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Nuclear Policy News - July 14, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – July 14, 2017

TOP NEWS

North Korea’s Yongbyon Facility: Probable Production of Additional Plutonium for Nuclear Weapons
38 North

North Korea says to take "corresponding measures" if U.N. adopts sanctions
Reuters

Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement
Washington Post

Without the Iran nuclear agreement, the world would be in supreme danger
Boris Johnson, Washington Post

EAST ASIA

U.S. prepares new sanctions on Chinese firms over North Korea ties – officials
Reuters
Frustrated that China has not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration could impose new sanctions on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang within weeks, two senior U.S. officials said.

North Korea’s Yongbyon Facility: Probable Production of Additional Plutonium for Nuclear Weapons
38 North
There have apparently been at least two unreported reprocessing campaigns to produce an undetermined amount of plutonium that can further increase North Korea’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

North Korea says to take "corresponding measures" if U.N. adopts sanctions
Reuters
North Korea said on Friday it will take "corresponding measures" if the U.N. Security Council adopts another sanctions resolution in response to the North's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week.

N. Korea likely developing more accurate close-range ballistic missiles: report
Yonhap News
North Korea is likely developing close-range ballistic missiles with increased accuracy, range and lethality, a U.S. military intelligence report showed Thursday.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons advancements under the 3 Kims
Associated Press
After North Korea’s first test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week, the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has moved one step closer to perfecting a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, a weapons program launched by his grandfather and nurtured by his father.

MIDDLE EAST

Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement
Washington Post
The Trump administration, delaying an anticipated confrontation with Iran until the completion of a long-awaited policy review, plans to recertify Tehran’s compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal, according to U.S. and foreign officials.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

NATO, Moscow Squabble Over Russian War Games Near Alliance Borders
Wall Street Journal
Ambassadors to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization squared off with Russian diplomats in Brussels on Thursday over Moscow’s planned military exercises near the Western bloc’s borders.

SOUTH ASIA

Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China?
Deutsche Welle
A recent report by two top American experts that India's nuclear strategy is targeting China has drawn mixed responses from Indian experts and academics who maintain there is no cause for alarm about the country's nuclear position despite the changing geopolitical situation.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

US nuclear agency sets expectations for Los Alamos contract
Associated Press
The U.S. agency responsible for overseeing the nation’s nuclear weapons cache is laying out the qualifications that will be required from the next manager of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

Without the Iran nuclear agreement, the world would be in supreme danger
Boris Johnson, Washington Post
In the troubled landscape of the Middle East, success is measured by the crises we avoid. The JCPOA has neutralized the supreme danger of a nuclear-armed Iran for at least a decade. That’s one less threat to worry about.

West Can Neither Live with nor Take Out North Korean Nukes
Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
We are nearing an existential showdown, as failed efforts at bribery and appeasement have run their course. Only a tough, messy confrontation now can prevent a disastrous war later on.

SPECIAL INTEREST

The US-Russian teamwork that kept nuclear weapons safe
Siegfried Hecker and Paul White, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
“Nuclear weapons stink when taken apart,” a Russian nuclear weapons engineer told his audience. The year was 2000, and he spoke to a group of Russian and American experts who were attending a workshop in Sarov, the Russian Los Alamos, on how to safely dismantle nuclear weapons.

Tuesday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

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

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’
Politico

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