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Nuclear Policy News – March 6, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – March 6, 2017



North Korea firs four ballistic missiles into sea, angering Japan and South

Iran tests sophisticated Russian defense system
The Military Times

Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors

S. Korea promptly coordinates with U.S. and Japan over N.K. missile provocation


North Korea firs four ballistic missiles into sea, angering Japan and South
The missiles were launched from the Tongchang-ri region near the reclusive North's border with China, South Korean and some of the missiles landed in waters as close as 300 km (190 miles) from Japan's northwest coast.

Abe says latest North Korean missile launch represents ‘new level of threat
The Japan Times
During Monday’s Upper House Budget Committee session, Abe condemned the provocation as “utterly intolerable” and noted the North’s accelerating technological advancements. The prime minister also said that “Japan will continue to coordinate closely with the United States, South Korea and other countries to strongly urge North Korea to exercise restraint.” 

North Korea Missile Test Not Likely an ICBM
Voice of America
Roh Jae-chun, a public affairs officer for the South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stated, “South Korea and the U.S. are closely analyzing at the moment. The possibility [of an ICBM test] is low, but it will require more precise analysis."

North Korea Missile Test Stirs Fears of Capability to Reach U.S.
The Wall Street Journal
North Korea’s firing of a burst of medium-range missiles suggests it is pushing hard toward a promised launch this year of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

S. Korea promptly coordinates with U.S. and Japan over N.K. missile provocation
South Korea hastened coordination with the United States and Japan on Monday after the North fired four missiles toward the East Sea.Kim Kwan-jin, chief of South Korea's National Security Office, held a phone conversation with H.R. McMaster, Washington's national security adviser, to discuss a joint response to the North's latest provocation.



Iran tests sophisticated Russian defense system
The Military Times
The report said the test of the S-300 system came during a recent military exercise named Damvand, the name of Iran's highest mountain. It said the test targeted various flying objects including missiles. With a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) the S-300 is capable of simultaneously tracking and striking multiple targets. 




Kremlin says seriously worried about North Korea missile drills
In a conference call on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, "Definitely, we are seriously worried - these are the sort of actions that lead to a rise in tension in the region and of course in this situation, traditionally, Moscow calls for restraint from all sides.”

France condemns North Korea missile test
France on Monday condemned North Korea's firing of four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest. A French foreign ministry statement said Paris would consult U.N. Security Council members on the issue.




Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors
Director General to IAEA Board of Governors expresses IAEA readiness to play its part in verifying North Korea’s nuclear program.




Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korean Missiles
The New York Times
The decision to intensify the cyber and electronic strikes, in early 2014, came after Mr. Obama concluded that the $300 billion spent since the Eisenhower era on traditional antimissile systems, often compared to hitting “a bullet with a bullet,” had failed the core purpose of protecting the continental United States.

US condemns ‘unacceptable’ North Korea missile launches
ABC News
The State Department said it "strongly condemns" the launches of several missiles by North Korea on Sunday, calling it a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.




There’s no such thing as ‘limited’ nuclear war
The Washington Post, Dianne Feinstein
Nuclear weapons present us with a paradox: We spend billions of dollars building and maintaining them in the hope that we never have to use them. Designing new low-yield nuclear weapons for limited strikes dangerously lowers the threshold for their use. Such a recommendation undermines the stability created by deterrence, thereby increasing the likelihood of sparking an unwinnable nuclear war.

Why Mess With a Nuclear Treaty, Mr. Trump?
New York Times
If Mr. Trump leaves the treaty, the United States and Russia will be free to build up arsenals that have declined by thousands of weapons since the late 1960s. That would set off a costly, destabilizing arms race. And by eliminating verification and transparency requirements, America would lose insight into Russia’s program.

Nuclear Weapons: Trust But Modernize
The Daily Caller, Peter Huessy
The nuclear modernization program of record—12 submarines, 400 GBSD missiles, 100+ new bombers, warhead production improved and streamlined, and command and control redone—is the right way forward. So to paraphrase President Reagan, yes we can trust our deterrent will work. But only if we “Trust but modernize”.

China’s Greatest Nightmare: Taiwan Armed with Nuclear Weapons
The National Interest, Kyle Mizokami
From Taiwan’s perspective, a nuclear arsenal would be the ultimate guarantor of national sovereignty. Even if the United States split with the country, as it eventually did, Taiwanese nukes would keep the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at bay, a deterrent not only against Chinese nuclear power, but against conventional forces as well.

Fearing U.S. Withdrawal, Europe Considers its Own Nuclear Deterrent 
New York Times, Max Fisher
Though no new countries would join the nuclear club under this scheme, it would amount to an unprecedented escalation in Europe’s collective military power and a drastic break with American leadership. Analysts say that the talk, even if it never translates into action, demonstrates the growing sense in Europe that drastic steps may be necessary to protect the postwar order.


Nuclear North Korea
Reuters Graphics
Check out this interactive timeline of North Korea’s nuclear and missile activity since 1985.

Reuters TV: North Korea’s missile launch (video)
ICYMI: An exclusive look into North Korea’s missile launch.

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