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Nuclear Policy News – March 17, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – March 17, 2017

 

TOP NEWS

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program
The New York Times

Hiroshima A-bomb survivor to address U.N. nuke ban treaty conference
The Mainichi

Trump budget: an extra billion dollars for nuclear weapons
The Center for Public Integrity




EAST ASIA

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program
The New York Times
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson ruled out on Friday opening any negotiation with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs and said for the first time that the Trump administration might be forced to take pre-emptive action “if they elevate the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level.

Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill
Reuters
Sirens blared and loudspeakers broadcast warnings in Japan's first civilian missile evacuation drill on Friday, conducted in a fishing town by officials wary about the threat of North Korean missiles.

Trump: North Korea ‘behaving very badly,’ China not helping
The Hill
President Trump on Friday slammed North Korea and China in an morning tweet, saying North Korea has been “playing” the U.S. for years and China isn’t doing enough to help. “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!” Trump tweeted.



RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Dem rep: US needs plan to deal with potential Russian nuke
The Hill
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) says a nuclear war with Russia is a real possibility the U.S. should prepare for.




MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

Hiroshima A-bomb survivor to address U.N. nuke ban treaty conference
The Mainichi
Toshiki Fujimori, deputy secretary-general of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo), is set to make a speech to delegates at the opening of a nuclear weapons ban treaty conference at United Nations headquarters in New York on March 27.




U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Trump budget: an extra billion dollars for nuclear weapons
The Center for Public Integrity
President Donald Trump has proposed to boost federal spending on the production of nuclear weapons by more than $1 billion in 2018 while slashing or eliminating spending on many federal programs related to diplomacy, foreign aid, and social needs, in a budget proposal that reflects the first tangible expression of his defense priorities.

The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, a political hot potato, is back
CNBC
The White House's budget blueprint released Thursday seeks to revive spending for a hotly contested facility in Nevada that would store the nation's nuclear waste.




OPINIONS

Russia’s Nuclear Menacing Shouldn’t Go Unanswered
The Wall Street Journal, William Lloyd Stearman
The Russian military last fall deployed a battery of short-range, nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad, the 6,000-square mile Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania. The move raises a troubling question: Does Moscow believe there could be a limited nuclear conflict in Europe?

Out of Time in North Korea
Council on Foreign Relations, Richard N. Haass
There is a growing consensus that the first genuine crisis of Donald Trump’s presidency could involve North Korea and, more specifically, its ability to place a nuclear warhead on one or more ballistic missiles possessing sufficient range and accuracy to reach the continental United States. A crisis could stem from other factors as well: a large increase in the number of nuclear warheads that North Korea produces, evidence that it is selling nuclear materials to terrorist groups, or some use of its conventional military forces against South Korea or US forces stationed there.

 

 

SPECIAL INTEREST

China rebrands cold war nuclear bunker as tourist attraction
South China Morning Post
It was a top secret Chinese nuclear facility with a deadly Cold War mission - to make plutonium for an atomic bomb - but these days its doors are wide open as a tourist attraction.

 

Tuesday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS


North Korea tests rocket engine: U.S. officials
Reuters

Iran responds to US with ‘reciprocal sanctions’
Al-Monitor

Russia says U.S. anti-missile system to spark new arms race
Reuters

United States and Allies Protest U.N. Talks to Ban Nuclear Weapons
The New York Times

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