in promoting nuclear disarmament.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Watchdogs File Lawsuit Over Cleanup at Federal Nuke Lab
ABC News

A watchdog group is suing the federal government and managers of one of the nation's premier nuclear weapons laboratories over missed deadlines for cleaning up hazardous waste left behind by decades of research.

Bechtel congratulates affiliated sites for Sustainability Excellence Awards
Your Nuclear News

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded three Bechtel-affiliated sites all twelve of the agency's Sustainability Awards for 2016. The Y-12 National Security Complex, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were recognized for helping aid the department in meeting its goals through innovation and excellence in environmental sustainability.

In Hiroshima, Obama to talk about consequences of nuclear war: aide
The Japan Times

U.S. President Barack Obama may use his Hiroshima visit to urge world leaders to consider the consequences of using nuclear weapons, a close aide said Tuesday.

OPINIONS

What If the United States Had Told the Soviet Union About the Bomb?
The Diplomat, Catherine Putz

It bears repeating the line that “only lack of mutual trust, and not lack of desire for agreement, can stand in the path of an efficient agreement for the prevention of nuclear warfare.”

Clinton and Trump: Nuclearized or Lobotomized? The Road to Nuclear War?
Center for Global Research on Globalization, James Petras

This November, the country will face the disagreeable choice between a proven nuclear warmonger and a captive of Wall Street. I will try to keep warm, roast chestnuts and avoid thinking about Mme. President’s Looming Mushroom Cloud.

India’s anti-ballistic missile defence shield
The Daily Times, Qaisar Rashid

The anti-ballistic missile defence shield has not only shifted the initiative of launching a nuclear strike into India's hand but it has also brought the initiative of introducing a conventional war into India’s hand.

Bombs Over Bridges?
U.S. News & World Report, Miriam Pemberton

Foregoing nuclear replacement for infrastructure would get us well on our way to preventing more water disasters like Flint, more bridge collapses like the one in Minneapolis, and the astronomical costs of the droughts and floods that will be the wages of unchecked climate change. It would grease the wheels of the economy as a whole. Building a new set of nuclear submarines, obviously, will not.

Father of Soviet Nuclear Program: ‘We Won’t Forget Where the United States Is’
The Observer, Mikhail Klikushin

“The United States of America was an explicit and implicit opponent of the Soviet Union,” the 70-year-old Mr. Solomonov explained to the reporter, displaying a Star of the Hero of the Labor of the Russian Federation on his chest. “The United States, from the point of its territorial position, has not changed its location on the geographical map and because of this, the map continues to fulfill its informative function so we won’t forget where the United States is.”

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Nuclear Policy News – May 17, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 17, 2016

TOP NEWS

Russia to counter NATO expansion with new radar station in Crimea – source
RT News

Belarus pledges full support for Russian plans to counter US missile defense in Europe
RT News

Nuclear competition among China, India, Pakistan could escalate
The Economic Times

Get Ready, Russia and China: American Missile Defense Is Going 'Star Wars'
The National Interest

China moves closer to fielding ‘Guam Killer’ ballistic missile: report
The Japan Times

EAST ASIA

US, Japan, South Korea Plan Missile Defense Exercise on RIMPAC 2016 Sidelines
The Diplomat

The United States, South Korea, and Japan will hold a joint exercise in Hawaii in June 2016, on the sidelines of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise; RIMPAC is the largest international maritime security exercise and will run from June 1 to August 1, 2016.

China moves closer to fielding ‘Guam Killer’ ballistic missile: report
The Japan Times

China is getting closer to deploying a new intermediate-range ballistic missile known as the DF-26 — or “Guam Killer” — which could put American forces stationed on the western Pacific U.S. territory at risk, a government report has warned.

Can China’s Ballistic Missiles Hit Guam?
The Diplomat

The Chinese military has inducted a new intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) capable of hitting U.S. military installations on Guam, the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands, a new report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission reveals.

North Korea Names Ex-Nuclear Envoy as New Foreign Minister
ABC News

North Korea has named a career diplomat and ex-nuclear envoy with broad experience in negotiating with rivals South Korea and the United States as its new foreign minister, according to a diplomatic letter from Pyongyang.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia to counter NATO expansion with new radar station in Crimea – source
RT News

Russia will restore a missile attack warning station near Crimea’s Sevastopol to counter increasing NATO activity in the Black Sea, Izvestia daily reported, quoting a source in the Russian defense industry.

Russia Is Not Happy About New American Anti-Missile System
Popular Mechanics

A new American anti-missile system in Romania has prompted bitter complaints from neighboring Russia. The system, designed to shoot down missiles aimed at Europe from the Middle East, is seen by Russia as a threat to its own nuclear deterrent.

Belarus pledges full support for Russian plans to counter US missile defense in Europe
RT News

The Belarusian foreign minister has voiced concern about the US and NATO beefing up military contingents in Europe, promising his country will join Russia in offering an appropriate response to the deployment of US missile defense systems on the continent.

SOUTH ASIA

Nuclear competition among China, India, Pakistan could escalate
The Economic Times

Small increments of stockpile growth and multiple warhead missiles will ratchet up a triangular nuclear competition among China, India and Pakistan, a new book has said while warning that there are no realistic prospects for banning such arsenal.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Get Ready, Russia and China: American Missile Defense Is Going 'Star Wars'
The National Interest

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency is in the early phases of engineering a next-generation “Star Wars”-type technology able to knock multiple incoming enemy targets out of space with a single interceptor, officials said.

Next month's U.S.-Korea-Japan exercises symbolize trilateral cooperation U.S. seeks: Pentagon
Yonhap News

Next month's joint military exercises between South Korea, the United States and Japan are representative of the three-way security cooperation the United States wants to have with the two allies, the Pentagon said Monday.

OPINIONS

Same Age, Different Behavior: Nuclear India And Nuclear Pakistan – Analysis
Eurasia Review, Manpreet Sethi

The potential of Pakistan as a middle level power is immense. If only it would allow its nuclear adolescence to transition into a mature and responsible adulthood.

Obama’s Hiroshima Speech: A Missed Opportunity
The Diplomat, Ben Rimland

Despite Obama’s talk of a nuclear-free world, he has overseen one of the largest modernization programs in U.S. nuclear history.

The fee for NSG membership
The Hindu

If India aims to be part of the elite NSG club, it must have a realistic idea of what the fee for full membership is, added to the diplomatic outreach required to win support from China. A full and transparent cost-benefit analysis is crucial.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 16, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 16, 2016

TOP NEWS

U.S., South Korea, Japan to Hold Drills on North Korean Missiles
Bloomberg

U.S.-Russia ties continue to fray after U.S. missile shield deployment in Romania
Xinhua

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill calling for N. Korea's designation as terror sponsor
Yonhap News

Washington’s Imaginary Nuclear Arms Race
The National Interest, Matthew Costlow

Shore Up US Nuclear Program
Defense News, Sen. Steve Daines, Sen. Tom Cotton

EAST ASIA

U.S., South Korea, Japan to Hold Drills on North Korean Missiles
Bloomberg

In a sign of increasing defense cooperation, the U.S., Japan and South Korea will next month hold their first joint military exercises aimed at tracking North Korean missiles.

N.K. can carry out nuke, missile tests after party congress: Seoul official
Yonhap News

South Korea does not exclude the possibility of North Korea pushing ahead with its fifth nuclear test or a missile launch after the recently-concluded party congress, a Seoul government official said Monday.

