Top News President Trump ‘talked about nuclear weapons’ with Vladimir Putin in a call to the Kremlin over the weekend as START Treaty’s expiration looms Daily Mail Russia says it’s ready for hypersonic missile talks with U.S. Reuters ANALYSIS: How nuclear forces worldwide are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists United States President Trump ‘talked about nuclear weapons’ with Vladimir Putin in a call to the Kremlin over the weekend as START Treaty’s expiration looms Daily Mail4/14/20 President Trump told reporters Monday that he discussed nuclear arms control during his latest conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin U.S. ready for arms control talks with Russia, China if they meet its criteria Tass4/9/20 “The President has directed us to think more broadly than New START and include both China and Russia in our next steps,” the US Department of State spokesperson said. Trump names arms control envoy as treaty’s expiration looms The Hill4/10/20 President Trump has officially named Marshall Billingslea as his special envoy for arms control, a role expected to spearhead efforts to reach a nuclear agreement with Russia and China. PODCAST: Press the button Ploughshares Fund4/14/20 Listen to the latest episode featuring Jamie Raskin, US representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district. East Asia North Korea test fires multiple short-range anti-ship missiles Reuters4/14/20 North Korea launched multiple short-range anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea and Sukhoi jets fired air-to-surface missiles on Tuesday as part of military exercises, South Korea’s military said. OPINION: What to do when North Korea lashes out during the coronavirus The DiplomatJohn Grover 4/15/20 Pyongyang’s continuing missile testing should be seen in context. Russia and Europe Russia says it’s ready for hypersonic missile talks with U.S. Reuters4/14/20 Russia is ready to discuss hypersonic missiles and other arms control issues with the United States as part of wider discussions about strategic stability, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. Multilateral Arms Control ANALYSIS: How nuclear forces worldwide are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsJohn Krzyzaniak 4/14/20 In recent weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has elicited at least a few tone-deaf comments from top US defense officials about the readiness of their nuclear forces.