Nuclear Policy New – October 5, 2018

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Analysis: Pompeo’s Asia tour to “put meat on bones” of Singapore communique, experts say
Xinhua News

U.S. indicts Russians in hacking of nuclear company Westinghouse

It Is Time to Update the President’s Nuclear Command Authority
National Interest

East Asia

Pompeo Returns to North Korea Lacking Leverage as Trump Woos Kim
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo leaves Friday for North Korea with U.S.-disarmament demands increasingly undermined by calls for sanctions relief and President Donald Trump’s push for a second summit with Kim Jong Un.

Analysis: Pompeo’s Asia tour to “put meat on bones” of Singapore communique, experts say
Xinhua News10/4/2018
The upcoming tour of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to four Asian nations is aimed at building on the momentum of the denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang and “put meat on the bare bones of the Singapore communique,” experts said on Wednesday.

Could North Korea be sincere?
The Economist10/4/2018
Last month Moon Jae-in, erstwhile puppet of American imperialists, stood in the May Day stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, and promised a new era of shared prosperity as 150,000 North Koreans cheered. The next day he and Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator, climbed (well, were driven) to the top of Mount Paektu, the Korean peninsula’s sacred peak, where they put together the tips of their thumbs and index fingers to form a heart-shape in a gesture more commonly used by K-pop stars to show appreciation for their fans.


Mattis: Russia’s violation of arms control treaty ‘untenable’
The Hill10/4/2018
Russia’s “blatant violation” of a landmark arms control treaty is “untenable,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday, adding that the Trump administration is considering diplomatic and military responses.

U.S. indicts Russians in hacking of nuclear company Westinghouse
The United States on Thursday charged seven Russian intelligence officers with conspiring to hack computers and steal data from the nuclear energy company Westinghouse Electric Co as well as anti-doping watchdogs, sporting federations and an international agency probing the use of chemical weapons.

Opinion and Analysis

It Is Time to Update the President’s Nuclear Command Authority
National InterestNikolai Sokov and Miles A. Pomper
Increased oversight, under the right circumstances, would decrease the risk of any U.S. president using nuclear weapons preemptively or without just cause.

Reports of the death of arms control have been greatly exaggerated
War on the RocksAlexandra Bell and Andrew Futter
The deliberate or accidental detonation of a nuclear weapon could set off a literal and figurative chain reaction that could end the world as we know it. Yet today, a renewed full-scale arms race is no longer an implausible scenario. Nuclear weapons are still being built, modernized, and stockpiled around the world. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran is on life support. Possible negotiations over the North Korean nuclear program are stalled. U.S.-Russian strategic relations are at the lowest point in a generation. At the same time, a spate of new weapons technologies, both advanced conventional and nuclear, threatens to complicate matters further.

Special Interest

The controversial legacy of the Nuclear Security Summit
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists10/4/2018
Although it has been only two years since the conclusion of the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, it feels as though nuclear politics have been on fast-forward. China, Russia, and the United States are modernizing their nuclear arsenals; North Korea has openly tested intercontinental ballistic missiles; and the pressure for disarmament has found a humanitarian face with the negotiation and signature of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. By contrast, the Nuclear Security Summit—an international forum aimed at securing nuclear materials and preventing nuclear terrorism—seems tame, uncontroversial, and distant from the pressing concerns of the day. But in reality, the aftermath of the summits continues to reverberate in Vienna—home to the International Atomic Energy Agency and other organizations concerned with nuclear security—in all the wrong ways.

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