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Explainer: Iran atomic sites targeted by diplomacy, sabotage
Associated Press

U.S. tries to derail China’s effort to build world’s fastest supercomputer needed for unstoppable missiles
Business Insider

ANALYSIS: Russia’s Arctic activity to increase with fresh strategy and more capability tests
Defense News

United States

Returning to the Iran nuclear deal is essential for Biden’s foreign policy agenda
NPR4/9/21
For President Biden, a swift return to the Iran nuclear deal is essential not only for curbing a major national security threat, but also for the rest of his foreign policy agenda.

East Asia

U.S. tries to derail China’s effort to build world’s fastest supercomputer needed for unstoppable missiles
Business Insider4/11/21
The U.S. added seven China supercomputer entities to its economic blacklist.

U.S. sanctions against Chinese supercomputer centres may have limited impact, observers say
South China Morning Post4/10/21
Seven centres or entities have been blacklisted, with the US Department of Commerce saying the technology could serve military purposes.

Bolton: North Korea unlikely to denuclearize under Kim
Voice of America4/9/21
North Korea has not made a strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons and the prospects for efforts to achieve denuclearization through diplomacy remain dim, said John Bolton, former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser.

OPINION: On North Korea, Biden should borrow from Trump’s Singapore declaration
The HillJay Solomon
4/11/21
Kim Jong Un and his family have welcomed the Biden administration with North Korea’s standard playbook of military provocations and verbal threats.

Middle East

Explainer: Iran atomic sites targeted by diplomacy, sabotage
Associated Press4/12/21
Iran’s nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the latest incident striking its underground Natanz facility.

U.S., Iran clash on sanctions; U.S. sees possible ‘impasse’
Reuters4/9/21
U.S. and Iranian officials clashed on Friday over what sanctions the United States should lift to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, with Washington predicting an impasse if Tehran sticks to a demand that all sanctions since 2017 be removed.

Iran blames Israel for assault on nuclear site, vows revenge
Bloomberg4/12/21
Iran blamed Israel for an attack on the power network at its largest uranium enrichment plant, raising geopolitical tensions around Iran’s nuclear program as diplomats try to revive the international deal that contained it.

Russia and Europe

ANALYSIS: Russia’s Arctic activity to increase with fresh strategy and more capability tests
Defense NewsAlexander Bratersky
4/12/21
The Russian government will soon present a unified document on Arctic development to President Vladimir Putin, meant to combine economic and military aspects of the country’s power projection in the northern region.