N.K. uses party congress to declare nukes its priority: report
Yonhap News

North Korea used its latest party congress as a venue to show its will to give priority to developing nuclear weapons before it moves to bolster its fragile economy, a report showed Monday.

Trump remarks prompt debate over cost of Japan-U.S. defense ties
The Japan Times

Donald Trump, who is now expected to be the Republican candidate for U.S. president, has made a number of disturbing remarks. Particularly troubling to Japanese officials is his threat to shake up the Japan-U.S. military alliance.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

U.S.-Russia ties continue to fray after U.S. missile shield deployment in Romania
Xinhua

The U.S. deployment of a missile shield in Romania is unlikely to worsen the already poor relations between the United States and Russia, but could make it harder to improve the ties anytime soon, experts said.

SOUTH ASIA

US disagrees completely with China, says India ready to be in Nuclear Suppliers Group
The Times of India

China and Pakistan may not agree, but the United States believes - completely - that India is ready to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

U.S. lawmakers introduce bill calling for N. Korea's designation as terror sponsor
Yonhap News

U.S. House lawmakers have introduced a bill requiring the government to re-examine whether North Korea should be put back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying they believe the communist nation merits redesignation.

Bid process expected to decide Sandia lab contract
The Washington Times

The $2.9 billion contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories is up for grabs for the first time in two decades.

OPINIONS

Shore Up US Nuclear Program
Defense News, Sen. Steve Daines, Sen. Tom Cotton

Now is not the time for the American people, members of Congress, or those in the Pentagon to turn their attention away from a bedrock of peace and security in the world, the US nuclear deterrent.

Should Obama Apologize in Hiroshima?
The National Interest, John Hemmings

Now that President Barack Obama has announced his intention to visit Hiroshima later this month, many questions have been raised about whether he will proffer regret or apologize for the dropping of two nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in late 1945. Should he apologize?

Admitting Non-NPT Members: Questions for the NSG
Arms Control Wonk, Mark Hibbs

The Nuclear Suppliers Group in coming weeks may consider an application for membership from India, and perhaps also from Pakistan. Both states possess nuclear weapons and are outside the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Hence, they are states whose nuclear weapon activities the NSG has actively sought to inhibit.

Revisiting Bikini Atoll nuclear tests
The Japan Times

A recent lawsuit filed by former crew members and relatives of deceased crew members of fishing boats operating near the area where the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific in 1954 — seeking compensation from the Japanese government over its questionable behavior at the time and in subsequent years — carries historical significance.

Rather than apologize, Obama should vow to halve the U.S. nuclear stockpile
The Japan Times, Patrick Parr

Cutting that number in half within the year would be a strong way of displaying a level of cooperation and respect toward other countries not in such a favorable position of authority. It would be better than an apology.

Will the Kremlin Pull Out of the INF Treaty?
The National Interest, Pavel Felgenhauer

In 2007, as Putin was dramatically turning Russia on a path of acute confrontation with the West, he repeatedly openly threatened to scrap the treaty, in direct connection with the presumed threat of US MD bases in Poland and Romania. If the INF is scrapped, with it go the last vestiges of arms control, thus opening the door to a renewed arms race.

Washington’s Imaginary Nuclear Arms Race
The National Interest, Matthew Costlow

The Cold War is back, if you believe some public commentators at least. On one level, they are correct: current tensions between the United States and Russia over potential Russian territorial aggression in Europe, accusations of nuclear treaty violations, and whispers of a new nuclear arms race are certainly reminiscent of the Cold War of yesteryear.

SPECIAL INTEREST

1st Soviet ballistic missiles & heroic space dogs in declassified Kapustin Yar range PHOTOS
RT News

Russia's Defense Ministry has declassified a set of historic photos made at the legendary rocket firing range of Kapustin Yar, where all initial Soviet ballistic missiles were tested, reaching near space with the first canine cosmonauts on board

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Nuclear Policy News – May 13, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 13, 2016

TOP NEWS

A Call for Russia and the U.S. to Cooperate in Protecting Against Nuclear Terrorism
The Huffington Post, William J. Perry, Jerry Brown

Russia Calls New U.S. Missile Defense System a ‘Direct Threat’
The New York Times

Summits end; nonproliferation challenges don't
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Michael H. Fuchs

The Second Coming of MIRVs
Arms Control Wonk, Michael Krepon

China reiterates opposition to U.S. missile system in S. Korea
Xinhua

EAST ASIA

N. Korea deploying ICBMs near Chinese border
The Korea Times

North Korea appears to have been deploying road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at military bases near its border with China, according to media reports Friday, in a move to show off its nuclear capability against the United States.

China reiterates opposition to U.S. missile system in S. Korea
Xinhua

China has reiterated its staunch opposition to Washington's planned deployment of an advanced missile defense system in South Korea. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong on Thursday conveyed the message to his counterpart, Rose Gottemoeller, in an arms control dialogue in Washington.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia Calls New U.S. Missile Defense System a ‘Direct Threat’
The New York Times

As American and allied officials celebrated the opening of a long-awaited missile defense system in Europe with a ribbon cutting and a band, the reaction in Russia on Thursday suggested the system had raised the risks of a nuclear war.

SOUTH ASIA

China and Pakistan join hands to block India's entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group
The Times of India

China and Pakistan are closely coordinating moves to block India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

New amendment on safeguarding nuclear facilities comes into force, strengthening a weak link in nuclear security
UN

After nearly two decades, the Amendment to the United Nations –backed Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) entered into force on 8 May – strengthening nuclear security and reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism worldwide.

Disarmament Group Renews Push to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Voice of America

New efforts to ban nuclear weapons are under way as governments and activists gather at the United Nations in Geneva to consider proposals for negotiating a legally binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Decades-old atomic bomb debate renewed amid plans for Obama trip later this month to Hiroshima
U.S. News & World Report

Obama's visit later this month already is stirring debate on both sides of the Pacific about the motivations and justifications for the nuclear attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Anything he says will be sharply scrutinized in the U.S., Japan and beyond.

OPINIONS

A Call for Russia and the U.S. to Cooperate in Protecting Against Nuclear Terrorism
The Huffington Post, William J. Perry, Jerry Brown

If a nuclear bomb were to go off in one of our cities, we would move promptly to take actions that could prevent another attack. So why not do it now? Timely action can prevent the catastrophe from occurring, and can ensure that the preventive actions we take are thoughtful and do not make unnecessary infringements on our civil liberties.

America’s Security Dilemma: Do We Need a New Nuclear-tipped Stealth Cruise Missile?
The National Interest, Richard Purcell

The debate about the LRSO centers on the question of whether or not such a capability is necessary or appropriate.  Opponents argue that dual-use cruise missiles capable of delivering either conventional or nuclear weapons are fundamentally destabilizing.  Once one is fired, it would be impossible for an opponent to know what kind of warhead it is carrying.

Nuclear Weapons Are Scary — But We Can Do Something About Them
The Huffington Post, Susi Snyder

Nuclear weapons are scary. The risk of use by accident, intention or terror. The climate consequences. The fact that they are designed and built to vaporize thousands of people with the push of a button. Scary. Fortunately, there is something we can do.

North Korea's Faulty Nuclear Formula
Forbes, Scott Snyder

Kim’s power depends on his ability to stand atop a system in which he commands absolute loyalty by suppressing both internal and external political competition. The Party Conference affirmed Kim’s monopoly on power and showcased both his demands and the rewards for absolute fealty among the highest-ranking members of North Korean society.

