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Nuclear Policy News - August 31, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 31, 2017

TOP NEWS

US nuclear bombers, Japan and South Korea fighter jets stage show of force days after Pyongyang launched missile
The Straits Times

U.S. pressure or not, U.N. nuclear watchdog sees no need to check Iran military sites
Reuters

U.S. Test Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile
The New York Times

After Missile Tests, North and South Korea Wage War of Pictures
The New York Times

EAST ASIA

US nuclear bombers, Japan and South Korea fighter jets stage show of force days after Pyongyang launched missile
The Straits Times
Japanese and South Korean fighter jets conducted separate drills with US nuclear-capable bombers and F-35 stealth fighters in skies south of the Korean peninsula, two days after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan.

Japan Defense Ministry Seeks missile interceptors in budget
The Washington Post
Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget to add missile interceptors and other equipment to defend the country from more North Korean weapons launches.

US lines up North Korea expert as ambassador to Seoul
The Guardian
An academic expert on North Korea is reported to be Donald Trump’s pick for US ambassador to Seoul in what could be a sign the White House believes further pressure on China is the best diplomatic route to prevent a nuclear conflagration in the region.

MIDDLE EAST

U.S. pressure or not, U.N. nuclear watchdog sees no need to check Iran military sites
Reuters
The United States is pushing U.N. nuclear inspectors to check military sites in Iran to verify it is not breaching its nuclear deal with world powers. But for this to happen, inspectors must believe such checks are necessary and so far they do not, officials say.

France sees talks on post-Iran nuclear deal, ballistic missile use
Reuters
France suggested on Wednesday that the nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in 2015 could be supplemented through “future consultations” to include the post-2025 period and tackle Iran’s development of ballistic missiles.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia Opposes Hitting North Korea With More Sanctions, Military Action
Radio Free Europe
In a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the United States to refrain from military action or pursuing further sanctions in the wake of North Korea's launch this week of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead over Japan's island of Hokkaido, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Theresa May arrives in Japan to allay Brexit fears and show solidarity against North nuclear threat
Japan Times
On Theresa May’s first official visit to Japan starting Wednesday, the British prime minister is expected to provide words of encouragement to dispel investors’ doubts about headwinds caused by Brexit and condemnation against North Korea’s missile launches and nuclear tests.

SOUTH ASIA

What China Learned About India at Doklam
The Diplomat
The months-long border standoff between China and India on the Doklam plateau, an obscure patch of disputed land near Bhutan in the Himalayas, came to a sudden close in the final days of August – days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Xiamen BRICS nations summit.

Pakistan National Assembly condemns Trump’s ‘hostile’ comments
Reuters
Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusations that Islamabad was prolonging the war in Afghanistan, denouncing them as “hostile” and “threatening”.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

U.S. Test Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile
The New York Times
The United States conducted a missile-defense test on Wednesday off the coast of Hawaii and intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile, just days after North Korea’s bold missile test over Japan.

Lockheed will not protest U.S. decision on ICBM replacement contract
Reuters
Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it would not protest the U.S. Air Force’s decision to eliminate the weapons maker from competition for a contract to replace the aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

The Quite Rational Basis for North Korea’s Japan Overfly
The Atlantic, Ankit Panda
Every North Korean ballistic missile test is provocative and illegal. The overfly was certainly both, but for North Korea, it was about far more than theatrical provocation.

Trump’s Next Self-Inflicted Crisis Is a Nuclear Iran
Foreign Policy, Jeffrey Lewis
Oct. 15, 2017. Put it in your calendar. By that date, President Donald Trump must yet again certify that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

SPECIAL INTEREST

After Missile Tests, North and South Korea Wage War of Pictures
The New York Times
Tit-for-tat tension on the Korean Peninsula is often described as “a war of words,” but just as frequently it is a war of pictures, too.

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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