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Nuclear Policy News – February 13, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – February 13, 2017



North Korea Claim Successful Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile Launch
The Wall Street Journal

Japan, US condemn North Korea Missile Launch Over the Sea of Japan
Fox News

Indian Navy II-38SD MPS successfully fires KH-35 anti-ship missile
IHS Janes 360

U.N. Secretary General condemns weekend North Korean ballistic missile launch


North Korea Claim Successful Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile Launch
The Wall Street Journal
North Korea called the missile a modified version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile it test-fired in August, and said Sunday’s launch “proved the reliability and security of the surface launched system.” The North Korean news service KCNA has announced that the launch was in fact of land-based version of the KN-11, which it calls the Pukguksong-2. 

Japan, US condemn North Korea Missile Launch Over the Sea of Japan
Fox News
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea's latest missile launch calling it, "absolutely intolerable." Abe read a brief statement in which he called on North Korea “to fully comply with relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.” He said Trump has assured him of U.S. support. 

China Blames US, South Korea for North Korea Missile Launch
The New York Times
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China opposed the launch, which violated U.N. Security Council resolutions that call for an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. "The root cause of the (North Korean) nuclear missile issue is its differences with the U.S. and South Korea," Geng told reporters at a regular briefing.

N.K. unveils footage of new ballistic missile launch (VIDEO)
The footage unveiled by the Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station showed that the missile was moved on one of the country's newly developed transport erector launchers (TEL) before being launched. The video also showed that the missile was launched at an almost vertical angle and changed direction while in flight.


Merkel denies ‘EU plan for nuclear weapons’
The Independent
The German government has been forced to deny it is interested in acquiring nuclear weapons amid calls for it to lead a European "nuclear superpower". "There are no plans for nuclear armament in Europe involving the federal government," a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.



Aziz sounds alarm of ‘nuclearization’ of Indian Ocean
Speaking at a conference, Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz listed the challenges to peace in the ocean as its militarization, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, increased missile capabilities and power projection by foreign militaries, in addition to piracy, illegal fishing, human, drugs and arms smuggling, maritime pollution and climate change.

Indian Navy II-38SD MPS successfully fires KH-35 anti-ship missile
IHS Janes 360
An Indian Navy (IN) Ilyushin Il-38SD maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has fired a Russian-built Kh-35 radar-guided anti-ship missile against a target ship in a demonstration of its long-range sea denial capability The successful 'maiden' operational firing was carried out in the Arabian Sea during the IN's "Theatre Readiness and Operational Exercise' (TROPEX) 2017.



U.S., Japan, South Korea request U.N. meeting on North Korea missile launch
The United States, Japan and South Korea requested urgent United Nations Security Council consultations on North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday, an official in the U.S. mission to the U.N. said. The official said in a statement that the United States anticipates a meeting to take place on Monday afternoon.

U.N. Secretary General condemns weekend North Korean ballistic missile launch
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday denounced North Korea's ballistic missile firing early on Sunday, calling it a "further troubling violation" of Security Council resolutions. "The DPRK leadership must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization," Guterres said in a statement.



Trump says U.S. behind Japan ‘100 percent’ after North Korean missile launch
U.S. President Donald Trump said late on Saturday that the United States stands fully behind Japan in the aftermath of North Korea's latest missile launch. "I just want everybody to understand, and fully know, that the United States of America is behind Japan, our great ally, 100 percent," Trump told reporters during a joint statement with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.



Dealing with North Korea
Joseph DeTrani,The Washington Times
We are at a tipping point with a North Korea that possesses nuclear weapons and is in the process of miniaturizing those weapons to fit on the tip of a missile delivery system. Eventually, with a flight tested ICBM, North Korea will be an existential nuclear threat to the U.S. We should never permit this to happen.

Belgium: The Next Missile Defense Superpower?
Michael Peck, The National Interest
Belgium has quietly made the decision to build frigates equipped with exoatmospheric interceptors that sound a lot like the U.S. Navy’s Aegis system. This would make Belgium—a country the size of Maryland—the first European nation to have the capability to destroy ballistic missiles in space.

North Korea is Trump’s Kobayashi Maru: Here Are 4 Approaches to the No-Win Nuke Test
Jon Wolfsthal, Foreign Policy
I grew up in New York, just like President Donald Trump did, so perhaps like me he became a Star Trek fan watching reruns on WPIX at 11 p.m. every weeknight. If so, hopefully he knows about the Kobayashi Maru — a test every Starfleet cadet takes to experience a no-win scenario. Frankly, I’m surprised Trump has not been forced to take the test already. While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been patient, this is unlikely to last for long.



Sustaining Alliances in the Face of Renewed Threats
Rebecca K.C. Hersman, Franklin C. Miller, and Shanelle Van, The Huffington Post
It should worry us that some see these ties as resting on uncertain ground as nuclear tensions escalate throughout Asia and along NATO’s periphery. It would behoove us to shore up these relationships, rather than take their strength for granted. We need only imagine the void that would be left by their absence to understand why the importance of the bonds amongst the P3 cannot be overstated.

Trilateral Dialogue on Nuclear Issues
CSIS Project on Nuclear Issues
The European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues, sponsored by CSIS in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), has convened senior nuclear policy experts from the United Kingdom, France, and the United States (P3) for the past eight years to discuss nuclear deterrence policy issues and to identify areas of consensus among the three countries. On February 9, 2017, CSIS released the consensus statement for the 2016 round of the European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues.


Debate: European Missile Defenses for NATO

Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:30pm-7:30pm

The current approach to European missile defenses emerged prior to the conclusion of the agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program (JCPOA) at a time when missile threats from beyond the European theater dominated the European Security landscape. Since that time, much has changed, including the Russian annexation of Crimea and finalization of the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran. This shifting security landscape has returned the spotlight to European missile defenses – but views on the way forward diverge sharply. While some call for expanded missile defenses to bolster assurances to NATO partners, others call for pausing the program before a new site is built in Poland as a means to deescalate tensions with Russia. Thomas Karako and Frank Rose will present arguments in favor of expanding U.S. missiles defenses for NATO, and Joseph Cirincione and Philip Coyle will argue against.

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