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Nuclear Policy News – February 1, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – February 1, 2017



NATO Shelves Plan to Meet with Ukraine
The Wall Street Journal

Trump’s defense chief heads to Asia, eying China, North Korea threat

Iran confirms new missile test, says it does not violate nuclear deal


China Steps up Opposition to US Missile Defense System
Voice of America
Recent revelations in the media about China’s deployment of DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles in the country’s northeast, near its border with the Korean peninsula, were in part a response to the possible deployment of THAAD.



Iran confirms new missile test, says it does not violate nuclear deal
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran would never use its ballistic missiles to attack another country. Some 220 Iranian members of parliament reaffirmed support for Tehran's missile program, calling international condemnation of the tests "illogical."



MEADS Team Submits Proposal for Polish Missile-Defense System
Defense News
The MEADS International proposal -- submitted at the request of the Polish government on Monday for its "Wisla" program -- officially puts Raytheon and Lockheed Martin back into a head-to-head competition to provide the country the air-and-missile defense solution it’s been pursuing for roughly four years.



NATO Shelves Plan to Meet with Ukraine
The Wall Street Journal
NATO had considered meeting with Ukraine to discuss the alliance’s missile-defense system. The decision not to meet with Ukraine comes as the alliance is at an awkward moment with Russia. NATO is beginning to build up its deterrent force on Russia's border —the first German forces set out Tuesday—but President Donald Trump has promised better relations with Russia.



‘The United States is not naïve’: Nikki Hayley slams Iran over ballistic missile tests
Business Insider
Nikki Hayley told reporters after the UN Security Council’s consultations on Iran that "The United States is not naïve…We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out, as we said we would, and you are also going to see us act accordingly."

Trump’s defense chief heads to Asia, eying China, North Korea threat
Today Secretary of Defense General James Mattis leaves the United States heading first to Seoul before continuing to Tokyo on February 3rd. Officials say the fact that Mattis is first heading to Asia- as opposed to visiting troops in Iraq or Afghanistan – is meant to reaffirm ties with two Asian allies as concerns mount over North Korea’s missile program and tensions with China.



Making America’s ICBMs Great Again
Adam Lowther, Defense One
In asking whether the United States should move to a diad, critics of the nuclear triad are both misreading Gen. Mattis and underappreciating the role ICBMs play in strategic stability. By questioning the utility of the triad, he is doing what good military leaders have always done: challenging assumptions. 

New Threat Realities and Deterrence Requirements
Keith Payne, National Institute for Public Policy
The world has become a much more dangerous place since the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and Western security policies and practices need to adjust to this new reality.

Japan: Go Nuclear Now
Anders Corr,Forbes
Japan needs nuclear weapons. Surrounded by authoritarian threats, including Russia, China, and China’s close ally, North Korea, Japan would make all democracies safer by protecting itself with a nuclear weapon. A stronger Japan will check China’s expansion and free U.S. military resources for deployment elsewhere.



Opinion Journal: Iran’s Ballistic Missile Ambitions (VIDEO)
Wall Street Journal
Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu on Tehran’s latest provocation.

The Nuclear Bunkers Designed for Luxury Living
BBC News
After the terrible events of 9/11, entrepreneur Larry Hall developed luxury “Survival Condos” that could withstand a nuclear bomb attack. These are luxury, nuclear-hardened bunkers that are engineered… to accommodate not just your physical protection but your mental wellbeing as well," he says.



The Future of Alliances and Extended Nuclear Deterrence
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 3:30-6:00pm at CSIS

A survey of the world today finds the nuclear landscape – from Russia, to North Korea, to India, Pakistan, and China – to be more uncertain and precarious than it has been any time since the end of the Cold War. Yet, even as nuclear dangers seem to be growing, there seems to be deepening discontent with the notion of nuclear deterrence. A growing chorus of voices questions the legitimacy of assurance and deterrence, fracturing what might have been thought at one point to be a consensus between allies. There also seems to be a growing skepticism about the benefits of the internationalist system on which deterrence, and especially extended deterrence, depends. We invite you to join us for a discussion on these issues facing the Trump administration.







Friday's Top Nuclear Policy News


Having nuclear weapons ‘matter of life and death’ for North Korea: RIA

Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation: Kerry

North Korea writes open letter to Parliament urging Australia to move away from Trump administration
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Russia’s Lavrov warns one-sided changes could sink Iran deal
Associated Press

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