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Nuclear Policy News - August 24, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 24, 2017

TOP NEWS

Chinese entrepreneur aided North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, U.S. lawsuit says
Washington Post

US ambassador meets atomic energy head on Iran nuclear issue
Associated Press

Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on mission near South Korea, Japan
Reuters

Here's How North Korea Could Accidentally Trigger A Volcanic Supereruption
Forbes

EAST ASIA

Chinese entrepreneur aided North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, U.S. lawsuit says
Washington Post
Chi Yupeng, a 48-year-old Chinese accountant, controls a network of companies that in recent years imported $700 million of North Korean coal, according to a lawsuit in the United States.

S. Korea to continue efforts to reconcile with N. Korea
Yonhap News
South Korea will continue efforts to reset ties with Pyongyang by restoring dialogue channels and providing humanitarian assistance despite heightening tensions over its weapons programs, its top North Korea policymaker said Wednesday.

South Koreans want their own nuclear weapons but doing so risks triggering a wider war
CNBC
North Korea has nuclear weapons — and a majority of South Koreans support getting them too, but the consequences of doing so could be far reaching.

Kim Jong Un Shows Little Interest in Diplomacy
VOA News
The prospect of reaching any diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear threat remains unclear as its leader Kim Jong Un has shown little willingness to compromise with adversaries in Washington or even to engage with allies in Beijing.

Civilian drills grow lax among South Koreans used to threats
Associated Press
Once or twice a year, activity on the streets of South Korea’s capital freezes as a wailing siren marks a nationwide drill aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack. Cars stop on roads. Pedestrians move into buildings and subway stations. Government buildings are evacuated.

MIDDLE EAST

US ambassador meets atomic energy head on Iran nuclear issue
Associated Press
The United States is determined to ensure the International Atomic Energy Agency has the resources it needs for “robust verification of nuclear-related activities in Iran,” the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday.

Amid Iran Nuclear Fears, Israel to Bolster its Fighter Jet Arsenal
The Jerusalem Post
Israel will take delivery of two more stealth F-35 “Adir” fighter jets by the end of the month, joining the five already undergoing tests at IAF bases.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia sends nuclear-capable bombers on mission near South Korea, Japan
Reuters
Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and South Korea to scramble jets to escort them, Russia said.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Iran nuclear agreement review procedures similar to Russian sanctions process
The Hill
For those who notice a similarity between the congressional review process enacted earlier this month for lifting sanctions against Russia and the procedures utilized in the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, congratulations: you have just earned your “deep-weeds, procedural wonkery” merit badge.

Senator seeks answers on LANL’s nuclear safety
Santa Fe New Mexican
A U.S. senator has asked the National Nuclear Security Administration to report to Congress by Thursday on the costs and safety of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s weapons production program and, in particular, the potential for critical accidents.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

I’m a nuclear weapons expert. Trump’s presidency is my personal nightmare.
Jeffrey Lewis, Washington Post
My greatest fear is a reality: A lunatic has gained control of nuclear-armed missiles that could reach halfway around the globe. And, to make matters worse, Kim Jong Un has them, too.

Trump’s Nuclear Crisis Was of His Own Making
Ned Price, Foreign Policy
For several days earlier this month, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. Or so the Trump administration wanted us to believe.

US misreads rhetoric for reality on North Korea
Michael Auslin, Nikkei Asian Review
The raging war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have quietened down, but the nuclear saber rattling between Washington and Pyongyang continues.

Why America Needs A Nuclear Air Launched Cruise Missile
Mark Gunzinger, Breaking Defense
The real alternative to foregoing fielding the LRSO would be the effective loss, in the long run, of the most flexible and stabilizing leg of the strategic triad.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Here's How North Korea Could Accidentally Trigger A Volcanic Supereruption
Forbes
Since North Korea is in the news a lot at the moment, it’s worth taking a look at the Hermit Kingdom’s sleeping dragon: a volcano named Mount Paektu.

The Secret Soviet Space Weapon Mistaken for a UFO
Popular Mechanics
During the late 1960s, a top secret Soviet program to sneak nuclear weapons around U.S. early warning radars was mistaken for a rash of UFO sightings by Moscow's citizens. The weapon, known as FOBS, created a mysterious pattern in the night sky that many mistook for signs of alien visitation.

Nuclear missiles were once ready to launch from Milwaukee's suburbs
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There was a time the threat of nuclear annihilation was so great warheads were ready to launch essentially from the backyards of Waukesha homes, and other locations ringing the Milwaukee area.

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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