Congress Must Stop Stonewalling Obama's IAEA Envoy
The National Interest, J. Robert Barnes, John Castellaw, Dirk Jameson

The United States has major responsibilities for IAEA oversight, and this requires a strong and capable ambassador. Laura Holgate, the president’s nominee to serve as U.S. representative to the IAEA, is eminently qualified and has been awaiting confirmation for many months. The senate should confirm her immediately.

Summits end; nonproliferation challenges don't
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Michael H. Fuchs

In late March, just as representatives to the final Nuclear Security Summit were converging on Washington, Donald Trump was revealing to The New York Times his cavalier and irresponsible attitudes toward nuclear proliferation. Just last week, Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee for president. So perhaps now more than ever, it's important to impress on both publics and governments the indispensability of concrete nonproliferation action.

N. Korean nukes and Hillary Clinton
The Korea Times, Sah Dong-seok

So it will be reasonable to assume that Clinton, a former secretary of state, will be president. And if that is the case, there is every reason for Koreans to be more hopeful, especially when it comes to resolving the North Korean nuclear gridlock.

The Second Coming of MIRVs
Arms Control Wonk, Michael Krepon

If the Pentagon is to be believed, the second coming of MIRVs is upon us, this time in Asia, with China’s deployment of the DF-5B missile.

SPECIAL INTEREST

'Artivist' from Chennai wins UN's poster design contest
The Times of India

In a recent event, which was attended by the top officials of the UN, including the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the two posters which Anjali Chandrashekar designed were unveiled. In a chat with Chennai Times, she talks about her journey as an artivist, the UN's disarmament campaign, projects she plans to do in India and more.

During the Cold War, the Air Force Dropped an Unarmed Nuke on South Carolina
Smithsonian Magazine

Considering how monumentally destructive nuclear bombs can be, one likes to think that their handlers are extremely careful when dealing with the powerful weapons. But, of course, mistakes sometimes happen. Just take the time in 1958, when a bomber accidentally dropped an unarmed nuclear warhead on the unsuspecting town of Mars Bluff, South Carolina.

Experiment aims to advance nuclear monitoring
Phys.org

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team played a key role in fielding the recent Source Physics Experiment (SPE-5) detonated at the Nevada Nuclear Security Site (NNSS).

A Terrifying Interactive Map Visualizes the Devastation of Nuclear Fallout
Gizmodo

The destructive power of nuclear bombs has been seared into our collective memory, thanks to archival images of the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There’s the blast itself, and then all the radioactive fallout to contend with. A new interactive map shows what the damage from fallout would be if nuclear bombs were dropped on target cities today.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 12, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 12, 2016

 

TOP NEWS

US switches on $800m missile shield in Romania
The Guardian

Russia says US missile system breaches nuclear INF treaty
BBC News

Obama's Nuclear-Zero Delusion Endangers Israel
The National Interest, Louis René Beres

Nuclear Weapons and the Laws of War (Cont.)
Arms Control Wonk, Justin Anderson

Chinese ballistic missiles dubbed ‘Guam Killer’ pose increasing threat to U.S. island, report says
The Washington Post

EAST ASIA

N. Korea won't test nukes if peace treaty talks open: experts
The Korea Herald

North Korea will refrain from testing nuclear weapons if China and the United States engage Pyongyang in talks to improve ties and ultimately sign a peace treaty, experts said Thursday.

N. Korea to entice US into bogus nuclear negotiations: ex-U.S. ambassador
The Korea Times

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's call for global denuclearization could be part of a ploy to entice either the fading administration of President Barack Obama or his successor into negotiations over its nuclear weapons program, a former U.S. ambassador said Wednesday.

Chinese ballistic missiles dubbed ‘Guam Killer’ pose increasing threat to U.S. island, report says
The Washington Post

While China has long had the ability to strike Guam with long-range nuclear missiles, the Chinese military is expending an increasing amount of resources to hit the key U.S. island with more conventional weapons in the event of a conflict, according to a government report released Tuesday.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia says US missile system breaches nuclear INF treaty
BBC News

Russia's foreign ministry says US activation of a European missile defense shield in Romania, scheduled for Thursday, violates a treaty on nuclear forces.

Trident nuclear weapons replacement to cost £205bn, campaigners warn
RT News

Replacing Britain’s aging Trident nuclear deterrent will likely cost £205 billion (US$296 billion), more than doubling since it was calculated in 2014, disarmament campaigners warn.

SOUTH ASIA

Will Pakistan Now Seek Nuclear Submarines?
Quwa Defence News & Analysis Group

Pakistan’s pursuit of assured nuclear second strike capability from land, air and sea has been a cornerstone strategic policy. While its land-based strike forces are expansive (via ballistic missiles of varying ranges of up to 2750km), its air and sea-based deterrence capabilities are only beginning to form in earnest.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

US switches on $800m missile shield in Romania
The Guardian

The US has switched on an $800m (£550m) missile shield in Romania that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states, but which the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.

Residents Near New Mexico Nuclear Test Site Seek Obama Visit
ABC News

Residents of a historic Hispanic village near the site where the U.S. government tested the first atomic bomb have praised President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima — the Japanese city devastated by the first a-bomb used in war.

Who will run Sandia Labs?
Albuquerque Journal

The National Nuclear Security Administration is expected to issue its final request for proposals to run the sprawling nuclear weapons and research lab in Albuquerque any day now, and corporate and institutional jostling for the $2.9 billion management contract is likely to be fierce.

OPINIONS

Obama's Nuclear-Zero Delusion Endangers Israel
The National Interest, Louis René Beres

Indeed, if nuclear disarmament had actually been taken seriously as tangible policy (thankfully, it wasn’t), this delusionary sentiment could have led the United States and certain allies to sometime incur very substantial or even incalculable military harms.

Nuclear Weapons and the Laws of War (Cont.)
Arms Control Wonk, Justin Anderson

Those who identify and wish to fill a “legal gap” on nuclear weapons possession and use are sincere in their desire to eliminate the scourge of nuclear war. I do not agree, however, with either their assessment of the law or their conclusion that a new treaty attempting to put in place a total, global ban could eliminate nuclear risk, nuclear competition, or the threat of nuclear coercion or conflict.

Sustaining the nuclear watchdog with a grand budgetary bargain
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Trevor Findlay

A grand budgetary bargain should be struck between politico-geographic factions of the IAEA’s membership over issues that have bedeviled rational budgetary outcomes for years.

Obama, Truman and Hiroshima
The Wall Street Journal, Wilson Miscamble

The White House announcement Tuesday that President Obama plans to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during his trip to Japan later this month undoubtedly will prompt much debate over President Truman’s decision to use atomic weapons in August 1945.

Obama's nuclear-free world still a distant dream
Nikkei Asian Review, Tomoyuki Kawai

While a visit to Hiroshima may provide President Barack Obama with an ideal setting to call for a nuclear-free world, real disarmament efforts have largely stalled as the U.S. and Russia fail to see eye to eye on arms reductions.

NORTHCOM: How America Should Deal With Russia’s Nuclear “Deescalation” Doctrine
The National Interest, Robbin Laird

In the end, however, our nuclear force crews, and the American public, see the threat of full-scale nuclear war as “simply nonexistent.” Not so in Russia. They’re ready. And what would we do if they used these tactical nukes against one of its neighbors?

