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Nuclear Policy News – March 2, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – March 2, 2017



North Korea vows toughest response to South Korea-U.S. drills
Military Times

White House Options on North Korea Include Use of Military Force
The Wall Street Journal

South Korea’s Lotte Duty Free says website crashed after attack from Chinese IPs

Iran’s Major Naval Exercise, Missile Tests a ‘Standard Practice’
Voice of America



North Korea vows toughest response to South Korea-U.S. drills
Military Times
Annual military drills between Seoul and Washington always rile Pyongyang, which calls the defensive drills a rehearsal for an invasion. The North will "mercilessly foil the nuclear war racket of the aggressors with its treasured nuclear sword," said a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army. 

South Korea worried about calls in China against South Korea firms over THAAD
South Korea said on Thursday it was concerned about growing calls in China to put South Korean companies at a disadvantage over Beijing's objections to the planned deployment of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system.

N. Korea say it will build nuclear power unless U.S. abandons hostility
Calling its own nuclear capabilities the core of its self-defense, the North blasted the U.S. and South Korea for calling its latest missile test a provocation. "All the military steps taken by the DPRK in its territorial land, air and waters are the exercise of the legitimate right to self-defense to counter the persistent and brigandish nuclear threats and black mail of the U.S. and its vassal forces.

South Korea’s Lotte Duty Free says website crashed after attack from Chinese IPs
A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which overloads servers with requests, began slowing all four language versions of the website. The attack comes after affiliate Lotte International Co Ltd on Monday approved a land swap to allow the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system on what was once its property, in response to the North Korean missile threat.



Iran’s Major Naval Exercise, Missile Tests a ‘Standard Practice’
Voice of America
Iranian state media said the navy drill that ended Tuesday spanned 2 million square kilometers of the Arabian Sea. The drill involved successful tests of two upgraded missiles Monday, one of them a submarine-launched cruise missile named Nasir, and the other a guided anti-ship missile called Dehlaviyeh. An Iranian submarine also successfully test fired an advanced torpedo dubbed Valfajr.




Turkey moves to launch space agency
Defense News
The Turkish Space Agency would determine basic policies and strategies in space and aviation technologies. It will also be expected to help develop a competitive local space industry “not dependent on foreign [technology].” The agency is expected to increase Turkey’s space capabilities.




India and Israel team up for new army air-defense missile
Defense News
India and Israel will co-develop and produce a medium-range surface-to-air missile for use by the Indian Army at a cost of over $2.5 billion, but there is no clarity on which country will own the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) for the newly developed missile.





White House Options on North Korea Include Use of Military Force
The Wall Street Journal
An internal White House review of strategy on North Korea includes the possibility of military force or regime change to blunt the country’s nuclear-weapons threat.

Classified U.S. Satellite Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base
Real Clear Defense
A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office has been launched from California. The satellite dubbed NROL-79 is described only as a national security payload for the NRO.

Senator: The Submarine is America’s ‘Strategic, Decisive Edge’
Seapower Magazine
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee stressed, “The submarine is the strategic, decisive edge we have, technologically,” Reed said. “The [Columbia-class ballistic-missile] submarine is the most critical part of the [nation’s nuclear] triad.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., contributed to this dialogue, adding “We are in a century of undersea warfare and cyber.”

U.S. allowed no exports to N. Korea last year
The U.S. government did not allow exports to North Korea at all last year amid sanctions against the socialist country's nuclear and missile tests both on the country level and from the U.N.




America’s Pacific Posture: Staying on the Course
War on the Rocks, Brian Harding and Lindsey Ford
With growing tensions in the East and South China Seas and an increasingly unpredictable North Korea, U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever. By sustaining this posture and building on it going forward, Mattis and his team can reassure Asian partners that the United States will remain engaged as a Pacific power for years to come.

Trump and the Nuclear Threat
Real Clear Politics,Brian Kennedy
The recent test of the advanced Chinese DF-5C missile and the Iranian missile test was a stark reminder for President Trump that the potential for thermonuclear war still exists. That the United States is in this strategically inferior and unenviable position is entirely unacceptable.

Missile Defense and Defeat: Considerations for the New Policy Review
CSIS, Thomas Karako
Featuring contributions from Thomas Karako, Keith B. Payne, Brad Roberts, Henry A. Obering III, and Kenneth Todorov, this collection of essays explores how the strategic environment has evolved since 2010, and offers recommendations to help guide and inform the MDR’s development.

South Korea’s Strategic Choices: Separating the Forest from the Trees
Real Clear Defense, Scott Snyder
A careful evaluation of South Korea’s national interests, constraints, variables affecting its foreign policy, and strategic options reveals that South Korea’s future choices are constrained by many broader structural forces outside of Seoul’s control.


A visit to Russia’s secret Nuclear Labs
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Siegfried Heckler
Less than two months after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I landed on the tarmac in Sarov. I was then director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and­­ accompanied by two senior scientists from my own lab plus three colleagues from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The six of us were about to walk through the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear bomb, the technological and intellectual powerhouse behind the sophisticated arsenal that had been pointed at our country for the previous 40 years. 

Monday's Top Nuclear Policy News

PACOM chief Harris arrives in South Korea as North likens joint war game to ‘pouring gasoline on fire’
Japan Times

Iran: Top priority to protect nuclear deal from US
Al Jazeera

Talk of ‘Preventative War’ rises in White House over North Korea
New York Times

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