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Nuclear Policy News - August 23, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 23, 2017

TOP NEWS

China demands U.S. immediately withdraw N. Korea sanctions, warns will hit ties
The Washington Post

U.S., North Korea clash at U.N. forum over nuclear weapons
Reuters

U.N. ambassador says Trump has not decided his next move on Iran nuclear deal
The Washington Post

What We Know About the U.S.’s New Nuclear Missile
Popular Mechanics

EAST ASIA

China demands U.S. immediately withdraw N. Korea sanctions, warns will hit ties
The Washington Post
The Treasury Department placed sanctions Tuesday on 10 companies and six individuals from China and Russia that it said had conducted business with North Korea in ways that advanced the country’s missile and nuclear weapons program.

U.S., North Korea clash at U.N. forum over nuclear weapons
Reuters
North Korea and the United States clashed at a U.N. forum on Tuesday over their military intentions towards one another, with Pyongyang's envoy declaring it would "never" put its nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table.

North Korea presses rocket program, but amid signs of drama easing
Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid a standoff with Washington, but there were signs of tension easing.

Tillerson Suggests North Korea May Soon Be Ready for Talks
The New York Times
In some of the most conciliatory remarks to North Korea made by the Trump administration, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson complimented the government in Pyongyang for going more than two weeks without shooting any missiles or blowing up any nuclear bombs.

MIDDLE EAST

U.N. ambassador says Trump has not decided his next move on Iran nuclear deal
The Washington Post
The Trump administration is not looking for a pretext to junk the international nuclear deal with Iran, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, despite the president’s sharp criticism of the agreement and reports that he has been reluctant to certify that Tehran is meeting its obligations.

U.S. asks if Iran military sites to be checked under nuclear deal
Reuters
The United States wants to know if the United Nations atomic watchdog plans to inspect Iranian military sites to verify Tehran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Tuesday.

IAEA Briefs U.S. Envoy On Iran Nuclear Deal
Radio Free Europe
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has met with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials for what she has described as a fact-finding mission as part of the U.S. administration's review of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Martin Schulz wants US nuclear weapons out of Germany
Politico
Martin Schulz, the leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), on Tuesday said that if he wins next month’s election he will ask the U.S. to withdraw its nuclear weapons from Germany.

Ukraine Rejects Claims It Supplied Rocket Engines To North Korea
Radio Free Europe
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council has rejected reports that Kyiv supplied missile technology to North Korea, saying that such claims amounted to Russian disinformation.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL

New App to Help Customs Officers Improve Radiation Detection for Nuclear Security
IAEA
A new smart phone application launched by the IAEA will help distinguish between alarms due to harmless amounts of naturally occurring radiation and alarms that might be a cause for concern from a security standpoint and warrant further investigation.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

Why the Russian Navy Is a More Capable Adversary Than It Appears
Michael Kofman and Jeffrey Edmonds, The National Interest
Russia still depends on the remnants of a blue-water navy inherited from the Soviet Union, but a new force is slowly rising to take its place both above and beneath the waves. This navy will be different, with a strategy of its own.

Japan’s response to North Korea
John Nilsson-Wright, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Kim Jong-un’s unbridled military aspirations, and Pyongyang’s desires to become a recognized nuclear power, risks provoking a spiraling arms race in Northeast Asia.

What We Know About the U.S.’s New Nuclear Missile
Popular Mechanics
The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts to Northrop Grumman and Boeing to build a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile. This new missile, called the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), will replace the 45 year old Minuteman III.

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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