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Nuclear Policy News – February 2, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – February 2, 2017



N. Korea threatens catastrophe to follow joint South-U.S. drills in March

UK stresses key role of IAEA during Brexit Debate
World Nuclear News

As Mattis heads to Seoul, State clears $140 million in missiles for South Korea
Defense News


N. Korea threatens catastrophe to follow joint South-U.S. drills in March
The North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland stated, "It's needless to say what catastrophic outcome could result when such nuclear war rehearsals take place in front of us at a time our strategic status has changed."



Netanyahu: Iran missile test must not go unanswered
Israel's prime minister has accused Iran of carrying out a missile test in "flagrant violation" of a UN security council resolution. Benjamin Netanyahu said he would raise renewing sanctions when he meets US President Donald Trump in February.

Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test
A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated, “The American government will understand that threatening Iran is useless. Iran does not need permission from any country to defend itself." 



Russia, India developing lightweight BrahMos variant
IHS Janes
The BrahMos design is a co-operative programm led by India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPO Mash) in Russia. The original BrahMos missile is based on the Yakhont supersonic cruise missile, which is the export version of the Russian domestic P-800 (3M55) Oniks missile. While the original BrahMos retains much of the Russian missile's aerodynamic design and manufactured components, it uses a number of Indian-made onboard systems.



UK stresses key role of IAEA during Brexit Debate
World Nuclear News
The UK will seek an alternative agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if it fails to negotiate "some sort of relationship" with the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) during Brexit negotiations.



As Mattis heads to Seoul, State clears $140 million in missiles for South Korea
Defense News
The sales are divided into two lots, each worth an estimated $70 million. The first lot covers 60 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II All-up-Round Missiles and six AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance Units, containers, spares and missile support; the second lot covers 89 AGM-65G-2 Maverick missiles, missile containers and other related elements of support. 

Trump adopts aggressive posture toward Iran after missile launch
Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn said that instead of being thankful to the United States for the nuclear deal, "Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice," he told reporters in his first appearance in the White House press briefing room.

Defense Secretary Mattis: Only North Korea Need Fear Missile Defense
On Thursday afternoon, Mattis met with acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn in Seoul and reiterated the strength of the US-South Korean alliance. "There is no other nation that needs to be concerned about THAAD other than North Korea if they're engaged in something that's offensive," Mattis said.



Assessing US Policy Options Towards North Korea
Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations
Scott Snyder and Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt from the American Enterprise Institute testified before the Senate foreign relations committee on policy toward North Korea. Scott Snyder’s opening statements argue that the window of opportunity to achieve North Korea’s peaceful denuclearization may have closed.


A Secret Army Base Buried Deep In Arctic Ice Could Rise Again
More than half a century ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carved a secret Cold War missile base at Camp Century, beneath more than 20 feet of an ice sheet in northwestern Greenland. The project was abandoned after less than a decade, including entire buildings, a railroad, sewage, toxic and even some radioactive waste. The idea was that perpetual snow would permanently entomb all of it, but now NASA and others say current trends could instead bring the base to the surface and let loose some of that toxic waste into the environment even sooner.


In case you missed yesterday’s event on “The Future of Alliances and Extended Nuclear Deterrence” you can watch both panel discussions here:


Panel 1: Nuclear Deterrence and the NATO Alliance: Risks of Conflict and Prospects for Cooperation

Featuring: Rebecca Hersman (Moderator), Alexander Vershbow, Frank Miller, Iain King CBE, and Kathleen Hicks


Panel 2: Nuclear Deterrence and the Asia-Pacific Alliances: Sustaining the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella in the face of rising challenges

Featuring: Elaine Bunn (Moderator), Michael Schiffer, Tetsuo Kotani, and Andrew Shearer

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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