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Nuclear Policy News – May 11, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 11, 2016

TOP NEWS

Obama's Visit to Hiroshima Raises Scrutiny of U.S. Arsenal
Bloomberg

Time to Push Back on Russia's Nuclear Threats
The National Interest, Steven Pifer

Update on Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Nuclear Test is Imminent
38 North

Iran Denies Testing Precision-Guided Ballistic Missile
The Diplomat

UN poster contest paints picture of hope for a nuclear-free world
The United Nations

EAST ASIA

Update on Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: No Indications that a Nuclear Test is Imminent
38 North

Despite predictions by the South Korean government that a nuclear test appeared imminent to coincide with the DPRK’s 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, that gathering is now ended and there are no apparent signs that a detonation will occur in the near future.

MIDDLE EAST

Iran Denies Testing Precision-Guided Ballistic Missile
The Diplomat

Iran’s defense minister disputes that a test-launch of a precision-guided missile with a 2,000 kilometer range occurred.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

US missile shield in Europe poses no critical threat to Russia – General
RT News

The US missile defense shield in Europe currently poses no critical threat to Russia, with the country constantly upgrading its missiles to tackle any future challenges, said General Sergey Karakayev, commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.

New Cold War? Russia Developing Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles To Pierce US Missile Shield
International Business Times

In a return to rhetoric reminiscent of the Cold War, Russia announced Tuesday it is working to develop new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of piercing the U.S. missile shield.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Ban hopes Obama’s Hiroshima visit gets wheels rolling on nuclear disarmament
The Japan Times

The United Nations hopes that U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will highlight the need to abolish all nuclear weapons, a spokesman said Tuesday.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

US organizations' plea to keep nuclear 'czar'
World Nuclear News

Four US organizations have urged the US administration to keep the position of director of nuclear energy policy at the National Security Council, saying that the so-called 'nuclear energy policy czar' is crucial to the coordination of US nuclear trade, security and climate policy.

Obama's Visit to Hiroshima Raises Scrutiny of U.S. Arsenal
Bloomberg

President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, on May 27, becoming the first sitting American president to set foot in the city once devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb, where he will again call for the world to rid itself of nuclear weapons. That declaration rings hollow to critics who believe Obama’s plan to overhaul and upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal is sparking a dangerous new arms race with China and Russia.

OPINIONS

Could North Korea Secretly Build an Iranian Bomb?
The National Interest, Peter Brookes

What if Iran were able to find a suitable partner to collude with on a ‘‘underground” nuclear weapons program, all while seemingly staying within the restrictions of the July 2015 nuclear deal?

Time to Push Back on Russia's Nuclear Threats
The National Interest, Steven Pifer

At a May 3 NATO change-of-command ceremony, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter questioned the Kremlin’s tactic of nuclear saber-rattling. Moscow’s jarring rhetoric about nuclear weapons aims to intimidate the West. It has led to unwise suggestions for how the United States and NATO should respond, ideas that should be ignored. Carter, however, should go beyond what he said and more specifically rebut the Russian leadership’s misguided notion of nuclear brinksmanship.

The meaning of Pokhran and Chagai
The Hindu, Amit Baruah

Eighteen years after India and Pakistan tested nuclear devices in Pokhran and Chagai on May 11, 13, and 28, 1998, there remains a yawning gap in perception on what this nuclear “deterrent” spells for the other country.

Passing the Nuclear Baton
The Huffington Post, Joe Cirincione

President Obama entered office with a bold vision, determined to end the Cold War thinking that distorted our nuclear posture. He failed. He has a few more moves he could still make — particularly with his speech in Hiroshima later this month — but the next president will inherit a nuclear mess.

What Mr. Obama Can Say at Hiroshima
The New York Times, The Editorial Board

Mr. Obama’s missteps have made his goal harder to achieve. Nothing is more at odds with his vision than his befuddling support for a $1 trillion program to rebuild the American arsenal over the next 30 years. But there are still opportunities to improve his credibility.

Commentary: Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula requires concerted efforts from both Pyongyang and Washington
Xinhua, Sun Ding

As the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) marked a milestone by rolling out an economic blueprint aimed at kick-starting its economy, Pyongyang and Washington should work together to pave the way for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

McCain Panel Probe Into Cost Of Secret B-21 Bomber Could Force Restructure
Forbes, Loren Thompson

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), whose panel will be reviewing the Pentagon’s 2017 budget request over the next two weeks, is deeply suspicious of how the bomber program is being funded. So is Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), chairman of the airland subcommittee.

China's 'Boomers': Should America Fear Beijing's Underwater Nukes?
The National Interest Bonnie S. Glaser, Matthew P. Funaiole

A recent report by the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) says that China’s Jin­­-class SSBN represents the country’s “first credible at-sea second-strike nuclear capability.” That goal remains a long way off, however. Although the Jin­-class is a potential step forward for China’s nuclear deterrent, its nascent SSBN program continues to face considerable challenges.

SPECIAL INTEREST

UN poster contest paints picture of hope for a nuclear-free world
The United Nations

The winning artists in an international competition to commemorate the very first United Nations General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, are advocating for a world free of nuclear weapons. The first and last time these weapons were used was decades before the artists were born.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 10, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 10, 2016

TOP NEWS

Obama to make historic Hiroshima visit, highlight nuclear security
Reuters

Deputy Secretary General calls for efforts to strengthen non-proliferation regime
NATO

Carter: Threat-Reduction Program Was Novel Response to Historic Change
U.S. Department of Defense

On Cruise Missiles and White Elephants
War on the Rocks, Luke O’Brien

Why B-47s Dropped Their Test Nukes While In the Middle of a Loop
Popular Mechanics

EAST ASIA

North Korea Hardens Nuclear Stance at Party Congress
The Wall Street Journal

If North Korea’s ruling party congress had a message for the next U.S. president, it appeared to be this: the nuclear stakes will be higher when you take office.

South Korea will never accept DPRK as nuclear state: FM
Xinhua

South Korea will never recognize Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a nuclear-weapons state, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia developing new capacity to counter U.S. missile shield in Europe: officer
Xinhua

Russia is developing new capacity to counter U.S. missile defense systems in Europe, a senior military officer said Tuesday. The U.S. missile shield in Europe does not present a major threat to the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF), as the RSMF has kept ramping up its capabilities, said RSMF commander Lieutenant General Sergei Karakayev.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Deputy Secretary General calls for efforts to strengthen non-proliferation regime
NATO

NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow opened the twelfth annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Arms Control, Disarmament, and Non-proliferation in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Monday (9 May 2016). “With the breadth of challenges before us, it is essential that we work together to develop an ever stronger and more comprehensive approach to today’s WMD and CBRN threats,” he said.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Obama to make historic Hiroshima visit, highlight nuclear security
Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima later this month and become the first sitting U.S. president to do so since World War Two, but will not offer an apology for the United States' use of an atomic bomb on the city, the White House said on Tuesday.

NNSA Achieves Major Milestone in BUILDER Implementation
NNSA

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) achieved a major milestone in improving the management of the Nuclear Security Enterprise’s infrastructure through the successful migration of all current information on building inventory and condition into one system—BUILDER, a new cutting-edge infrastructure management tool recommended by the National Academy of Sciences.

Air Force suspends commander in charge of nuclear monitoring unit
Air Force Times

Col. Jennifer Sovada, commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, was temporarily suspended from command May 3, said Marcia Klein, a spokeswoman for the 25th Air Force. While there is no time period attached to Sovada's suspension, Klein said, she has not been relieved or removed from command.

Carter: Threat-Reduction Program Was Novel Response to Historic Change
U.S. Department of Defense

Georgia Democrat Sam Nunn and Indiana Republican Richard Lugar established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program as the Nunn-Lugar amendment -- formally the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991 -- to the implementing legislation for the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty.

