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Nuclear Policy News - August 7, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – August 7, 2017

TOP NEWS

North Korea Could Lose $1 Billion in Exports Under U.N. Measure
The New York Times

Iranian president calls for EU support on nuclear deal
Politico

Russia ready for more engagement with US, despite sanctions
Military Times

EAST ASIA

North Korean missiles add urgency to Hiroshima A-bomb appeals
Military Times
Hiroshima’s appeal of “never again” on the 72nd anniversary Sunday of the world’s first atomic bomb attack has gained urgency as North Korea accelerates work on its nuclear weapons program, showing its growing prowess with increasingly frequent missile launches. 

Top U.S. general to discuss increased security cooperation with Japan, China and South Korea
Japan Times
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit Japan, China and South Korea in mid-August, U.S. government sources said on Friday. In talks with Japanese and South Korean officials, the top U.S. general will discuss ways to strengthen security cooperation amid increasing regional tensions following North Korea’s second test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 27.

Chinese FM says Seoul’s THAAD deployment decision throws cold water on ties
Yonhap
China's top diplomat expressed regret Sunday about South Korea's decision last month to install additional launchers of the U.S. missile shield system, saying it threw cold water on relations between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks during a bilateral meeting with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on the sidelines of a string of meetings hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila.

On 72nd A-bomb anniversary, Hiroshima highlights Japan’s refusal to join U.N. nuke ban
Japan Times
Hiroshima on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of its atomic bombing by the U.S., with Mayor Kazumi Matsui using the annual memorial ceremony to call on the central government to help make a treaty banning nuclear weapons a reality. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe avoided any mention of the U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty in his speech at the ceremony, saying that nuclear and non-nuclear states must work together to realize a ‘world without nuclear weapons.’

North Korea Could Lose $1 Billion in Exports Under U.N. Measure
The New York Times
The United States hit North Korea at the United Nations on Friday with a proposed set of unprecedented economic penalties, punctuated by a one-third cut in its export revenue, to punish the isolated country for its missile and nuclear tests.

MIDDLE EAST

Iranian president calls for EU support on nuclear deal
Politico
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the U.S. of violating the Iran nuclear deal and stressed the need to continue building cooperation with the European Union, while being sworn in for a second term Saturday. Iran will continue to carry out the agreement as long as others don’t violate it, he said, adding that full implementation requires the parties to facilitate economic, banking and business relations with Iran.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia ready for more engagement with US, despite sanctions
Military Times
Russia’s top diplomat said Sunday his country was ready for more engagement with the United States on North Korea, Syria, Ukraine and other pressing matters, even as Moscow braced for new sanctions from the Trump administration.

Russia-China exercises: Kremlin moves to calm Nordic-Baltic fears
Defense News
The Kremlin is using diplomatic channels to calm unease among leaders in Nordic and Baltic states in the wake of first-ever joint exercises by Russian and Chinese forces in the Baltic Sea. Putin has refuted suggestions that the Joint Sea exercises were further evidence of saber-rattling by Russia to pump up tension in the Nordic-Baltic region.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

A terrestrial strategy: Hill presses ground and space focus in missile defense review|
Defense News
Both the House and Senate place a heavy focus on the future direction and modernization of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System (GMD) but also turn some attention out of the terrestrial sphere and into space.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

How Green Energy Will Help Slow Nuclear Proliferation
Defense One, Selim C. Sazak
The move to renewable energy offers a potential strategic benefit that is largely unacknowledged: the ability to delineate between “good” and “bad” nuclear actors in a way that we simply can’t today. In a world of cost-effective renewables, countries will be less able to pursue ambiguously dual-use nuclear progress under the banner of electricity generation and will be more easily enticed to relinquish more dangerous ambitions.

The Putin-Trump relationship: Nothing more than smoke and mirrors
Defense News, Jill Aitoro
In an Aug. 3 tweet, President Donald Trump had this to say: “Our relations with Russia are at a historic low, and very dangerous.”But is it? Or is it actually no different than it’s ever been, except that the current administration implied for a brief period of time we might see the relationship repaired?

U.S. Troops Train in Eastern Europe to Echoes of the Cold War
The New York Times, Eric Schmitt
After more than a decade spent fighting Islamic insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States Army is scrambling to relearn Cold War-era skills to confront potential threats from Russia here in Eastern Europe, territory formerly defended by the Soviet Army.

Life after the bomb: exploring the psychogeography of Hiroshima
The Guardian, Becky Alexis-Martin
Hiroshima is flourishing. It has a population surpassing 1.19 million, a burgeoning gourmet scene, towering luxury shopping centres, and a trendy night life. It is a city of vibrant green boulevards and open spaces, entangled by the braided tributaries of the Ōta River. However it is also a city of memorialisation. Over 75 monuments, large and small, sprout like delicate mushrooms in parks and on sidewalks, scattered across the city as if by the wind.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Can Trump’s National Security Council Handle a Real Crisis?
Defense One
It’s hard to believe, but this administration has not experienced a genuine national-security crisis in more than six months in office. Yes, missile tests in North Korea and a boiling regional spat in the Middle East are spiking blood pressure across DC, but the most nightmare-inducing risks have originated in the president’s own social-media rhetoric, not the crises themselves.

Preparing for a Nuclear Attack (Seriously)
NPR
Get inside. Stay inside. Stay tuned. That's the advice some cities and counties encourage as threats of nuclear attack from North Korea seem to grow more real.

 

Monday's Top Nuclear Policy News

PACOM chief Harris arrives in South Korea as North likens joint war game to ‘pouring gasoline on fire’
Japan Times

Iran: Top priority to protect nuclear deal from US
Al Jazeera

Talk of ‘Preventative War’ rises in White House over North Korea
New York Times

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