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Nuclear Policy News – February 27, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – February 27, 2017

 

TOP NEWS

Lotte approves land swap plan for THAAD deployment
Yonhap

Iran confirms successful marine cruise missile launch
Tehran Times

Russia’s Nuclear Missile ‘Death Train’ Arriving in 2019
The National Interest

State Dept. halts plan for back-channel US-North Korea talks
The Hill


EAST ASIA

Lotte approves land swap plan for THAAD deployment
Yonhap
South Korea's Lotte Group approved a planned land swap with the military on Monday, paving the way for the installation of an advanced U.S. missile defense system between May and July as scheduled, the defense ministry said.

China say North Korea’s nuclear plan is a problem between U.S. and North Korea
Reuters
"We have said many times already that the crux of the North Korean nuclear issue is the problem between the United States and North Korea," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.

North Korea evades sanctions with network of overseas companies: U.N. report
Reuters
North Korea is evading international sanctions with a sophisticated network of overseas companies, enabled partly by its continued access to the international banking system.



MIDDLE EAST

Iran confirms successful marine cruise missile launch
Tehran Times
The newest marine missile cruise, dubbed ‘Nasir’, was launched and hit the target successfully during the massive military drill in the country’s southern waters.

Iran’s enriched uranium stock halves after flirting with limit: IAEA
Reuters
Iran's official stock of enriched uranium has fallen by half after large amounts stuck in pipes have been re-categorized as unrecoverable under a process agreed with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday.




RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia’s Nuclear Missile ‘Death Train’ Arriving in 2019
The National Interest
The Barguzin “railroad combat complex,” or BZhRK, will be armed with six RS-24 Yars ICBMs, a fifty-five-ton missile that reportedly carries up to ten nuclear warheads, and is already deployed in fixed silos and mobile truck-mounted launchers. There will be five railroad missile regiments, each consisting of one train and six ballistic missiles. 



SOUTH ASIA

Indian Armed Forces Conduct Month Long Exercises
The Times of India
The exercise, TROPEX 2017, started on January 24 and concluded on February 23. The Indian Navy saw participation of its strategic assets including nuclear-powered submarine and aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, besides Su-30 and Jaguar fighter jets of IAF. Aim of exercise was to test the combat readiness of the forces to deal with any possible threat.

India in elite club of countries with Ballistic Missile Shield
The Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced the arrival of India into the elite club of countries possessing the prowess of shooting down an incoming ballistic missile as he congratulated the defense scientists for the successful trial of the ballistic missile defense system.



U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

State Dept. halts plan for back-channel US-North Korea talks
The Hill
Talks between former U.S. officials and North Korean representatives were scrapped Friday after the State Department denied a visa for the country’s envoy. The unofficial meeting between the two countries, which was set to take place in New York City in March, would have been the first such talks between the two countries on U.S. soil in more than five years.

Army Ground-Launched Missile hits 500km by 2027
Scout
The new weapon is designed to replace the Army’s current aging 1980’s era MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System. A key aspect of the strategic impetus for the long-range LRPF weapon is to allow ground units to attack from safer distances without themselves being vulnerable to enemy fire. LRPF missile will have a newer explosive warhead and guidance technology aimed at providing an all-weather, 24/7, precision surface-to-surface deep-strike capability.



OPINIONS

New ICBM Replacement Cost Revealed
Kingston Reif, Arms Control Association
The high end of an independent Pentagon cost estimate to design and build a replacement for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system put the project at roughly $100 billion after adjusting for inflation.

There’s a flaw in the homeland missile defense system. The Pentagon sees no need to fix it
David Willman,Los Angeles Times
A newly recognized deficiency threatens the performance of small thrusters attached to the interceptors. If a thruster malfunctioned, an interceptor could fly off-course and miss its target, with potentially disastrous consequences. 

Will China push Trump to talk to North Korea?
Katie Hunt, CNN
Beijing's point man on foreign policy, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, arrives Monday as tensions bristle with North Korea and its neighbors. Yang likely comes bearing a message for the Trump administration: It's time to talk with North Korea.

Farewell to an Arms Treaty
Stratfor
The precarious state of the INF Treaty adds urgency to questions about the potential consequences of its demise. Withdrawal by either Moscow or Washington would compel a rapid build-up of short- and medium-range missiles by both militaries, a surge of investment in missile defense, and a boost to U.S. capabilities in the Western Pacific.

Does the nuclear option make sense for Japan?
Jeff Kingston, Japan Times
Going nuclear won’t make Japan safer and won’t lighten the American security burden. A more viable alternative would be for Japan to focus on developing missile defense to make it operational at the earliest convenience, reinforce its Aegis destroyers component so as to have regular patrols for missile defense, and complement that with conventional striking capabilities to reduce the possibility of a first use.




SPECIAL INTEREST

What One Photo Tells Us About North Korea’s Nuclear Program
The New York Times
By using high-tech forensics and traditional detective work, analysts and intelligence agencies can use photos to track North Korea’s internal politics and expanding weapons programs with stunning granularity.

 

 

Friday's Top Nuclear Policy News


TOP NEWS

Push for UN Sanctions on North Korea Hung Up on Definition of an ICBM
Bloomberg

Russia calls new U.S. sanctions against Iran unfounded: RIA
Reuters

Russia and US beginning strategic stability dialogue—diplomat
TASS

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