Trump’s Rise Could Legitimize Nuclear Hawks in Asia
Voice of America

In Japan and South Korea, America’s closest military allies in Asia, conservative proponents of nuclear weapons could move from the political fringes to the mainstream if Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States.

OPINIONS

Celebrating the Success of a Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of
The Huffington Post, Joan Rohlfing

Despite its clunky acronym and relative obscurity, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) is the only legally binding international agreement focusing on the physical protection of peaceful-use (read: non-military) nuclear materials. Under the original agreement, countries are required to provide appropriate security for nuclear materials during international transport. The amendment, which just came into effect, expands the scope of the treaty to also include the storage and use of such materials at nuclear facilities and the protection of those facilities against sabotage.

On Cruise Missiles and White Elephants
War on the Rocks, Luke O’Brien

The next decade is likely to see continued tensions with Russia, which demands modernization programs that can keep pace. The United States would do well to approach this problem wisely, and not invest in redundant systems of dubious utility. With this in mind, we should look very critically at the LRSO. Such a decision might decide the fate of conventional deterrence in Europe.

How to freeze North Korea’s nuclear program
The Seattle Times, Robert Litwak, Robert Daly

Freezing North Korean’s nuclear capabilities is an imperfect, interim solution, but it would avert the greater danger of North Korea developing a nuclear weapon that could strike the United States. The alternative - principled refusal to negotiate and the blinkered hope that sanctions and patience will bring Kim Jong Un to his senses - will almost certainly result in North Korea’s full emergence as a belligerent nuclear state.

U.S. vs Russia: Struggling for Undersea Nuclear Supremacy
The National Interest, Leonid Nersisyan

Regarding the most strategic missile carriers, the Russian Borei is clearly and by far exceeds the Ohio in low noisiness, which means that until the introduction of the first SSBN(X)s in the 2030s, Russia will have an obvious technological advantage over the United States in this area. What can be said for sure is that both the Russian and U.S. submarine groups may presently cause an irrecoverable damage to any opponent, thereby ensuring strategic deterrence.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Why B-47s Dropped Their Test Nukes While In the Middle of a Loop
Popular Mechanics

At 110 feet long by 116 feet wide, the B-47 was longer, but less wide than the B-29. With a top speed of 607 mph to the B-29's 365 mph, it was much faster as well, with a higher ceiling to boot—40,500 feet verses a B-29's 31,850. Not a bad vehicle to escape a nuclear bomb that is detonating beneath you. But the maneuver that gave pilots that little extra edge was a type of Immellmann turn known in the Air Force by the acronym LABS, for Low Altitude Bombing System. It's also called the over-the-shoulder delivery. You know, like a G.I. tossing grenades from a trench with a hook-shot.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 9, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 9, 2016

TOP NEWS

North Korea says to push nuclear program, defying UN sanctions
Reuters

New Possible Indication of North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations
38 North

Defiant Iran test-fires ballistic missile
USA Today

Defense Bill Has Nuclear Facilities Fighting Drones
DefenseNews

America Needs a New Kill Vehicle to Defeat Incoming Nukes
The National Interest, Constance Baroudos

EAST ASIA

North Korea says to push nuclear program, defying UN sanctions
Reuters

Secretive North Korea said it will strengthen self-defensive nuclear weapons capability, its KCNA news agency reported on Monday, a decision adopted in defiance of U.N. resolutions at a rare congress of its ruling Workers' Party.

New Possible Indication of North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations
38 North

Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May 5 suggests that Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test in the near future. While the test site continues to show low levels of activity, vehicles have been spotted at what is believed to be the Command Center, located approximately 6 kilometers south of the test site.

N.K. set to revise party rules to reflect 'nuclear state' status
Yonhap News

North Korea is set to discuss the revision of the ruling party's rules at the party congress on Monday to reflect what the country claims is its nuclear state status, experts said.

U.S. urges N. Korea to honor denuclearization commitments
Yonhap News

The United States urged North Korea on Sunday to honor commitments and obligations to give up its nuclear program after the North's leader said he will continue to pursue his trademark policy of simultaneously seeking nuclear and economic development.

North Korea 'will not use nuclear weapons' unless threatened
BBC News

The leader of North Korea has said the country will not use nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is threatened, state media report.

IAEA head says concerned about North Korea's continued nuclear activities
Reuters

North Korea's continued nuclear activities are of "great concern" to the region and beyond, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told reporters on Monday.

North Korea Willing to Reconcile Unless Seoul 'Opts for War'
The New York Times

North Korea's ruling party adopted a resolution on the third day of its first full congress in 36 years to strive toward a more prosperous and modern economy and stressed that it will push for the peaceful reunification of Korean Peninsula, but warned that if Seoul "opts for a war" its military will mercilessly wipeout all opposition.

MIDDLE EAST

Defiant Iran test-fires ballistic missile
USA Today

Iran said Monday it had conducted another ballistic missile test, claiming the missile displayed pinpoint accuracy at a range of 1,250 miles.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

NATO won't surrender if Russia nukes Warsaw – ex-US Supreme Commander
RT News

“Putin-dominated” Russia is mistaken if it expects the US to surrender in a hypothetical conflict after Moscow nukes "say, Warsaw," a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe told CNN, promising retaliatory measures.

Kazakhstan calls for nuclear free world by 2045
The Washington Post

Kazakhstan is seeking to encourage a wide ranging discussion of the role of religion in fighting extremism and terrorism and it is calling for a nuclear free world by 2045, the 100th anniversary of the United Nations, as the Central Asian nation makes its first bid for a seat on the Security Council.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Defense Bill Has Nuclear Facilities Fighting Drones
DefenseNews

As US regulators grapple with the safety, privacy and national security concerns posed by a boom in the use of recreational drones, lawmakers worried about their use for malicious ends have advanced legislation aimed at letting Defense Department and Energy Department facilities defend themselves against them.

Obama Weighs Visiting Hiroshima or Nagasaki
The New York Times

When President Obama first visited Japan in November 2009, he said he hoped someday to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the United States dropped atomic bombs during World War II. With his fourth and likely final visit to Japan as president scheduled this month for a Group of 7 meeting for leaders of industrialized nations, the White House is deciding whether Mr. Obama will follow through.

OPINIONS

The Nuclear Security Regime and Nuclear Terror
The Diplomat, Saira Bano, Srini Sitaraman

A comprehensive, sustained approach is needed to stop nuclear terrorism.

America Needs a New Kill Vehicle to Defeat Incoming Nukes
The National Interest, Constance Baroudos

Missile defenses deter countries from launching missile attacks and seek to defeat those who do. But the only existing technology designed to protect the American homeland from incoming intermediate- and long-range ballistic missiles today is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, and its success in flight tests has been uneven.

Chinese Nuclear Strategist Believes China’s MIRVs Are Decoys
The Diplomat, Ben Lowsen

China may be playing a nuclear shell game.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 6, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 6, 2016

TOP NEWS

North Korea Congress Kicks Off With Embrace of Nuclear Arms
The Wall Street Journal

NATO Ratchets Up Missile Defense Despite Russian Criticism
The New York Times

Nuclear security: From summits to mechanisms
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Will America's Asian Allies Go Nuclear?
The National Interest, Se Young Jang

Moral imperative of ridding the world of nuclear arms
The Japan Times, Daisaku Ikeda

EAST ASIA

North Korea's nuclear program: What do we know?
CNN

Despite international condemnation, North Korea has ramped up its quest to become a nuclear power, with weapons tests a very visible sign of leader Kim Jong Un's ambitions.

