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Nuclear Policy News - February 21, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – February 21, 2017

TOP NEWS

China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline
The Washington Post

The rising risk of showdown between Trump and Iran
BBC News

Republican bills counter Russia’s apparent violation of nuclear arms treaty
PBS Newshour

Is China Pushing Trump to Talk to North Korea?
The New York Times, Jane Perlez

EAST ASIA

China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline
The Washington Post
China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of U.N. sanctions.

China wields stick with North Korea, but is still pushing for talks
Reuters
With the suspension of all North Korean coal imports, China has wielded a big stick against its reclusive neighbor, but there is no sign it will cut off all critical links and Beijing is still promoting talks to solve the dispute over Pyongyang's program to develop nuclear weapons.

China says understands South Korean need for security, still opposes missiles
Reuters
China understands South Korea's need to protect its security but Seoul still needs to respect Beijing's concerns about the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his South Korean counterpart.

MIDDLE EAST

The rising risk of showdown between Trump and Iran
BBC News
Are the US and Iran heading for a new confrontation? After a turbulent first three weeks in which President Donald Trump described Iran as "the world's number one terrorist state" and put it "on notice", it is a question many are asking.

The UAE’s Nuclear Push
Foreign Affairs
The United Arab Emirates will soon be the first Arab state with a nuclear power program and the first to join the civilian nuclear club in more than a quarter of a century.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Republican bills counter Russia’s apparent violation of nuclear arms treaty
PBS Newshour
Republicans on Thursday introduced bills that would take steps to hold Russia in compliance with a nuclear arms treaty formed with the U.S. in 1987.

SOUTH ASIA

India, Pakistan extend pact on reducing risk of nuclear weapon-related mishaps
Hindustan Times
India and Pakistan on Monday extended their bilateral pact, dealing with reducing the risk of nuclear weapon-related accidents, for a period of five years.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Pence Says US to Hold Russia Accountable, Stand With NATO
The New York Times
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed as "obsolete."

OPINIONS

Is China Pushing Trump to Talk to North Korea?
The New York Times, Jane Perlez
For years, the United States and others have pressed China’s leaders to suspend imports of coal from North Korea to push the reclusive state to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Why Trump Needs to Deploy Missile Defenses to Counter North Korea and Iran
The National Interest, Dan Goure
The efforts by North Korea and Iran to develop ballistic missiles capable of targeting not only its regional adversaries but the U.S. homeland are intensifying.

Trump Must Stop Putin’s Cruise Missiles
Newsweek, Michaela Dodge
Almost right out of the gate, the Trump administration is facing its first arms control challenge from Moscow. Russia has reportedly deployed its new cruise missile in an apparent violation of the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), in effect since 1988.

Tuesday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS


North Korea tests rocket engine: U.S. officials
Reuters

Iran responds to US with ‘reciprocal sanctions’
Al-Monitor

Russia says U.S. anti-missile system to spark new arms race
Reuters

United States and Allies Protest U.N. Talks to Ban Nuclear Weapons
The New York Times

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