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Nuclear Policy News – March 3, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – March 3, 2017

 

TOP NEWS

China Retaliates Against South Korea for THAAD
Real Clear Defense

Air Force nuclear officer: New START treaty is ‘good for us’
Defense News

N. Korea hints at more missile launches to counter S. Korea-U.S. drills
Yonhap

EAST ASIA

China Retaliates Against South Korea for THAAD
Real Clear Defense
Beijing is banning Chinese tour groups from visiting South Korea, the latest retaliation against the planned Korean deployment of the US-built THAAD missile shield.

US, Japan, S. Korea Explore Limits to N. Korea’s Arms
Voice of America
South Korean, Japanese and U.S. officials met in Washington on Monday to discuss ways to restrict the money North Korea spends on weapons development. The three said they “explored a joint way forward toward the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.”

China expresses concern over U.S.-South Korea drill
Reuters
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated in a daily news briefing "At present the situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive. The relevant side should earnestly do more to help allay the situation on the Korean Peninsula and peace and stability in Northeast Asia, not the opposite."

N. Korea hints at more missile launches to counter S. Korea-U.S. drills
Yonhap
The Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party's official newspaper, said in a commentary that "new types of strategic weapons will soar" if Seoul and Washington continue their annual war drills, which the North claims to be a preparation for a war against it.

 

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russian analyst: North Korea weapons are primarily for defense
UPI
Alexander Zhebin, a North Korea expert at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, stated "North Korea will use everything to defend themselves in case of American or a South Korean invasion," Zhebin said. "North Korea is very small, and not a very rich country. How can they challenge the United States, or attack the United States?"

 

SOUTH ASIA

Pakistan looks to aviation in ambitious defense export push
Bloomberg
Nuclear-armed Pakistan is seeking to ramp up defense exports amid simmering regional tensions and a surge in the global arms trade. Pakistan expects to increase defense exports more than 10-fold to $1 billion within the next two years, targeting sales to countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Nigeria. Azerbaijan on Wednesday agreed to buy arms from Pakistan.

 

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION

EU Seeks Ways to Address Trump’s Concerns on Iran Nuclear Deal
Wall Street Journal
Officials from Britain, France, and Germany plan to present options to the US for tightening implementation for the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement in the coming weeks.

 

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Air Force nuclear officer: New START treaty is ‘good for us’
Defense News
Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, the service’s deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, offered support for the deal, saying, “The reason you do a treaty is not to cut forces but to maintain strategic stability among world powers. And the New START treaty allowed us to maintain [that stability]. I think there is a huge value with what the New START treaty has provided.” 

 

OPINIONS

The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Reform and Uncertainty
The Cipher Brief, Fritz Lodge
The real question now is not the alliance itself, but the strategic plan that Trump and his administration will seek to implement in the Asia-Pacific region.

THAAD: A Critical Litmus Test for South Korea-China Relations
38 North, Hee Ok Lee
As long as the ROK and China avoid a blame game over who is responsible for the North Korean nuclear problem, they will be able to manage the status quo through an understanding of each other’s positions, even if they are not necessarily in agreement. The status of the Sino-ROK relationship will come into fuller view after the upcoming ROK presidential election.

The F-35 in the Second Nuclear Age
Real Clear Defense, Robbin Laird
The F-35 is part of the evolving approach to 21st century high intensity operations, which can be characterized as an offensive-defensive enterprise enabled in part by the nuclear tip to the spear.

 

SPECIAL INTEREST

National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Emergency Response Team Uses Top Technology to Help Prepare for Threats (Video)
U.S. Defense Department Science Blog
Watch the latest episode of Defense TV to learn more about how the CBRN team works.  This exercise simulates a real world scenario involving an unknown chemical agent.

Friday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

Having nuclear weapons ‘matter of life and death’ for North Korea: RIA
Reuters

Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation: Kerry
Reuters

North Korea writes open letter to Parliament urging Australia to move away from Trump administration
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Russia’s Lavrov warns one-sided changes could sink Iran deal
Associated Press

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