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Nuclear Policy News - August 29, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 29, 2017

TOP NEWS

In a 1st, NKorea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test
Associated Press

North Korea’s latest launch designed to cause maximum mayhem, minimal blowback
Washington Post

France's Macron says no alternative to Iran nuclear deal
Reuters

Want to Avoid Nuclear War? Reject Mutual Vulnerability with North Korea
Vince Manzo and John Warden, War on the Rocks

How It Works: Detecting a North Korean Missile Strike on Guam
Center for Strategic and International Studies

EAST ASIA

In a 1st, NKorea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test
Associated Press
In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said.

North Korea’s latest launch designed to cause maximum mayhem, minimal blowback
Washington Post
North Korea’s latest missile launch seemed, as Stephan Haggard of the University of California at San Diego described it, “perfectly calibrated to create political mischief.”

North Korea’s Missile Over Japan Bolsters Abe’s Quest for Stronger Defense
Bloomberg Politics
Kim Jong Un might have done Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a little favor.

MIDDLE EAST

France's Macron says no alternative to Iran nuclear deal
Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said there was no alternative to the 2015 deal struck between Iran and a group of world powers aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear program.

Iran rejects U.S. demand for U.N. inspector visit to military sites
Reuters
Iran has dismissed a U.S. demand for U.N. nuclear inspectors to visit its military bases as “merely a dream” as Washington reviews a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers, including the United States.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russian Navy gets go-ahead for design of new nuclear-powered destroyers
Asia Times
The Independent Barents Observer reports that Russia’s Navy has been given the go-ahead for the design of a new generation of nuclear-powered destroyers.

SOUTH ASIA

Indian nuclear expansion can lead to ‘deterrence failure’
The Express Tribune
Dr Mansoor Ahmed said that India was aiming to become a major nuclear player in the world and was thus exponentially expanding its nuclear and delivery capabilities.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

New LRSO Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missile vs High-Tech Air Defenses
Scout Warrior
US Air Force weapons developers believe the emerging nuclear-armed Long Range Stand-Off weapon will enable strike forces to attack deep within enemy territory and help overcome high-tech challenges posed by emerging adversary air defenses.

B61-12 Continues to Meet Qualification Test Schedule
NNSA News
The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and U.S. Air Force completed two qualification flight tests of B61-12 gravity bombs August 8 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL

Supporting Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Ghana Converts Research Reactor from HEU to LEU Fuel
IAEA News
Ghana has successfully completed the conversion of its only research reactor from the use of high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel, in an international project supported by the IAEA to help decrease the proliferation risks associated with HEU fuel.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

Want to Avoid Nuclear War? Reject Mutual Vulnerability with North Korea
Vince Manzo and John Warden, War on the Rocks
By rejecting vulnerability to a North Korean nuclear strike and improving damage limitation capabilities, the United States and its allies can challenge North Korea’s theory of coercive nuclear escalation, inducing caution in both crisis and conflict.

The North Korean Threat Beyond ICBMs
Graham Allison, The Atlantic
There is another, even more likely way that a North Korean nuclear weapon could explode in a U.S. city: Kim could sell one to terrorists.

How Russia Can Help the United States Defuse the Korean Crisis
Georgy Toloraya, 38 North
Russian politicians and experts alike are bewildered by how the leaders of both the United States and North Korea have allowed incendiary and irresponsible rhetoric after North Korea’s ICBM tests in July[1] to put both countries on a path toward conflict.

Analysis: Is North Korea winning deterrence war with US?
Associated Press
Conventional wisdom says that if North Korea were ever to use its nuclear weapons, it would be an act of suicide. But brace yourself for what deterrence experts call the "theory of victory."

How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal
John Bolton, National Review
Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity.

SPECIAL INTEREST

How It Works: Detecting a North Korean Missile Strike on Guam
Center for Strategic and International Studies
In early August, North Korea threatened to launch four ballistic missiles towards Guam, targeting waters less than 30 kilometers off the island’s coast. How and when would U.S. missile defense forces respond if an attack like this were to take place?

The Nuclear Triad: Submarines
Department of Defense News Videos
Ohio-class nuclear submarines are the most survivable leg of the nuclear triad.

Worried About Nuclear War? Here’s How to Buy Yourself an Underground Shelter
The Washingtonian
One shelter manufacturer says 50 percent of his business comes from the Washington 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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