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Nuclear Policy News - August 22, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 22, 2017

TOP NEWS

Countering North Korean threat is Trump’s ‘top priority’, envoy says
Reuters

Iran Says Only 5 Days Needed to Ramp up Uranium Enrichment
U.S. News and World Report

Pentagon narrows competition for the next big U.S. nuclear missile deterrent
The Washington Post

EAST ASIA

Countering North Korean threat is Trump’s ‘top priority’, envoy says
Reuters
President Donald Trump's top priority is to protect the United States and its allies against the "growing threat" from North Korea, and America is ready to use "the full range of capabilities at our disposal," a U.S. envoy said on Tuesday.

This Missile Could Reach California. But Can North Korea Use It With a Nuclear Weapon?
The New York Times
North Korea is speeding toward a goal it has sought for decades: the ability to hit a major American city with a nuclear weapon.

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension
BBC News
The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise.

South Korea Faces an Uncomfortable Reality: A Nuclear Neighbor
The New York Times
As the United States debates the wisdom of military action against North Korea, its allies in South Korea have largely moved on and reached an uncomfortable conclusion — that they may have no choice but to live with a nuclear-armed neighbor.

MIDDLE EAST

Iran Says Only 5 Days Needed to Ramp up Uranium Enrichment
U.S. News and World Report
Iran's atomic chief warned Tuesday the Islamic Republic needs only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could be used for a nuclear weapon.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Pentagon narrows competition for the next big U.S. nuclear missile deterrent
The Washington Post
A high-stakes competition to rebuild a critical component of America’s aging nuclear arsenal was narrowed down to two companies on Monday, as the Air Force awarded Boeing and Northrop Grumman the next phase of a contract to replace the Minuteman ground-based inter-continental ballistic missile.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

Can China Curb North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions?
Son Daekwon, The Diplomat
Trump appears to assume that China is able, but not willing, to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambition. Is that assumption right? Does China really have enough influence to rein in North Korea? In fact, Beijing’s leverage over Pyongyang is a lot more limited than he believes.

Cyberwar on Iran Won’t Work. Here’s Why.
John Glaser, Defense One
The Iran nuclear deal is increasingly at risk, with President Trump threatening to overrule his top national security advisers and defy the assessment of international monitors to declare Iran non-compliant with the agreement’s stipulations. The problem for the administration, however, is that no viable alternative is better than the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

SPECIAL INTEREST

How prepared are we for the impact of a nuclear war?
BBC
In the event of nuclear war, the British government has at its disposal at least one bunker hidden away in the very heart of London. It’s called Pindar. It shares its name with an ancient Greek poet – but the reference is chilling.

Friday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

North Korea Hits New Level of Brinksmanship in Reacting to Trump
New York Times

Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities
Reuters

US Urges All Nations to Stop the Spread of Nuclear Weapons
US News and World Report

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