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Nuclear Policy News – May 9, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – May 9, 2017


N. Korean Officials Meet U.S. Experts in Oslo

India’s Nuclear Exceptionalism: Fissile Materials, Fuel Cycles, and Safeguards (Report)
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Singapore to Enforce Death Penalty for Nuclear Terrorist Acts
Channel News Asia


Pyongyang Reiterates Resolve to Fight Against U.S.
North Korea on Tuesday reiterated its resolve to continue to fight against the United States as it marked the first anniversary of its leader being elected the chairman of the ruling party. 

N. Korean Officials Meet U.S. Experts in Oslo
North Korean officials began informal talks with a group of American experts in Oslo, Norway, amid speculation that Washington may seek dialogue with Pyongyang.

China says North Korea sending delegation to new Silk Road Summit
Leaders from 28 countries will attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 14-15, an event orchestrated to promote Xi's vision of expanding links between Asia, Africa and Europe underpinned by billions of dollars in infrastructure investment. Despite Chinese anger at North Korea's repeated nuclear and missile tests, China remains the isolated state's most important economic and diplomatic backer.

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins South Korean election: exit polls
Liberal politician Moon Jae-in won South Korea's presidential election on Tuesday, exit polls showed, an expected victory that would end nearly a decade of conservative rule and bring a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea.

Singapore to Enforce Death Penalty for Nuclear Terrorist Acts
Channel News Asia
A person who commits a fatal act of terrorism using radioactive material or nuclear explosive devices will face the mandatory death penalty under new laws passed in Parliament on Monday (May 8).The legislation paves the way for Singapore’s ratification of the United Nations’ (UN) International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT)




Russia showcases Arctic hardware in Red Square military parade
Russia rolled out air defense systems built to operate in sub-zero Arctic conditions on Tuesday as it showcased its military might at a parade on Moscow's Red Square.


India’s Nuclear Exceptionalism: Fissile Materials, Fuel Cycles, and Safeguards (Report)
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Mansoor Ahmed
This paper looks at the vertical proliferation potential of India’s unsafeguarded civil-military nuclear program.



Trump, Iran, and the Nuclear Agreement
Real Clear Defense,Mohammed Ayoob
The Trump administration have gone out of their way to portray Iran as America’s inveterate enemy that needs to be ostracized and, if possible, militarily decapitated. There are important constituencies, both inside and outside the US, which would prefer Iran be confronted militarily in order to neuter its real and potential interventionist capabilities in the Middle East.

The Korean Peninsula Migraine—Outcomes No One Wants
The Nikkei Asian Review, Ian Bremmer
The great problem in knowing whether North Korea is about to explode is in judging which words to take seriously and which to ignore. Past U.S. presidents have shrugged off these threats and worked behind the scenes with China and South Korea to find safe ways to tighten the pressure on the regime. But things have changed, and it's now time for the world to pay closer attention.

Today’s Defense Department Lacks Nuclear Weapons Expertise
Investor’s Business Daily, Robert R. Monroe
DOD has disassembled its former dedicated, powerful, organization of nuclear weapons scientists and thinkers, who focus on the military aspect of nuclear weapons, and who would have alerted DOD's leadership to the urgent need. Hopefully, today's new national leadership will reverse the nation's nuclear weapons policies, and re-nuclearize DOD before it's too late.  Since our Cold Warriors have retired or passed on, few or none in DOD even know what needs to be done.



Giving Up Nuclear Weapons: It’s Rare, But It’s Happened (Podcast)
To this day, South Africa is the only country that's built its own nuclear weapons and then relinquished them. Three former Soviet republics — Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan — inherited nukes when the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991, and then gave them up. President Trump is now calling for North Korea to relinquish its nuclear arsenal, a step it says it will never take. History shows that countries are unlikely to give up their weapons unless there's a dramatic change in circumstances, as was the case in South Africa.




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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