North Korea Congress Kicks Off With Embrace of Nuclear Arms
The Wall Street Journal

North Korea began its highest-level political gathering in more than three decades Friday with a message of nuclear defiance to the U.S. in its state media but a blackout on information from the event.

Why Kim Jong Un is now advertising his arsenal
CNN

North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile activities have once again been making headlines, prompting much speculation over the country's capabilities and intentions. But is young dictator Kim Jong Un really, as some experts have ominously suggested, now engaged in a nuclear sprint?

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

NATO Ratchets Up Missile Defense Despite Russian Criticism
The New York Times

The decision by the United States and its allies in Eastern Europe to proceed with ballistic missile defense in the face of increasingly loud Russian criticism is an important stage in the alliance’s new stance toward Moscow.

Scotland Reasserts Anti-Trident Consensus
The Huffington Post

In effect, support for nuclear weapons is being reduced down to the Conservative Party, and this is a process being seen in Westminster too. At CND's recent Stop Trident rally in London, Scotland's First Minister, together with the leader of the Labour Party, Leanne Wood from Plaid Cymru and Caroline Lucas for the Greens, demonstrated the emergence of a new political consensus against Trident.

Deterring Russia: Assessing the Role of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe
The Huffington Post

Given President Obama’s stated commitment to nuclear disarmament, the development and deployment of B61-12 may seem contradictory and disappointing. However, it should be understood as a recognition that so long as countries like Russia threaten their neighbors and brandish nuclear weapons, the United States and its allies must maintain their commitment to deter and, if necessary, defend against provocation and aggression.

SOUTH ASIA

Nuclear battles in South Asia
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist

The armies of Pakistan and India are practicing for nuclear war on the battlefield: Pakistan is rehearsing the use of nuclear weapons, while India trains to fight on despite such use and subsequently escalate.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Nuclear security: From summits to mechanisms
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The idea behind the Nuclear Security Summits was to prevent terrorist groups such as the Islamic State from gaining access to nuclear weapons, fissile materials, and nuclear facilities. But nuclear security is never "done"—not as long as fissile and radiological materials exist—so even now, with the summit process complete, the threat of nuclear terrorism is not necessarily diminishing.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Scientists and Faith Leaders Urge President Obama to Announce Steps in Hiroshima to Reduce Nuclear Risks
Union of Concerned Scientists

The heads of four leading science and faith organizations call on the president to announce specific steps the United States will take to reduce the real and urgent risks posed by nuclear weapons and prevent a new global nuclear arms race.

OPINIONS

Will America's Asian Allies Go Nuclear?
The National Interest, Se Young Jang

In Northeast Asia, where national security still overwhelmingly dominates the perspectives and behavior of states, nuclear proliferation, both vertical and horizontal, is gaining stronger momentum.

Kendall’s Telling Mistake on the LRSO
Union of Concerned Scientist, Stephen Young

In March, Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, submitted a flawed report to Congress on the proposed new nuclear-armed cruise missile known as the Long Range Stand-Off Weapon, or LRSO. The report includes a telling error, claiming that the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review calls for maintaining a nuclear-armed cruise missile, when it does no such thing.

The Big Nuking of 1959: How the US Would Have Nuked East Asia
The Diplomat, Robert Farley

A recently declassified nuclear target list shows how the U.S. planned to use its nuclear weapons in the late-1950s.

Moral imperative of ridding the world of nuclear arms
The Japan Times, Daisaku Ikeda

There is increasing speculation that U.S. President Barack Obama, who in his 2009 speech in Prague called for a world without nuclear weapons, terming their continued existence “the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War,” might also visit Hiroshima this month during his trip to Japan for the Group of Seven summit in the Ise-Shima area. I sincerely hope that he will take the opportunity to do so.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 4, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 4, 2016

TOP NEWS 

The Science Behind Hitler's Atomic Bomb And How We Stopped It
Forbes

Here’s how the U.N. is working to stop terrorists from getting weapons of mass destruction
The Washington Post

Seoul braces for Trump risks
The Korea Times

The Taxi Drivers Turned Black-Market Nuke Smugglers
The Daily Beast

Where will the next president stand on nuclear weapons?
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, Rachel Whitlark

EAST ASIA

Seoul braces for Trump risks
The Korea Times

The likelihood of "Trump risks" becoming a significant problem for Korea is increasing after the billionaire property tycoon became the de-facto Republican presidential nominee Tuesday.

S. Korea's nuclear armament would make US safer: expert
The Korea Times

The United States and South Korea should seriously consider having Seoul develop nuclear weapons and jointly manage the arsenal if the security situation on the Korean Peninsula continues to worsen, a senior South Korean expert claimed Tuesday.

North Korea May Be In Advanced Stage Of Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Development, Latest Satellite Imagery Shows
The International Business Times

New satellite images suggest that North Korea may be in advanced stage of developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile, a U.S. think tank said Tuesday. Pyongyang’s active pursuance of the missile comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Korean Peninsula, where the reclusive state has carried out several nuclear and missile tests despite stern sanctions.

SOUTH ASIA

Pakistan to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence: Aziz
The Hindu

Pakistan would maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for balancing the strategic stability in South Asia, Prime Minister’s advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Tuesday, amid mounting international pressure on the country to slow down its atomic programme.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Here’s how the U.N. is working to stop terrorists from getting weapons of mass destruction
The Washington Post

Terrorist attacks in Paris, Mogadishu, Istanbul and Brussels - to name just a few - have been carried out by increasingly violent groups like Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and the Islamic State. While those attacks have been horrific, security experts fear the fallout we’d see if any of those groups were to carry out a major attack using nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons.

Russia delays U.N. council condemnation of North Korea missile tests
Reuters

A United Nations Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile tests has been delayed by Russian amendments to a statement that had been agreed by the remaining 14 members, including Pyongyang's ally China, diplomats said on Tuesday.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Wesley Clark: Next President May Face Another Nuclear Arms Race With Russia
Fortune

The 2016 presidential race has focused on economic policy questions like whether to raise the minimum wage and the potential pitfalls and benefits of free trade agreements. But according to retired four-star general Wesley Clark, the most pressing issue facing the next President could be a return of a cold-war style nuclear arms race with Russia.

Legislation Seeks Defense Against Hypersonic Missiles
The Washington Free Beacon

An amendment to the current defense authorization bill passed by the House Armed Services Committee last week would require the agency to develop and fund a program to defeat hypersonic missiles.

OPINIONS

The other nuclear threat
The Washington Times, Alexander Murinson

The fourth Nuclear Security Summit was recently hosted in America’s capital by President Obama. Optimists contend that the summit’s message of nonproliferation resonated with both nuclear and nuclear-threshold nations alike. The reality, however, is that lacking any teeth in terms of oversight, credible or reliable sanctions on nations who “break the rules,” Mr. Obama’s efforts were likely a nice opportunity for world leaders to hold important meetings on the periphery of the summit.

Where will the next president stand on nuclear weapons?
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, Rachel Whitlark

From Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, from arms races to arms control, from the Cold War and its proxy wars to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2015 deal with Iran, few subjects have so consistently, and so controversially, concerned the American presidency as nuclear weapons have.

The US Should Admit Its Vulnerability to Chinese Nuclear Attacks
The Diplomat, Ben Rimland

Acknowledging that MAD is once again at play will make U.S. nuclear deterrence more realistic.

