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Nuclear Policy News - August 30, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 30, 2017

TOP NEWS

Japan seeks new U.S. missile radar as North Korea threat grows
Reuters

Russia Fears New U.S. Nuclear Arms Make Bombing More Likely
Newsweek

Guterres urges all countries to join legally-binding treaty against nuclear tests
UN News Centre

Can the world live with a nuclear North Korea?
BBC, Jonathan Marcus

EAST ASIA

Japan seeks new U.S. missile radar as North Korea threat grows
Reuters
Japan is worried the United States has so far declined to arm it with a powerful new radar, arguing the decision makes the U.S. missile defense system it plans to install much less capable of countering a growing North Korean threat, three sources said.

Trump says ‘all options on the table’ after North Korea fires missile over Japan
CNN
US President Donald Trump has warned Pyongyang that "all options are on the table" after North Korea fired a missile over Japan early Tuesday.

N Korea accuses U.S. of driving peninsula to ‘extreme level of explosion’
Japan Today
North Korea accused the United States on Tuesday of driving the Korean peninsula towards "an extreme level of explosion" and declared that it was justified in responding with "tough counter-measures".

U.N. Condemns North Korea’s Latest Missile Tests, but Takes No Action
The New York Times
The United Nations Security Council condemned on Tuesday North Korea’s recent missile tests, including one that sent a ballistic missile soaring over Japan, as “outrageous actions.” But it gave no indication that it was prepared to take tougher measures against Pyongyang, which called the latest launch a “curtain-raiser.”

MIDDLE EAST

EU reiterates support for Iran nuclear deal
Tehran Times
Addressing the opening session of the 2017 EU Ambassadors Conference in Brussels on Monday, Federica Mogherini spoke in favor of the deal and said it represents “the European way to foreign policy.”

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia Fears New U.S. Nuclear Arms Make Bombing More Likely
Newsweek
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs fears updated, high-precision U.S. models of nuclear bombs will lower inhibitions to use nuclear weapons in combat, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass reported on Tuesday.

Weapons & War Analysis: Russian Military vs US & NATO
Scout Warrior
Current tensions between Russia and NATO are leading many to carefully assess this question and examine the current state of weaponry and technological sophistication of the Russian military -- with a mind to better understanding the extent of the kinds of threats they may pose.

SOUTH ASIA

India’s Air Force Interested in 36 More Rafale Fighter Jets from France
The Diplomat
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is interested in placing a follow-up order for 36 additional fourth-generation Dassault Rafale multirole fighter jets, according to Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) sources.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

This military base is training to shoot down a North Korean nuclear missile
CNN
Located in a desolate section of Alaska's wilderness 150 miles outside of Fairbanks, missile silos lie buried deep in the ground. Thirty-eight missiles, hidden under clamshell openings, point to the sky and sit ready for launch. An additional six missiles are slated to be in place at Fort Greely by the end of the year.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL

Guterres urges all countries to join legally-binding treaty against nuclear tests
UN News Centre
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all countries to sign and ratify a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.

IAEA Launches Low-Enriched-Uranium Bank in Eastern Kazakhstan
Radio Free Europe
A new reserve bank for low enriched uranium (LEU) designed to discourage new countries from enriching the nuclear fuel was inaugurated in eastern Kazakhstan on August 29 -- the UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

North Korea’s calculated chaos ought to make Trump think again on Iran
The Washington Post, Ishaan Tharoor
The strategic complexity of dealing with the nuclear-armed regime in Pyongyang ought to warn off Trump from sleepwalking into another potential geopolitical showdown.

Can the world live with a nuclear North Korea?
BBC, Jonathan Marcus
Launching a rocket over Japanese territory - with at least the possibility that it could break up and deposit debris on Japanese soil - shows that Pyongyang is intent on maintaining its brinkmanship - this was only the third missile test to over-fly Japan within the past two decades. However, this may perhaps be brinkmanship only to a point.

Backseat Driver: Moon Jae-in’s Struggle to Revive Inter-Korean Relations
38 North, John Delury
In contrast with his sure footing with the South Korean public, Moon has struggled to get his North Korea policy of engagement and reconciliation off the ground.

The Trump Administration’s Evolving Rhetoric on North Korea
The Atlantic, Krishnadev Calamur
Trump’s missives about North Korea can be classified into two broad categories: threats against the North for its actions and frustration at what he perceives to be China’s failure to pressure Pyongyang to change its behavior.

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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