TOP NEWS On A-bomb anniversary, Hiroshima mayor calls on Japan to join nuclear ban treaty Japan Times Iran says it will further breach nuclear deal in one month unless Europeans act Reuters North Korea fires more ballistic missiles ahead of U.S.-South Korea military drill New York Times U.S. Nuclear Policy Consider a national-team approach to the next ICBM Defense One8/5/19 Boeing’s decision not to bid on the Air Force’s replacement for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program still leaves the Air Force with alternative options. Australia says it won’t be hosting U.S. missile site Associated Press8/5/19 Australian officials confirmed Monday that their country will not be used as a base for any planned U.S. mid-range missiles following talks with American officials in Sydney. Middle East Iran says it will further breach nuclear deal in one month unless Europeans act Reuters8/5/19 Iran told European powers on Monday it would further reduce compliance with the JCPOA in about a month if they were still failing to protect it from crippling U.S. sanctions. Russia Putin to Trump: We’ll develop new nuclear missiles if you do Reuters8/5/19 Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Moscow would start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States started doing the same after the demise of a landmark arms control treaty. Russia’s new stealth bomber to make maiden flight outside Moscow in 2025-26 The Diplomat8/5/19 The Russian Air Force’s next-generation nuclear-capable strategic bomber, dubbed PAK DA, will conduct development and flight trials at the Flight Test and Development Center in the town of Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Nordic countries see Russia flex its missile muscles Defense News8/5/19 The Nordic countries have scaled up monitoring against a surge in missile testing by Russia on its heavily militarized Kola Peninsula, home to Moscow’s Northern Fleet and Arctic main combat forces. East Asia On A-bomb anniversary, Hiroshima mayor calls on Japan to join nuclear ban treaty Japan Times8/6/19 Mayor Kazumi Matsui urged the government to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declined to do so. North Korea fires more ballistic missiles ahead of U.S.-South Korea military drill New York Times8/5/19 North Korea on Tuesday launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, days before the United States and South Korea were scheduled to begin a joint military exercise. North Korea took US$2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons programme: UN report Channel News Asia8/6/19 North Korea has generated an estimated US$2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. Opinion/Analysis/Commentary Iran has two nuclear options Al JazeeraHamid Dabashi 8/4/19 Iran can go either the Israeli way or the Egyptian way. Trump has the right idea on North Korea, but needs to change strategy The HillKen E. Gause 8/5/19 Economic relief, not security concessions, might be the best way to effectively change in North Korea’s nuclear strategy. Pyongyang is playing Washington against Beijing Foreign PolicyOriana Skylar Mastro 8/5/19 China is finding it harder and harder to steer its troublesome ally.