Scale back U.S. nuclear weapons and stop a new arms race
The Seattle Times, Gael Tarleton, Joe Cirincione

In late March, Washington Democratic U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray wrote to President Obama urging him to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal by one-third. It was part of a larger proposal on reducing the risk of nuclear weapons they sent to the president with four of their Senate colleagues, including Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. A fine idea, but what does it have to do with the state of Washington? More than you might think.

Improving nuclear safety and security: lessons from the past
Institute for Security Studies, Mothepa Shadung

In Africa and across the globe, 2016 marks significant anniversaries in the disarmament and non-proliferation sphere. These anniversaries reflect progress made and lessons learnt, but also gaps in efforts to enhance nuclear safety and security, and eliminate and curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

SPECIAL INTEREST

The Taxi Drivers Turned Black-Market Nuke Smugglers
The Daily Beast

Six men were nabbed in Georgia for trying to sell uranium to an unknown buyer—just months after a criminal group was arrested for peddling a radioactive isotope on the black market.

The Science Behind Hitler's Atomic Bomb And How We Stopped It
Forbes

By the early 1940s, the Germans were well ahead of the allies in their efforts, having procured all of the ingredients necessary for the bomb save one: the heavy water, which was only available in Norway in one particular plant: Vemork. Yet the Nazis never completed their bomb, thanks to the combined efforts of the Norwegian resistance and the allied help of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE).

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Nuclear Policy News – May 3, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 3, 2016

TOP NEWS

North Korea capital gears up for congress; South fears nuclear test
Reuters

Iran’s atomic chief visits Prague to talk nuclear business
The Washington Post

Ban reiterates call to action on anniversary of UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests
UN News Centre

Welcome to the Third Nuclear Age
The National Interest, Karl-Heinz Kamp

The Time Bobby Kennedy Watched the Smallest Nuclear Explosion Ever
Popular Mechanics

EAST ASIA

North Korea capital gears up for congress; South fears nuclear test
Reuters

North Korea's rain-soaked capital was festooned on Tuesday with banners celebrating leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a ruling party congress, as rival South Korea expressed concern that Pyongyang could conduct a nuclear test before or during the rare event.

Iran voices opposition to N. Korea's nuclear program
Yonhap News

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sent a clear message to North Korea over its nuclear weapons program: Tehran is against nuclear weapons.

North Korea Fifth Nuclear Test: South Korean Prime Minister Urges Stronger Military Presence Over Possible Provocation
International Business Times

South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn urged the country’s military to increase its readiness against any possible provocation from North Korea. Hwang’s comments came Tuesday amid speculation that Pyongyang will likely conduct its fifth nuclear test around the key meeting of its ruling Workers’ Party later this week.

MIDDLE EAST

Iran’s atomic chief visits Prague to talk nuclear business
The Washington Post

With sanctions lifted, the head of Iran's nuclear program came to talk business with Czech leaders. The Czech Foreign Ministry said the two-day visit by Iran's vice president and nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, focused on developing a bilateral nuclear cooperation. The Czechs say that would contribute to better international control of Iran's nuclear program.

SOUTH ASIA

Pakistan strongly committed to nuclear security
Samaa TV

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, says Pakistan’s nuclear programme is highly secure and capable to respond to all possible threats.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Ban reiterates call to action on anniversary of UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests
UN News Centre

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that instead of a celebration, the occasion is a call to action on the work that remains to be done to end nuclear testing and continue on an environmentally sustainable path.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Defense Sec'y Carter Says Russia Is 'Nuclear Saber-Rattling'
ABC News

Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a U.S. military changing-of-the-guard ceremony Tuesday to blast Russian aggression in Europe, saying Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel a U.S. military buildup on NATO's eastern flank.

Sandia Lab scientists study fire to improve nuclear weapon design
KRQE News 13

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratory are staying busy studying fire to help with their nuclear weapons design. They use the data to measure what nuclear weapons hardware can withstand.

China Seen Changing U.S. Nuclear Strategy In Pacific
Aviation Week, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

Chinese military moves in the Asia-Pacific could prompt the U.S. to alter its nuclear weapons policy for the region, a recent National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) report stated.

OPINIONS

Welcome to the Third Nuclear Age
The National Interest, Karl-Heinz Kamp

Future historians will mark 2014 as the beginning of the Third Nuclear Age, linking this turning point to the illegal Russian annexation of Crimea. With this act, Russia finally left the pan-European security order, terminated its partnership with NATO and has (again) been using its enormous nuclear potential to threaten its neighbors ever since.

Weak Spending On Missile Defense Undermines Administration’s Claims
Lexington Institute, Daniel Gouré

The ballistic missile threat to U.S. allies and the homeland is skyrocketing. Russia is deploying a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying ten or more warheads. China is believed to be adding warheads to its existing ICBMs and is deploying a newer missile in both road and rail mobile configurations.

Nuclear War: Chance Too High To Ignore – Study
Morning News USA, Jennifer Ong

The report from the Global Challenges Foundation states that reducing the risk of a nuclear war continues to be an “ongoing global challenge.” This is because tensions are high between countries with nuclear arsenals, the U.S. and Russia among them.

Trade U.S. Military Exercises for North Korean Nuclear Tests
Cato Institute, Doug Bandow

Whatever the issue and occasion, North Korean ambitions loom large. Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong recently opined that the confrontation between the United States and his nation “will lead to very catastrophic results, not only for the two countries but for the whole entire world as well.” Actually, most of the world doesn’t much notice the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Nevertheless, everyone would benefit if international relationships involving the DPRK became more normal.

SPECIAL INTEREST

The Time Bobby Kennedy Watched the Smallest Nuclear Explosion Ever
Popular Mechanics

Newly released footage shows an atmospheric test of the smallest and lightest nuclear weapon ever deployed by the U.S. The test, code-named Little Feller I, took place on July 17th, 1962, with Attorney General and presidential adviser Robert. F. Kennedy in attendance.

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Nuclear Policy News – May 2, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – May 2, 2016

TOP NEWS

Iran Urges Nuclear Weapon-Free Korean Peninsula
The New York Times

North Korea Seventh Congress: Pyongyang Likely To Conduct Fifth Nuclear Test Around Party Meeting
International Business Times

North Korea’s Brazen Nuclear Moves
The New York Times, The Editorial Board

Ban nuclear-weapons tests
The Japan Times, Des Browne, Daryl G. Kimball, Kairat Umarov

Appropriate international efforts needed for making world safer
RT News, Alexander Yakovenko

EAST ASIA

Iran Urges Nuclear Weapon-Free Korean Peninsula
The New York Times

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday pushed for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the official IRNA news agency reported.

China, Russia renew concerns over U.S.-South Korea missile defense
CNN

China and Russia are renewing concerns over U.S. proposals to deploy a missile defense system in South Korea following a stream of nuclear tests, missile launches and provocative statements by North Korea.

Aussie desire for nuclear option may have sunk Japanese sub bid
The Japan Times

At a news conference Thursday, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the Japanese side wanted a “detailed explanation” from Canberra about its decision and was “adjusting schedules” with Australian officials for that purpose.

North Korea Seventh Congress: Pyongyang Likely To Conduct Fifth Nuclear Test Around Party Meeting
International Business Times

North Korea will likely conduct its fifth nuclear test around the key meeting of its ruling Workers’ Party later this week, South Korean defense ministry said Monday. Seoul warned last month of its neighbor’s ambitions to carry out the fifth test and an underground nuclear warhead test.

