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Nuclear Policy News - August 28, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 28, 2017

TOP NEWS

North Korea Used Multiple-Rocket Launchers to Test Missiles
The New York Times

Nuclear inspectors should have access to Iran military bases: Haley
Reuters

US Nuclear Weapons Center unveils new nuke weapons contracts
The Washington Post

How North Korea Shocked the Nuclear Experts
Nicholas Miller and Vipin Narang, Politico

EAST ASIA

North Korea Used Multiple-Rocket Launchers to Test Missiles
The New York Times
North Korea used multiple-rocket launchers off its east coast on Saturday to fire three short-range missiles that could strike United States military bases deep in South Korea, officials in Seoul said.

Increased activity, new construction seen at N. Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear research site: IAEA
Yonhap News
North Korea is continuing to produce fissile material for its nuclear weapons at its main nuclear research site in Yongbyon and new construction is underway to readjust the facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in an annual report.

China says nuclear safety law ready to be passed
Reuters
A new nuclear safety law in China is ready to be passed, state media said on Monday, adding that the legislation will help prevent and deal with accidents and promote development of the industry.

Chinese People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force Flight Tests Older DF-4 ICBM
The Diplomat
On Wednesday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) carried out a flight test of a Dong Feng 4 (DF-4; known by the United States as the CSS-3) intercontinental-range ballistic missile, a U.S. government source with knowledge of China’s strategic weapons programs told The Diplomat.

MIDDLE EAST

Nuclear inspectors should have access to Iran military bases: Haley
Reuters
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Friday pressed the International Atomic Energy Agency to seek access to Iranian military bases to ensure that they are not concealing activities banned by the 2015 nuclear deal.

If Report Says Iran Is Abiding by Nuclear Deal, Will Trump Heed It?
The New York Times
Within days, international monitors will send an inspection report on Iran’s nuclear facilities to governments around the world, touching off a chain of events that could lead to another clash between President Trump and congressional Republicans, or even his own top advisers.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Space, nuclear security, polar bears: Russia and the U.S. still agree on some things
The Washington Post
Russia and the United States are so at odds right now — trading insults, sanctions and retaliatory moves on a regular basis — it might appear that the two nuclear superpowers have stopped cooperating altogether.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

US Nuclear Weapons Center unveils new nuke weapons contracts
The Washington Post
The U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center in Albuquerque has announced billions of dollars in nuclear weapons contracts aimed at modernizing the ground- and air-based legs of the country’s nuclear triad.

Trump Forges Ahead on Costly Nuclear Overhaul
The New York Times
During his speech last week about Afghanistan, President Trump slipped in a line that had little to do with fighting the Taliban: “Vast amounts” are being spent on “our nuclear arsenal and missile defense,” he said, as the administration builds up the military.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

How North Korea Shocked the Nuclear Experts
Nicholas Miller and Vipin Narang, Politico
For decades, the United States and international community have worked hard to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons; we’ve put in place a series of increasingly strong policies built on what we know, or what we think we know, about how countries manage to construct their own bombs.

Can Germany Be Europe’s Nuclear Bridge Builder?
Ulrich Kühn, Carnegie Europe
Nuclear weapons policies have reached the 2017 German federal election. In a last-ditch effort to narrow Chancellor Angela Merkel’s impressive lead in the polls, Martin Schulz, her contender from the Social Democrats, called on August 22 for the removal of the last remaining assets of U.S. extended deterrence from German soil—some estimated twenty B61 nuclear gravity bombs.

Parallel Crises
Michael Krepon, Arms Control Wonk
Crises are usually singular events, but on rare occasions they come in pairs. A third pairing might be in the offing. My intention here is not to further overload circuits. The U.S.- North Korean standoff will more than suffice, but I believe a heads-up is warranted.

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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