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Nuclear Policy News - March 8, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – March 8, 2017

TOP NEWS

North Korean Missiles Trigger Talk in Japan of Pre-Emptive Strike Ability
Wall Street Journal

Russia to Arm Nuclear Subs With New Supersonic Cruise Missile
The Diplomat

Tillerson could float military response to North Korea during Asia trip
Washington Examiner

Rising Tensions With North Korea
New York Times Editorial Board

EAST ASIA

North Korean Missiles Trigger Talk in Japan of Pre-Emptive Strike Ability
Wall Street Journal
North Korea’s advancing nuclear-tipped missile program is fueling a new push by hawkish Japanese politicians to enable Tokyo to pre-emptively attack North Korean launch sites if Japan appears under imminent threat.

Why China is so mad about THAAD, a missile defense system aimed at deterring North Korea
Washington Post
Given how angry Beijing gets about THAAD, you may be forgiven for thinking that the U.S. missile system, deployed to South Korea, is primarily aimed at China. However, Washington and Seoul have justified the system by saying it is necessary to defend South Korea from North Korean aggression.

China Tries to Defuse Tensions Over North Korea
New York Times
China tried to cool newly volatile tensions on the Korean Peninsula, proposing that North Korea suspend its nuclear and missile programs in exchange for a halt to major military exercises between American and South Korean forces.

MIDDLE EAST

Trump administration pledges 'great strictness' on Iran nuclear deal
Reuters
Donald Trump's administration pledged to show "great strictness" over restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities, but gave little indication of what that might mean for the agreement.

Amid rising tensions, Iran tests Russian-built missile system
Christian Science Monitor
Iran says it has successfully tested a Russian-made long-range missile, stoking anxieties as tensions between the nation and the United States continue to climb.

U.S. ship changed course toward Iranians on Saturday: Iran commander
Reuters
A U.S. Navy ship changed course toward Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a guard commander was quoted as saying on Wednesday while issuing a warning.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia to Arm Nuclear Subs With New Supersonic Cruise Missile
The Diplomat
The Russian Navy will arm its upgraded Project 949A Oscar II-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarines (SSGN) with 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missiles, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said.

Fearing U.S. Withdrawal, Europe Considers Its Own Nuclear Deterrent
New York Times
An idea, once unthinkable, is gaining attention in European policy circles: a European Union nuclear weapons program.

SOUTH ASIA

India's nuclear record better, but Pakistan also needs NSG: China
The Economic Times
Despite India's "cleaner record compared to Pakistan", no discrimination should be made while considering their bids to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a Communist Party of China official said.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

North Korea Tensions Pose Early, and Perilous, Test for Trump
New York Times
When the United States began deploying a missile defense system in South Korea this week, it was to protect an ally long threatened by North Korean provocations.

Tillerson could float military response to North Korea during Asia trip
Washington Examiner
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could use an upcoming trip to Asia to gauge Chinese interest in a military response to North Korea's recent nuclear weapons program tests, according to the State Department.

Facing test of resolve, Trump pushes ahead with North Korea review
Reuters
Faced with a growing test of resolve for a new U.S. president who vowed while campaigning to get tough on North Korea, Donald Trump's aides are pressing to complete a strategy review on how to counter Pyongyang's missile and nuclear threats.

Why a $1 trillion endeavor to modernize the US nuclear arsenal could get more bipartisan support
CNBC
President Donald Trump has made modernizing the nation's nuclear arsenal a top priority. Now, after years of being put on the sidelines, threats from abroad and congressional hearings scheduled for Wednesday could further highlight the need to update the country's weapons technology.

OPINIONS

Rising Tensions With North Korea
New York Times Editorial Board
The world has been wondering where President Trump will face his first national security crisis. This week it has looked as if North Korea might be the first hot spot.

A nuclear weapons ban should first do no harm to the NPT
Adam Mount, Richard Nephew for The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
Pro-ban states should insist that the new treaty contain an article reaffirming all participants’ obligations to the NPT.

Pick Up the Pace on Missile Defense
Sen. Dan Sullivan for DefenseOne
Five steps to keep U.S. defenses ahead of North Korea’s efforts to make weapons that can threaten American cities.

Trump’s Silence on Russian Missiles Makes America Less Safe
Jon Wolfstahl for Foreign Policy
Russia presents security challenges to the United States and its allies for which the Trump administration has yet to indicate any kind of a policy direction or goals.

US-Russian space cooperation: a model for nuclear security
Simon Saradzhyan and William Tobey for Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
The steps that Washington and Moscow took to transform their space rivalry into cooperation can serve today as a model for working together to help prevent nuclear terrorism, no matter how strained relations may seem.

U.S. Should Support NATO and Offer Reassurances to Russia
Kimberly Marten for Council on Foreign Relations
“[Vladimir] Putin’s aggression makes the possibility of a war in Europe between nuclear-armed adversaries frighteningly real,” writes Kimberly Marten.

SPECIAL INTEREST

During the Korea War, America Considered Attacking North Korea with Nuclear Weapons
The National Interest
In 1950, as U.S. forces retreated from China’s onslaught across the Yalu River, General Douglas MacArthur called for strategic air attacks against China.

The Doomsday Clock, explained
Vox
When Martyl Langsdorf designed the Doomsday Clock in 1947, it was just an arbitrary graphic for the first edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine.

Tuesday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill as U.S. submarine docks in South
Reuters

Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing
Reuters

General Election 2017: Lib Dems to keep ‘nuclear deterrent’
BBC News

Blasts from the Past: Old Nuke Test Films Offer New Insights
Scientific American

 

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