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Nuclear Policy News – March 10, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – March 10, 2017



Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site
38 North

Iran successfully tests ballistic missile
Defense News

Russia denies violating nuclear arms pact with US
Defense News



Preparations for a Future Test Continue at North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site
38 North
New commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from March 7 indicates activity at the North Portal, Main Administrative Area and Command Center. The sum of these activities supports an assessment that North Korea continues to prepare the tunnels at the North Portal for a future nuclear test.

Trump administration ‘underwhelmed' by Chinese offer on N. Korea
Boston Globe
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on both sides to ‘‘flash the red light and apply brakes on both trains.’’ He proposed that the US and South Korea halt their military exercises in exchange for an end to nuclear and missile testing by North Korea. Senior Trump administration official said the US government will not use the Chinese offer as a starting point for dealing with the North Korean threat



Iran successfully tests ballistic missile
Defense News
Iran's Revolutionary Guard has successfully tested a ballistic missile, Iran's Fars news agency reported Thursday. The report quotes Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division, as saying the missile destroyed a target from a distance of 250 kilometers. It said the sea-launched ballistic missile, dubbed Hormuz 2, was tested last week. 




Russia denies violating nuclear arms pact with US
Defense News
The Kremlin on Thursday rejected U.S. claims of Russian violations of a landmark nuclear arms treaty, saying it has respected the pact and will continue to do so. 


US sanctions are affecting India-Russia defense deals; MoD source
Defense News
U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia are affecting Indian weapons procurement because Moscow is unable to furnish bank guarantees required by Indian law.




Over 90 Congressmen Sign THAAD resolution
As of Thursday, a total of 93 Democratic and Republican congressmen have signed the H. Res. 92 since it was proposed by Rep. Joe Wilson on Dec. 7.

Drones threatened nuclear facilities
The Washington Times
Drone aircraft recently carried out unauthorized intrusions over Air Force and Navy nuclear facilities, and the incidents pose a growing threat, Gen. John E. Hyten disclosed to Congress Wednesday.

Haley Demands Positive Action from North Korea Before Talks (Video)
The Voice of America
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the United States must see "some sort of positive action" from North Korea before any discussions to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula can begin.

Statement of General Paul Selva, USAF Military Assessment of Nuclear Weapons Requirements
House Armed Services Committee
The fundamental role of U.S. nuclear forces is to deter a strategic attack against the United States, its allies, and its partners. Simply put, nuclear weapons pose the only existential threat to the United States and there is no substitute for the prospect of a devastating nuclear response to deter that threat.

Navy’s Life-Extended Nuclear Missile Achieved Milestone
Defense Daily
The U.S. Navy loaded the first two life-extended Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles on an Ohio-class submarine last month.

Sandia National Labs ensure functionality of nation’s nuclear weapons
Homeland Preparedness News
In the years since the United States ceased developing new nuclear weapons systems, Sandia National Laboratories have been conducting and developing a series of assessments for each nuclear weapons system to detect or anticipate potential functionality issues as the weapons themselves continue to age.



A Huge Risk of Small Nukes
Politico, Philip E. Coyle and James McKeon
Deploying new, more capable low-yield weapons would only serve to heighten tensions between the United States and Russia, likely leading to a new type of nuclear arms race that no one would win, and increasing the chances that these arms will be used. The benefits are nonexistent; the heightened dangers are impossible to ignore.

No More U.S.-Russian Arms Treaties Until Moscow Stops Violating Existing Treaties and Agreements
Real Clear Defense, Keith B. Payne and Franklin C. Miller
The Trump Administration would be ill-advised to seek to negotiate new arms control treaties with Moscow until the Russian Federation complies with the treaties it has signed and demonstrates that it is a worthy negotiating partner.  To date, it has proven the opposite.

North Korea Expected to Acquire Nuclear-Armed ICBMs No Matter What Trump Does
The Daily Caller, Ryan Pickrell
“It is difficult to calculate or predict when North Korea might achieve that capability, a reliable nuclear-armed ICBM, but certainly with the pace of testing they’ve been carrying out something in the next five to 10 years seems like a reasonable guess,” Gary Samore, the former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, told the Senate Committee on Arms Services Wednesday.

The enduring nonproliferation value of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
The Nonproliferation Review, Daryl G. Kimball
In order to realize the full potential of the treaty and close the door on testing, states need to undertake new and sustained diplomatic efforts that underscore the political and security value of the treaty for each of the hold-out states.




Old trucks, long hours, poor management
Los Angeles Times
The unmarked 18-wheelers ply the nation’s interstates and two-lane highways, logging 3 million miles a year hauling the most lethal cargo there is: nuclear bombs.

Lasers can detect weapons-grade uranium from afar
If a nuclear bomb were detonated, governments would want to know what was in it and where it came from. For the most accurate analysis, scientists would need samples collected from the blast site. But it would be safer and quicker to run this style of analysis at a distance.


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

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Washington Post

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