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Nuclear Policy News – January 31, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – January 31, 2017



Sanctions experts likely to gather in Seoul to discuss N.K. nuke issue

Iran tested medium-range ballistic missile: U.S. official

France, Worried by Trump, Promises to Defend Iran Nuclear Deal
Voice of America


Defense chiefs of S. Korea, U.S. reaffirm THAAD deployment this year
Defense Minister Han Min-koo and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis talked over the phone to confirm that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system will be placed in South Korea this year as scheduled and the allies will maintain full readiness to counter any aggression by the North.

Sanctions experts likely to gather in Seoul to discuss N.K. nuke issue
The experts, dubbed "grim reapers" and known to belong to governments of seven or eight countries including the United States, are expected to exchange views on what options would be available in the case that the North carries out additional provocations.



Iran tested medium-range ballistic missile: U.S. official
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the test was carried out from a site near Semnan, east of Tehran. It was not immediately clear whether the test launch violated a United Nations Security Council resolution calling upon Iran not to carry out activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran: Missile tests not in violation of nuclear deal

Addressing reporters Javad Zarif said: "The missile issue is not part of the nuclear deal. "Reiterating Iran's traditional stance, Zarif said that his country's missiles are "not designed for the capability of carrying a nuclear warhead".

Yemen’s Houthis Attack Saudi Ship, Launch Ballistic Missile
The armed Houthi movement attacked a Saudi warship off the western coast of Yemen on Monday, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Separately, the Houthis said they launched a ballistic missile at a Saudi-led coalition military base on the Red Sea island of Zuqar between Yemen and Eritrea on Tuesday.  


Russian submarine construction set for progress in 2017
IHS Jane’s
Unconfirmed reports have suggested that the Russia's first Borey-A nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) has significant structural changes, including possibly 20 launch tubes for Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), four more than the first three Borey-class boats.

France, Worried by Trump, Promises to Defend Iran Nuclear Deal
Voice of America
Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is in Iran to reassure Tehran of France and Europe's support for the nuclear deal. "I'm coming as the defender of the accord, but to be vigilant and explain that they [the Iranians] must be irreproachable," Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters after landing in Tehran.



Pakistan steps up missile tests to counter India defense push
Financial Times
Islamabad last week conducted its first flight test of the surface-to-surface Ababeel missile, which has a range of 2,200km and which officials and analysts say marks a significant step forward in the country’s ability to target locations in India. The move followed Pakistan’s first ballistic missile launch from a submarine earlier this month.



UN to Hold Urgent Meeting on Iran Missile Test
Associated Press
The U.N. Security Council scheduled urgent consultations Tuesday on an Iranian ballistic missile test at the request of the United States.



Raytheon evaluates seeker options for Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST)
IHS Jane’s
Intended as an upgrade for existing Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles, the USN plans that the MST package will introduce an anti-ship seeker to enter service in fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022). The modernization is being planned in parallel with a forthcoming missile recertification program.



Facing the grave nuclear risk
Robert Monroe,The Washington Times
America must resume underground nuclear weapons testing as rapidly as possible. The lives of millions of Americans, and the continued existence of the United States, may depend upon it.

Terrorist Threats to Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons: A Clear and Present Danger
Sarid Farid Shapoo, Small Wars JournalThe unabated internal chaos coupled with a perpetual tension with its eastern neighbor, makes Pakistan a bit of a nuclear nightmare. Its willingness to use tactical nuclear weapons even against a limited conventional incursion by India further complicates the situation.  

China’s Happy to Sit Out the Nuclear Arms Race
Melissa Hanham, Foreign Policy
Why hasn’t Chinese leader Xi Jinping stripped off his shirt and flexed his strategic forces? Why not take to Twitter — or Weibo, at least — to brag about how long he can last in an arms race? Well, he doesn’t need to and he knows it. Decades of Chinese leaders have known it. The Chinese think about nuclear weapons in a fundamentally different way than their Western counterparts — one that could give China an edge in the contest to become the defining power of the 21st century.



The Future of Alliances and Extended Nuclear Deterrence
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 3:30-6:00pm at CSIS

A survey of the world today finds the nuclear landscape – from Russia, to North Korea, to India, Pakistan, and China – to be more uncertain and precarious than it has been any time since the end of the Cold War. Yet, even as nuclear dangers seem to be growing, there seems to be deepening discontent with the notion of nuclear deterrence. A growing chorus of voices questions the legitimacy of assurance and deterrence, fracturing what might have been thought at one point to be a consensus between allies. There also seems to be a growing skepticism about the benefits of the internationalist system on which deterrence, and especially extended deterrence, depends. We invite you to join us for a discussion on these issues facing the Trump administration.



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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