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Nuclear Policy News - October 2, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – October 2, 2017

TOP NEWS

Iran’s Foreign Minister Has Some Things He Wants to Say to Donald Trump
Politico

Trump to top U.S. diplomat: Don’t bother talking to North Korea
Reuters

U.S. directly communicating with North Korea, seeks dialogue
Reuters

Sir Michael Fallon defends nuclear deterrent amid heightened North Korea threat
Sky News

EAST ASIA

N. Korea urges halt to U.S. hostile policy in talks with Russia: report
Yonhap News Agency
9/30/17
North Korea has called for an end to what it claimed to be a hostile U.S. policy toward the communist regime in bilateral talks with Russia, the North's official media reported Saturday. 

As sanctions bite, N. Korean workers leave Chinese border
Asahi Shimbun
10/2/17
North Korean workers have begun to leave the Chinese border city of Dandong, following the latest round of sanctions seeking to restrict Pyongyang's ability to earn foreign currency income, local businesses and traders say.

MIDDLE EAST

Iran’s Foreign Minister Has Some Things He Wants to Say to Donald Trump
Politico
10/2/17
Despite President Donald Trump’s threats to blow it up, the Iran nuclear deal still has a “better than 50” percent chance of surviving the next year, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told POLITICO in an extensive interview detailing how his country will—and won’t—respond to Trump’s extraordinary campaign against the agreement the American president calls “an embarrassment to the United States.”

Zarif: Nuclear renegotiation is a ‘myth’
Tehran Times
10/1/17
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday essentially ruled out renegotiating or launching follow-up talks to a landmark nuclear accord that President Donald Trump is threatening to dismantle, saying rewriting the multilateral pact is a “myth”.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Sir Michael Fallon defends nuclear deterrent amid heightened North Korea threat
Sky News
9/29/17
Sir Michael Fallon's defence of Britain's nuclear deterrent comes as he hosts NATO's Secretary General at the nuclear submarine base in Scotland…. Standing in front of HMS Vengeance, both men reaffirmed that NATO is a nuclear alliance and committed to collective defence.

Match North Korea overture with Iran offer, Germany tells U.S.
Reuters
10/1/17
Germany welcomed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s announcement that he was “probing” opportunities for dialogue with North Korea about its nuclear weapons program and called for Washington to take a similar step with Iran.

Italy decides to order N.K’s amb. to leave, increasing Pyongyang’s diplomatic isolation
Yonhap News Agency
10/1/17
Italy has decided to order North Korea's newly designated ambassador to leave the country in an apparent bid to join the global drive to punish the North for its continued missile and nuclear provocations, a local media report showed Sunday. 

Russia rejects U.S. claim on Iran, IAEA
Tehran Times
10/1/17
A senior Russian official has dismissed a recent U.S. claim that Moscow is trying to “shield” Iran from inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which Washington has been pushing to widen to Iran’s military sites.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Trump to top U.S. diplomat: Don’t bother talking to North Korea
Reuters
10/1/17
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed the prospect of talks with North Korea as a waste of time a day after his own secretary of state said the United States was maintaining open lines of communication with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. directly communicating with North Korea, seeks dialogue
Reuters
9/29/17
The United States said on Saturday it was directly communicating with North Korea on its nuclear and missile programs but Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue.

Pyongyang shows no interest in talks: State Department
Reuters
9/30/17
North Korea has shown no interest in pursuing talks on its nuclear and missile programs, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the United States was communicating directly with Pyongyang.

Lawmakers look to bypass Trump on North Korea sanctions
The Hill
10/1/17
Senators from both parties increasingly worried about North Korea's nuclear weapons program are talking about bypassing President Trump and hitting the country with sanctions on their own.

U.S. senior diplomat to visit S. Korea for talks on N. Korea
Yonhap News Agency
10/2/17
The United States' No. 2 diplomat will visit South Korea later this month for talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, diplomatic sources said Monday. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will travel to South Korea in mid-October, the sources said, amid high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

The Iran deal is working. Here’s how we know.
Washington Post, John F. Kerry
9/29/17
Having cast dozens of arms-control votes as a senator — judging not whether they were perfect, but whether we were better off with them — I want to take those who may soon cast a similar vote “into the negotiating room” to explain the product we negotiated to close Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, and why it is so important to keep the agreement in place.

One Very Big Reason Not to Scrap the Iranian Nuclear Deal
New York Times, Jeremy Bernstein
10/2/17
If the Trump administration does not recertify the agreement when it comes around in just a few weeks, the rest of the signers may attempt to maintain the treaty. But without the United States, the Iranians have suggested that they will consider the provisions no longer binding. Shouldn’t the dire situation in North Korea be enough of a headache already that we do not want to deal with another nuclear armed country? 

Keep the Iran Deal, Attack the Regime
Foreign Policy, Max Boot
10/2/17
I would not recommend pulling out of the deal now — not when the International Atomic Energy Agency, whose inspectors monitor 27 separate sites, has certified that Iran is in compliance. Instead of nuking the nuclear deal, the United States should take other steps to check the growth of Iranian influence.

The Korean Peninsula: On the knife’s edge of a crisis
The Hill, Bruce Klingner
10/2/17
The situation on the Korean Peninsula is always on the knife’s edge of a crisis. But personifying the standoff between two leaders, each of whom has threatened to destroy the other’s country, escalates the risk of triggering a major military conflict.

It’s Time to Reckon With What It Would Really take to Deter North Korea
Foreign Policy, Daniel Blumenthal
9/29/17
There is a new piece of conventional wisdom on North Korea in Washington: The idea that the United States should “recognize” North Korea as a nuclear state and move toward a policy of containment and deterrence. To be sure, this may be the only option left, but many who are advocating the policy don’t seem to be thinking through its military requirements and possible regional consequences.

Secret talks can cool tensions between US and North Korea
The Hill, Paul B. Stares
10/1/17
Secret talks are unlikely to resolve the underlying conflict, but they could establish some basic ground rules and emergency procedures to avert a catastrophe.

SPECIAL INTEREST

A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer
Washington Post
10/1/17
Armed with this tip, customs agents were waiting when the ship entered Egyptian waters. They swarmed the vessel and discovered, concealed under bins of iron ore, a cache of more than 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades. It was, as a United Nations report later concluded, the “largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

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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