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Nuclear Policy News – March 1, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – March 1, 2017

 

TOP NEWS

South Korea, U.S. begin large-scale annual drills amid North Korea tension

Reuters

India’s indigenous supersonic interceptor missile successfully test-fired

Hindustan Times

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief to discuss Iran deal with Trump officials

Reuters




EAST ASIA

South Korea, U.S. begin large-scale annual drills amid North Korea tension

Reuters

South Korean and U.S. troops began large-scale joint military exercise on Wednesday conducted annually to test their defense readiness against the threat from North Korea, which routinely characterizes the drills as preparation for war against it.

 

China, Russia to step up opposition to South Korean anti-missile system

Reuters

China and Russia have agreed to intensify their coordinated opposition to the deployment of a U.S. missile-defense system in South Korea. China and Russia worry that the system's powerful radar can penetrate their territory and undermine their security, disrupting a balance of power in the region while doing nothing to lower tension on the Korean peninsula.

 



SOUTH ASIA

 

India approves Army MR-SAM acquisition

IHS Jane’s 360
India's Cabinet Committee on Security, approved an INR170 billion (USD2.53 billion) joint development of a Medium Range Surface-to-Air missile (MR-SAM) system with Israel for the Indian Army.

 

India’s indigenous supersonic interceptor missile successfully test-fired

Hindustan Times
India on Wednesday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.

 



MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

 

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief to discuss Iran deal with Trump officials

Reuters

IAEA Director General Amano will meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior U.S. officials in Washington on Thursday, March 2.

 



U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

 

Kratos MRBM target supports SM-3 Block intercept test

IHS Jane’s 360

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has disclosed details of the MRBM  target provided by the company to support the US Missile Defense Agency's first intercept test of the SM-3 Block IIA exo-atmospheric interceptor.

 

Trump declares US ‘ready to lead’ even has he warns of cost of engagement

CNN

In his first address to Congress Trump touted sanctions he slapped on Iran for a missile test, reaffirmed "our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel," and said he would "demolish and destroy" ISIS. Trump reiterated the need for NATO and other allies to contribute to shared security costs.

OPINIONS

How to stop Russia from cheating on missile treaty

The Hill, Thomas Karako

Russia must not be permitted to continue its “soft-exit” strategy of quiet violation. The Trump administration should take up the INF issue in earnest, speaking to Russia in the language of action. The United States and its allies know how to build exquisite strike assets and have a number of other proverbial knives available, should Russia fail to drop theirs.

 

Learning to Live with Nuclear Weapons Long Term

Investor’s Business Daily, Robert Monroe

Our strategy of the past sixty years — of attempting to do away with nukes — is about to thrust us into a world of horror and chaos.  We've given it a good try, and it just doesn't work. The only strategy that can save the world is for the five nuclear-weapons states to accept the responsibility of enforcing nonproliferation, using military force if necessary.

Trump’s Defense Budget Won’t Yield a Serious Military Buildup

The National Interest, Mackenzie Eaglen

If today’s modernization is tomorrow’s readiness, Trump will need to spend much more than the $54 billion in this plan to both restore readiness and recapitalize the services fleets and inventories. Most of the money will go to plugging readiness gaps, but that will lead to an imbalanced force.

 

Key Problems Trump Needs to Address on The Iran Nuclear Deal

Forbes, Amir Basiri

Addressing these key failures and taking a tougher stance against the Iranian regime and its acts of mischief can put us on the path to a safer Middle East, and by extension, a more peaceful world.


Don’t Underestimate North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

Wall Street Journal, R. James Woolsey and Peter Vincent Pry

Experts allege Pyongyang is not yet a serious nuclear threat to the U.S. Some reports say North Korea does not have “miniaturized” nuclear warheads for missile delivery and that its weapons are primitive—even after five nuclear tests. These are dangerous delusions.





SPECIAL INTEREST

This diamond battery is made from nuclear waste

World Economic Forum
Scientists have found a way to heat the radioactive graphite to release most of the radioactivity in a gaseous form. The gas is subjected to high temperature and low pressures that turn it into a man-made diamond.

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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