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Nuclear Policy News - February 17, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – February 17, 2017

TOP NEWS

Top diplomats from S. Korea, US, Japan pledge to respond strongly to NK provocations
The Korea Herald

Iran’s Rouhani under fire as tensions with U.S. rise
The Washington Post

Australia to boycott global summit on treaty to ban nuclear weapons
The Guardian

Don’t count on China to rein in North Korea. Here’s why.
The Washington Post, Joseph Torigian

EAST ASIA

Top diplomats from S. Korea, US, Japan pledge to respond strongly to NK provocations
The Korea Herald
The top diplomats from South Korea, the United States and Japan condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch in the "strongest terms" Thursday, pledging to work together to respond strongly to provocations by Pyongyang.

MIDDLE EAST

Iran’s Rouhani under fire as tensions with U.S. rise
The Washington Post
A burgeoning crisis between Iran and the United States has threatened to undermine the pragmatic Rouhani, who was elected four years ago on promises to end the country’s isolation from the West. But now, amid new tensions with the Trump administration, Rouhani’s pro-dialogue approach is under attack.

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Australia to boycott global summit on treaty to ban nuclear weapons
The Guardian
Australia will boycott global negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the United Nations next month. The global summit, to be held in New York on 27 March, will go ahead with Australia out of the room.

IAEA and EU Strengthen Cooperation in Nuclear Activities
IAEA
The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency took steps to strengthen their cooperation in a range of nuclear activities including nuclear science applications during the fifth annual Senior Officials Meeting in Brussels this week.

OPINIONS

Don’t count on China to rein in North Korea. Here’s why.
The Washington Post, Joseph Torigian
On Jan. 2, then President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a promise that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would not be allowed to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with a nuclear bomb. In a second tweet, Trump complained that China “won’t help with North Korea.”

Iran’s missile tests: What exactly did they use, and what does it mean?
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Dina Esfandiary and Michael Elleman
On January 29, Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly reached a distance of about 1,000 kilometers. Little is known about the missile named “Khorramshahr,” including where its technology comes from and what it targets.

How Trump Can Win in Iran
Foreign Affairs, Tzvi Kahn
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has put Tehran “on notice.” Earlier this month, Washington imposed fresh sanctions on Iran in response to its latest ballistic missile test, which defied the UN Security Council resolution tied to the July 2015 nuclear agreement.

Why the World Really Should Fear North Korea’s Missiles
The National Interest, Brendan Thomas-Noone
The North Korean missile test over the weekend has emphasized the point President Obama reportedly made to President-elect Trump shortly after his electoral success: North Korea should be at the top of the new President’s to-do list. Obama’s policy of “strategic patience” had run its course.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Debate: European Missile Defenses for NATO
Project on Nuclear Issues, CSIS
Watch the video from the PONI-Ploughshares Fund debate on whether or not the U.S. should continue to expand European missile defenses for NATO.

Thursday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

Nuclear Tests Will ‘Never Stop,’ North Korean Government Official Says
CNN

Iran’s Military Fires New Cruise Missiles Amid Gulf Tensions With U.S.
Newsweek

White House Briefs Senate Amid Scary Moment with North Korea
Military Times

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