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Nuclear Policy News – January 25, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – January 25, 2017

 

TOP NEWS

Congressman Lieu, Senator Markey Introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017
United States House of Representatives

Russia Makes Progress on Fielding New Fleet of Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarines
The Diplomat

S. Korea, Fiji agree to boost military cooperation
Yonhap

Iranians believe Trump will violate nuclear deal
Al-Monitor

EAST ASIA

S. Korea, Fiji agree to boost military cooperation
Yonhap
S. Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-koo asked Fiji to join international efforts to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear programs. Fiji expressed concerns about North Korea's nuclear programs in January last year, when the North conducted its fourth nuclear test. S. Korea and Fiji’s bilateral memorandum will pave the way for defense cooperation.

 

S. Korea to bolster detection capabilities against N. Korean WMDs
The Korea Times
The new systems include chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) reconnaissance vehicles, the towed array sonar system (TASS) designed to detect and track an enemy submarine, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, and upgraded versions of the new Ulsan-class frigate

 

China Announces Deployment of New Long Range Nuclear Missile
Real Clear Defense
The Dong Feng ("East Wind") -41 missile, or DF-41, can carry up to a dozen nuclear warheads and China claims it has the longest range of any nuclear missile in the world. 

 

S. Korea, France agree to collaborate in pressing N. Korea to discard nukes
Yonhap
The two sides agreed that the international community should strengthen its pressure on North Korea and strive for thorough implementation of anti-North sanctions in order to leave the communist country with no other option than discarding its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

 

MIDDLE EAST

Iranians believe Trump will violate nuclear deal
Al-Monitor
Of 1,000 Iranians polled from Dec. 10-24 last year, a month after Trump’s election, 77.5% were not confident that the United States would live up to its obligations under the JCPOA.

 

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia Makes Progress on Fielding New Fleet of Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarines
The Diplomat
The Russian Navy’s fleet of Project 885-M Yasen M-class nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarines is slowly but steadily starting to take shape with the fourth boat of the class, the Krasnoyarsk, recently completing crucial hydraulic tests of its pressure hull.

 

SOUTH ASIA

Ababeel to ‘neutralize India’s defense shield’
The Express Tribune
With the successful test of its Ababeel missile, Pakistan has effectively acquired the capability to launch a missile from land, air and sea and defeat India’s ballistic missile defense shield. Additionally, the upgrading of its missile program is meant to counter India’s Cold Start Doctrine that seeks swift military action before Pakistan reacts.

 

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

UN chief Guterres pledges commitment to achieving world free of nuclear weapons
UN News Centre
At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Guterres emphasized his commitment in abolishing all weapons of mass destruction and regulating conventional weapons.

 

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Congressman Lieu, Senator Markey Introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017
United States House of Representatives
The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.

 

OPINIONS

The North Korean Security Challenge
Peter Huessy,Real Clear Defense
To forestall further proliferation while promoting strategic stability and deterrence on the Korean peninsula the United States must deploy effective and robust missile defense, highly capable strategic bombers, and an extended modernized nuclear deterrent. Suggesting that simply more talk is the best initial means of protecting America is the wrong strategy.

 

Encouraging Japan to Go Nuclear Won’t Denuclearize North Korea
Daniel Bob,38 North
A nuclear-armed Japan would endanger American—and Japanese—security interests, while only reinforcing North Korea’s determination to keep its nuclear weapons as the key to its survival.

 

Can Trump Have This Iran Deal or No Iran Deal
Arthur MacMillan, Foreign Policy
The debate surrounding the Iran deal’s future under Trump, however, has largely ignored one salient fact: The nuclear agreement was never between Washington and Tehran. It involves five other major partners — Britain, China, France, Russia, and Germany — none of which are interested in renegotiating the “better deal” that Trump has said he can get. 

 

SPECIAL INTEREST

Of Biscuits and Football: The Peril of Presidents and the Nuclear Codes
The Hill
Presidents in a mournful procession of forgetfulness have misplaced the nuclear codes as well as their bag-carriers repeatedly. The Biscuit arrangement is testimony to how very clever planners miscalculated human nature from the start — how the architects of the largely unchanged system since Eisenhower failed to anticipate the high probability that presidents would misplace the all-important nuclear codes.

 

A New Video Shows Kim Jong Un Celebrating a North Korea Missile Launch (video)
TIME
DPRK’s state-run television KRT shows Kim Jong Un supervising the test launch of an intermediate-range Hwasong-10 missile, before saying that the country now has the capability to target U.S. interests in the Pacific

 

U.S., Russia: A History of Containment
Real Clear Defense
The containment strategy is likely to remain a key fixture of U.S. foreign policy in Eurasia under the Trump administration. 

Tuesday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

North Korea says it’s ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile
Defense News

U.N. Panel Releases Draft of Treaty to Ban Nuclear Arms
The New York Times

Iran targets Booz Allen, others with reciprocal sanctions
Defense News

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