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Nuclear Policy News - July 12, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – July 12, 2017


Iran deal ‘does not belong to one country’: EU’s top diplomat

With Fraying U.S.-Russian Ties Comes Fraying Arms Control
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

How to Reason With a Nuclear Rogue
Foreign Policy, Jon Wolfsthal


‘North Korea could hit San Diego with ICBM within two years’, US monitoring group says
South China Morning Post
North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is “likely” to be able to deliver a 500kg warhead to San Diego within two years, a US monitoring group said on Tuesday, after its launch sparked global alarm last week. The isolated, nuclear-armed state’s first successful ICBM test was described by leader Kim Jong-un as a gift to “American bastards”.


Iran deal ‘does not belong to one country’: EU’s top diplomat
The European Union respects the United States' review of the 2015 deal with Iran but will make clear to Washington that it was an international accord endorsed by the United Nations, the EU's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday. "The nuclear deal doesn't belong to one country, it belongs to the international community," Federica Mogherini told a news conference alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "We have the responsibility to make sure that this continues to be implemented."

US-Europe divide broadens as Trump reviews Iran deal
Asia Times
European officials are expressing concern that Western banks and investors will stay away from Iran as the Trump administration reviews the nuclear deal reached with Iran. The Wall Street Journal reports that officials are concerned about the lack of clear timeline for review, which they understood would be over in July, but now appears set to drag on.


With Fraying U.S.-Russian Ties Comes Fraying Arms Control
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
The U.S. Congress is moving decisively to start dismantling some of the bedrock agreements of U.S.-Russian arms control, reflecting the dangerous state of relations between Washington and Moscow and raising the specter of a new arms race. In a series of measures attached to the proposed $696 billion defense budget for 2018, Republican-led lawmakers have taken aim at the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, as well as the Open Skies and New START treaties.

Patriot Missiles Deployed In NATO Exercises In Baltics
Associated Press
Lithuania's Defense Ministry says that long-range Patriot missiles are being deployed for the first time in NATO military exercises in the Baltic republics. The Tobruq Legacy 2017 drill, which began Tuesday, involves troops and air defense systems from five NATO countries, including Britain, the U.S., Latvia, and Poland.


US Army missile defense system destroys target in test
Defense News
The U.S. Army’s missile defense system capable of taking out targets in the last phase of flight intercepted a threat target on Tuesday in a Missile Defense Agency test out of Kodiak, Alaska, according to Lockheed Martin, the system’s manufacturer. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system at Pacific Spaceport Complex — Alaska “detected, tracked and intercepted” a threat target designed to represent an intermediate-range ballistic missile, a first for THAAD, according to a company statement.


Zapad: A Window into Russia’s Military Mind?
Real Clear Defense, Rachel Ansley
Russia’s large-scale military exercise to be conducted in September can provide critical insight for NATO allies seeking to improve their readiness posture against an increasingly revanchist Russia, according to an Estonian defense official.

How to Reason With a Nuclear Rogue
Foreign Policy, Jon Wolfsthal
I have written before about the terrible problem President Donald Trump and the United States inherited on North Korea. It is worse than the terrible problem President Barack Obama inherited from President George W. Bush, which was worse than the one Bush inherited from President Bill Clinton. There are no easy solutions to North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. As with China 50 years ago, the situation leaves only one real option: deterrence.

GOP senators want Tillerson to get tougher on Iran
Washington Post, Josh Rogin
Four leading GOP senators wrote to Tillerson on Tuesday about the Iran deal, which he is required by law to weigh in on every 90 days. In April, Tillerson disagreed with other Trump administration officials and decided to certify that Iran was in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and that sanctions relief was in the national security interest of the United States.

Why Is Russia Aiming Missiles at China?
The Diplomat, Guy Plopsky
Whereas the task of Iskander-M OTRKs being deployed in Russia’s Western MD is to hold U.S. and allied forces in the Baltics and Poland at risk, the systems stationed in the Eastern MD appear to primarily serve a different purpose: strengthening both Russia’s conventional and nuclear deterrence against China.

Nuclear Weapons: The Burden and the Dream for Peace
Huffington Post, Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
Nuclear weapons reveal about a challenging paradox about the current state of humanity. On the one hand, most officials and ordinary citizens denounce the unprecedented destructive capacity of nuclear warheads. On the other hand, it is difficult to find a nation that wouldn’t want to possess them, on the grounds of deterrence or intimidation. Only the future can reveal how dangerous this paradox is.

The Prime Minister’s Decision to Leave Euratom Shows She Is Willing To Put Ideology Above Jobs and Nuclear Safety
Huffington Post UK, Keir Starmer
Euratom has provided a framework that has allowed Britain to become a world leader in nuclear research and which has enabled the safe and stable supply of fissile materials. It also plays a role in our NHS, and the Royal College of Radiologists has expressed concern that cancer patients could face delays in treatments if the supply of radioactive isotopes, used in scans and treatments, is threatened. It’s increasingly clear that this was a reckless decision.

Tuesday's Top Nuclear Policy News


U.N. chief seeks to avoid war with North Korea, takes digs at Trump

Spain becomes fourth country to expel North Korean envoy over nuclear program
Washington Post

Trump lashes out at North Korea: ‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission’

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