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Nuclear Policy News - September 13, 2017

Nuclear Policy News – September 13, 2017

TOP NEWS

North Korea defiant over U.N. sanctions as Trump says tougher steps needed
Reuters

Arms Control Experts Urge Trump to Honor Nuclear Deal
New York Times

Russia, US start consultations on extending START treaty – diplomat
TASS

Mattis: US to keep nuclear triad for deterrence
Military Times

EAST ASIA

North Korea defiant over U.N. sanctions as Trump says tougher steps needed
Reuters
9/12/17
North Korea showed trademark defiance on Wednesday over new U.N. sanctions imposed after its sixth and largest nuclear test, vowing to redouble efforts to fight off what it said was the threat of a U.S. invasion.

South Korea confirms traces of radioactive gas from North Korea’s nuclear test
Reuters
9/12/17
The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said its land-based xenon detector in the northeastern part of the country found traces of xenon-133 isotope on nine occasions, while its mobile equipment off the country’s east coast detected traces of the isotope four times


MIDDLE EAST

Arms Control Experts Urge Trump to Honor Nuclear Deal
New York Times
9/13/17
Alarmed that President Trump may soon take steps that could unravel the international nuclear agreement with Iran, more than 80 disarmament experts urged him on Wednesday to reconsider and said the accord was working.

RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE

Russia, US start consultations on extending START treaty – diplomat
TASS
9/12/17
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the issue of extending the START-III treaty was discussed at his consultations with US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon.

Moscow envoy says talks with US counterpart not without disputes on issues like INF
TASS
9/11/17
Russia and the United States remain divided over the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the media after two days of consultations with US Under-Secretary of State Thomas Shannon.


U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY

Mattis: US to keep nuclear triad for deterrence
Military Times
9/13/17
The nation’s nuclear deterrent posture will remain triad-based, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday in his strongest support to date of the vast modernization spending underway to develop next-generation nuclear submarines, bombers and ground-based nuclear missiles.

The U.S. Is Testing Support for Extending Iran Nuclear Limits
Bloomberg Politics
9/13/17
U.S. diplomats have approached European officials to see if they would join in demanding an extension to limits on Iran’s uranium enrichment that are set to expire in 2025 and 2030 under the nuclear accord reached in 2015, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Trump officials call out China, Russia for helping N. Korea evade sanctions
The Hill
9/12/17
The Trump administration on Tuesday called out Russia and China for helping North Korea evade international sanctions, publicly detailing how the two countries help Pyongyang smuggle coal.

U.S. lawmakers want ‘supercharged’ response to North Korea nuclear tests
Reuters
9/12/17
Frustrated U.S. lawmakers called on Tuesday for a high-powered response to North Korea’s nuclear tests, saying Washington should act alone if necessary to stiffen sanctions on companies from China, Russia and any country doing business with Pyongyang.

Amid NKorea crisis, Mattis focuses on US doomsday arsenal
Washington Post
9/13/17
On Wednesday he is dropping in on ground zero of American nuclear firepower: Minot Air Force base in North Dakota, home to more than 100 land-based nuclear missiles as well as nuclear bomb-toting aircraft. He also will receive briefings at Strategic Command, whose top officer would command nuclear forces in war.

Navy’s nuclear fleet shipyards in bad shape, report finds
Navy Times
9/12/17
The naval shipyards in Norfolk, Virginia, and Portsmouth, Maine, and the shipyard and intermediate maintenance facilities at Puget Sound, Washington, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, are vital to maintaining the nuclear fleet, the Government Accountability Office report states. But while they are critical to maintaining the Navy’s nuclear-powered fleet — 10 carriers and 70 boats — “their overall condition remains poor,” according to the report.

OPINION AND ANALYSIS

More Than 80 Nuclear Nonproliferation Experts Reaffirm Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal
Arms Control Association
9/13/17
The statement is endorsed by former U.S. nuclear negotiators, former senior U.S. nonproliferation and intelligence officials, a former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a former member of the UN Panel of Experts on Iran, and leading nuclear specialists from the United States and around the globe.

The Case Against the Iranian Nuclear Deal is One Big Lie
Foreign Policy, Stephen M. Walt
9/11/17
When facts and logic fail them, opponents of the JCPOA resurrect the myth of a “better deal.” Having failed to stop Obama’s original negotiation, they now claim decertifying the deal is the first step to persuading Iran and the other members of JCPOA to agree to major revisions or new restrictions.

More than ever, South Koreans want their own nuclear weapons
Washington Post, Michelle Ye Hee Lee
9/13/17
It seemed like a fringe idea not too long ago, but the proposal for South Korea to have its own nuclear arms is gaining steam here.

We should worry more about Pakistan than North Korea
The Hill, former Sen. Larry Pressler
9/13/17
North Korea’s brazen and defiant nuclear tests last week have been keeping our leadership up at night, and for good reason. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s unsecured nuclear weapons program is even more dangerous and should keep all of us up at night.

The ABCs of Deterring North Korea
War on the Rocks, Joshua Rovner
9/13/17
For now, there is bad news and good news. Unfortunately, it will be very hard to deter North Korea from expanding its arsenal, as the last decade has shown. It will also be difficult, though not impossible, to deter North Korea from selling its nuclear knowledge. The good news is that it is much easier to deter the things we fear most: the use of nuclear weapons as cover for conventional aggression and the use of nuclear weapons in war.

SPECIAL INTEREST

Strengthening the Counter-Illicit Nuclear Trade Regime in the Face of New Threats: A Two-Year Review of Proliferation Threats Associated with the Middle East
Institute for Science and International Security
9/12/17
The review found that U.S. policy goals should include strong efforts to restrict the flow of sensitive technologies to the Middle East where proliferation and security concerns are currently high. This includes examining its own export control reforms and repairing new or ongoing deficiencies that contribute to the spread of sensitive military or other technologies.

Friday's Top Nuclear Policy News

TOP NEWS

North Korea Hits New Level of Brinksmanship in Reacting to Trump
New York Times

Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities
Reuters

US Urges All Nations to Stop the Spread of Nuclear Weapons
US News and World Report

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