MIDDLE EAST

Iran and heavy water: Five things to know
The Hill

A debate over a provision tucked deep in the Iran nuclear deal effectively stalled an energy and water spending bill in the Senate this week.

OPINIONS

North Korea’s Brazen Nuclear Moves
The New York Times, The Editorial Board

North Korea is still defying the international community with its nuclear weapons program, and it now may have enough fissile material for 20 bombs.

Fears of Nuclear, Missile Tests Overshadow North Korea's First Party Congress In 36 Years
Forbes, Donald Kirk

North Korea gets more publicity for its upcoming Party Congress by scaring everyone about missile and nuclear tests than it does by publicizing the Congress itself.

Ban nuclear-weapons tests
The Japan Times, Des Browne, Daryl G. Kimball, Kairat Umarov

The dangers posed by terrorist groups are growing, as are the risks from competition and conflict between nuclear-armed states. Strong leadership and global cooperation must also be deployed to address other urgent nuclear dangers, particularly the threat of further testing and proliferation of weapons.

Appropriate international efforts needed for making world safer
RT News, Alexander Yakovenko

Elimination of the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, remains one of the key priorities of the international community.

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Nuclear Policy News – April 28, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – April 28, 2016

TOP NEWS

FPI Bulletin: Countering Ballistic Missile Threats from North Korea
The Foreign Policy Initiative

Donald Trump won’t rule out using nukes against ISIS
The Washington Times

Iran nuclear deal fight threatens Senate spending bill
Reuters

North Korea rushes to re-test intermediate missile, fails again: South Korea
Reuters

Uranium season: 2nd group of isotope smugglers busted in Georgia in 10 days
RT News

EAST ASIA

FPI Bulletin: Countering Ballistic Missile Threats from North Korea
The Foreign Policy Initiative

To address the growing threat from North Korea, it is imperative for the United States to upgrade and expand its missile defense capabilities.

North Korea rushes to re-test intermediate missile, fails again: South Korea
Reuters

North Korea fired what appeared to have been an intermediate range ballistic missile on Thursday but it crashed seconds after the test launch, South Korea's defense ministry said, the second such failure in the run-up to next week's ruling party congress.

US Expects More Provocations From North Korea
Voice of America

The United States is anticipating more provocations from North Korea, including a fifth nuclear test, possibly in early May when the isolated regime is convening its Workers' Party Congress.

The significance of an Obama visit to Hiroshima
Nikkei Asian Review

Early in his presidency, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in part for his advocacy of nuclear disarmament. Now, he is poised to bookend his time in office by becoming the first sitting U.S. leader to visit Hiroshima.

Blinken: N.K. nuclear or missile test 'certainly possible' ahead of Workers' Party Congress
Yonhap News

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Wednesday it is "certainly possible" for North Korea to undertake a nuclear or missile test ahead of a key meeting of the Workers' Party next week.

MIDDLE EAST

Donald Trump won’t rule out using nukes against ISIS
The Washington Times

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday again refused to rule out using nuclear weapons in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, saying he will not be a “happy trigger” but that he wants to have an element of unpredictability.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Uranium season: 2nd group of isotope smugglers busted in Georgia in 10 days
RT News

Georgia’s security service says it has detained a group of five Georgian citizens, alleged to have been trying to sell radioactive Uranium for $3 million.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Iran nuclear deal fight threatens Senate spending bill
Reuters

A battle over implementation of the Iran nuclear deal erupted on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday as Democrats maneuvered to block a Republican amendment stopping the Obama administration from buying heavy water from Tehran's nuclear program.

OPINIONS

How to Defend Against Russia and China: Missiles, Missiles, and More Missiles
Fortune

If the House gets its way, the Pentagon will receive millions of extra dollars to develop and deploy a range of new long-range missile (and anti-missile) technologies on land and at sea, aiming to counter what HASC clearly sees as a growing threat to U.S. military superiority.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Clinton Overstates Nuclear Achievement
FactCheck.org

Hillary Clinton overstates the impact of a 2011 nuclear agreement with Russia in a TV ad that says she was responsible for “securing a massive reduction in nuclear weapons.”

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Nuclear Policy News – April 27, 2016

Nuclear Policy News – April 27, 2016

TOP NEWS

Strong sign of North Korean nuclear test as regime calls 6 May party congress
The Guardian

U.S. warns of 'other' options if North Korea continues nuclear, missile tests
Reuters

China Successfully Tests Hypersonic Missile
The Washington Free Beacon

The Lessons of Chernobyl May Be Different Than We Thought
VICE News, Ryan Faith

Donald Trump stirs nuclear weapons interest in South Korea, Japan
The Washington Times

EAST ASIA

Strong sign of North Korean nuclear test as regime calls 6 May party congress
The Guardian

North Korea has announced its ruling Workers’ party congress will take place on 6 May – a landmark event that analysts suggest will be preceded by another banned nuclear test.

U.S. scholar says N.K. may conduct nuke test before May party congress
Yonhap News

Victor Cha, senior North Korea analyst at the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, stated North Korea could conduct another nuclear test before a key party congress early next month, to show off its "full nuclear weapon status" and bolster its leader Kim Jong-un's legitimacy.

North Korea Warns Of ‘Nuclear Disaster’ In US As Pyongyang Sets Date For Congress Meeting
The International Business Times

North Korea threatened Wednesday to conduct a nuclear attack against the U.S. unless the latter changed its hostile policy, according to Rodong Sinmun, a mouthpiece for the ruling Workers’ Party.

China Successfully Tests Hypersonic Missile
The Washington Free Beacon

China successfully flight tested its new high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, days after Russia carried out its own hypersonic glider test, according to Pentagon officials.

Donald Trump stirs nuclear weapons interest in South Korea, Japan
The Washington Times

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump stunned U.S. military officials and the defense policy establishment with his suggestion this month that the U.S. should stop trying to prevent its allies South Korea and Japan from obtaining nuclear weapons.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

The North Atlantic Council visits French Nuclear Strategic Force
NATO

The visit stresses the essential contribution that France’s conventional and nuclear forces bring to the security and defence of the Alliance’s territory and population. The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described it as a clear demonstration of the credibility of France’s strategic nuclear forces.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

U.S. warns of 'other' options if North Korea continues nuclear, missile tests
Reuters

The United States warned on Tuesday it would consider "other" options, which could include new sanctions or security steps, if North Korea continued nuclear and ballistic missile testing.

OPINIONS

North Korea’s New Nuclear Sub Is Wickedly Unsafe
The Daily Beast, David Axe

North Korea’s new sea-launched, nuclear-capable ballistic missile and the submarine that fires it are both technologically backward, unreliable, and wickedly unsafe for the unfortunate souls tasked with operating them.

SPECIAL INTEREST

The Lessons of Chernobyl May Be Different Than We Thought
VICE News, Ryan Faith

So while for some, the ultimate lesson of Chernobyl may be that we should run screaming from nuclear power, there may be a more nuanced takeaway — that we should run screaming unless we can idiot- and freak-accident-proof nuclear power. We figured out how to split the atom, so maybe we can figure out how to do that too.

 

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Thursday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

US Nuclear Stockpile Numbers Published Enroute To Hiroshima
Federation of American Scientists, Hans M. Kristensen

US nuclear weapons are still controlled by floppy disks, report finds
The Independent

The North Korea Threat: America’s Limited Options
The National Interest, Kyle Churchman

China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US
The Guardian

A nuclear nightmare
The Economist

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