Nuclear Policy News – April 10, 2020

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Research papers point to PLAN’s next-generation submarine technologies

Iran urged to declare newly revealed nuclear weapons site to IAEA
Jerusalem Post

REPORT: Is it a nuke?

United States

The B-1 bomber might start slinging hypersonic missiles
Popular Mechanics4/9/20
The Cold War bomber could fine new life in the Air Force with the advent of the hypersonic missile.

South Carolina nuke weapons work moving to new contract
Defense Daily4/9/20
In an arrangement similar to the status quo, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will fund its nuclear weapons work in South Carolina through a potentially decade-long management and operations contract for the Savannah River National Laboratory.

REPORT: Is it a nuke?
CarnegieJames Acton
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish a nuclear weapon from a conventional one.

East Asia

Research papers point to PLAN’s next-generation submarine technologies
Two Chinese research papers that emerged in early April through social media provide further evidence of significant technological developments that may be incorporated in the design of the next generation of nuclear submarines for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Dummy missile test suspected at NK shipyard: report
Korea Herald4/9/20
North Korea may have tested dummy missiles at its Sinpo South Shipyard along its east coast in recent days, Washington-based website 38 North said Wednesday, citing commercial satellite imagery.

OPINION: NDIA policy points: China fills gap created by missile control regime
National Defense MagazineBrian Boone
There’s no question that military superiority in armed and unarmed drone capabilities will shape international security throughout the era of great power competition.

Middle East

Iran urged to declare newly revealed nuclear weapons site to IAEA
Jerusalem Post4/8/20
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s activities at the Shahid Mahallati facility show deception, according to the report.

Russia and Europe

Russia says U.S. unwillingness is threatening major nuclear weapons deal
Russia has again pointed the finger at the U.S. for delaying the extension of the New START nuclear weapons treaty, which expires next year.

Multilateral Arms Control

OPINION: A decade after signing, New START Treaty is working
Federation of American ScientistsHans Kristensen
On this day, ten years ago, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev signed the New START treaty during a ceremony in Prague.

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