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Nuclear Policy News - October 6, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – October 6, 2017

TOP NEWS

EU Commission says all sides should stick to Iran deal terms
Reuters

Pakistan warns India against targeting its nuclear installations
The Economic Times

Trump to Force Congress to Act on Iran Nuclear Deal
New York Times

EAST ASIA

N. Korean committee calls for end to U.S. domination in S.K.
Yonhap News Agency
10/6/17
The South Korean people cannot evade the tragedy of a nuclear war as long as the U.S. military occupation of South Korea continues, given that the three-year Korean War ended in a ceasefire in 1953, not a peace treaty, it said. 

MIDDLE EAST

Iran warns nuclear deal “not renegotiable”
Xinhua
10/6/17
Iran's atomic chief said on Thursday that the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the world powers in 2015 is not renegotiable, Press TV reported.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Iran nuclear deal should be preserved: Russia
Reuters
10/6/17
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he hoped U.S. President Donald Trump would make a “balanced” decision on whether to remain engaged in the international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

EU Commission says all sides should stick to Iran deal terms
Reuters
10/6/17
The European Commission said on Friday that an international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program struck in 2015 was working and all sides should stick to their commitments.

SOUTH ASIA

Pakistan warns India against targeting its nuclear installations
The Economic Times
10/6/17
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has warned that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Islamabad either, the media reported on Friday. 

MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017
The Nobel Prize
10/6/17
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons
New York Times
10/6/17
In a year when threats from nuclear weapons seemed to draw closer, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to an advocacy group behind the first treaty to prohibit them. The group, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a Geneva-based coalition of disarmament activists, was honored for its efforts to advance the negotiations that led to the treaty, which was reached in July at the United Nations.

U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Trump to Force Congress to Act on Iran Nuclear Deal
New York Times
10/5/17
By declining to certify Iran’s compliance, Mr. Trump would essentially kick it to Congress to decide whether to reimpose punitive economic sanctions. Even among Republicans, there appears to be little appetite to do that, at least for now.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

The world can’t afford a nuclear Iran. Keep the current deal
Boston Globe, Ernest J. Moniz
10/4/17
When the Iran nuclear agreement was concluded more than two years ago, many questioned whether Tehran would live up to its terms. Incredibly, now it’s our continued compliance that’s in question. If the president pulls the United States out — either by failing to certify Iranian compliance without clear evidence of violations or by making a clean withdrawal — he will trigger a crisis that will significantly increase nuclear dangers.

Jimmy Carter: What I’ve learned from North Korea’s leaders
Washington Post, Jimmy Carter
10/4/17
The next step should be for the United States to offer to send a high-level delegation to Pyongyang for peace talks or to support an international conference including North and South Korea, the United States and China, at a mutually acceptable site.

Analysis: Nobel says to Korea nuke players: We are watching
Associated Press, Ted Anthony
10/6/17
But the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons opened itself to a clear interpretation across Asia: When it comes to the nuclear-saturated war of words on the Korean Peninsula, attention must be paid and treaties must be signed. And it must be done in a preventative way, at top speed, before something happens that can’t be undone.

Trump’s decision on Iran nuclear deal could cause major breach with allies in Europe
Washington Post, Karen DeYoung and Carol Morello
10/5/17
More than any other issue that has threatened transatlantic cohesion this year, President Trump’s decision to decertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal could start a chain of events that would sharply divide the United States from its closest traditional allies in the world.

North Korea Is Testing Not Just Bombs, But the Entire Global Nuclear Monitoring System
Defense One, Trevor Findlay
10/5/17
As a member of the Australian delegation, I observed the complex preparatory scientific talks on the system at the Committee on Disarmament in Geneva in the early 1980s. It is a miracle of statecraft and science that this collaborative international infrastructure has actually come into being.

The case for brinksmanship with North Korea
Washington Post, Michael Hirsh
10/6/17
Despite its belligerence and seeming wackiness, the nearly 70-year-old Pyongyang regime has demonstrated a consistently rational strand in its strategy: preventing its own extinction. If Beijing makes clear to its neighbor — backed by a combined threat from America, South Korea and Japan — that North Korea simply will not be permitted to survive as an intercontinental nuclear threat (even if Pyongyang gets to retain some of its nuclear weapons), it could prove to be a new chapter in the history of successful brinkmanship. All we can say conclusively is that, to date, nothing else has worked.

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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