Top News Speculation over Kim Jong-un’s health is fueled by North Korea’s own secrecy New York Times U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon to build nuclear-capable long-range standoff missile The Diplomat ANALYSIS: Decoding the Latest U.S. Report on Arms Control: Are Russia and China Really Cheating? CSIS United States NNSA hosting ‘virtual’ hearing on SRS draft pit production environmental review Aiken Standard4/20/20 The U.S. Department of Energy’s weapons-and-nonproliferation agency will at the end of the month host a public hearing concerning its pitched plans to produce plutonium pits at the Savannah River Site. U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon to build nuclear-capable long-range standoff missile The Diplomat4/20/20 Raytheon will be the sole contractor on the long-range standoff weapon. ANALYSIS: Decoding the Latest U.S. Report on Arms Control: Are Russia and China Really Cheating? CSISRebecca Hersman 4/17/20 On April 15, 2020, the State Department released the executive summary for the 2020 Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments, more commonly known as the Compliance Report. East Asia Speculation over Kim Jong-un’s health is fueled by North Korea’s own secrecy New York Times4/20/20 South Korean officials questioned the accuracy of news reports that Mr. Kim was recovering from heart surgery. But rumors persist. North Korea continues to flout Trump, advance nuclear ambitions Foreign Policy4/20/20 A U.N. panel concludes that the U.S. president’s outreach to Kim Jong Un has changed little in his behavior. North Korea denies that Kim sent Trump ‘a nice note’ Politico4/19/20 Its foreign ministry referred to the story as “ungrounded.” OPINION: What Kim wants the hopes and fears of North Korea’s dictator Foreign AffairsJung Pak 4/20/20 Between 2017 and 2019, relations between the United States and North Korea made for great television. Middle East OPINION: Approaching the endgame on the Iran nuclear issue The StrategistConnor Dilleen 4/20/20 As policymakers globally are preoccupied with managing the devasting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, a perfect storm of events appears to be coalescing around the Iran nuclear issue. Russia and Europe A deep-diving sub. A deadly fire and Russia’s secret undersea agenda. New York Times4/20/20 Few want to talk about how 14 sailors met their deaths on a Russian engineering marvel. Fewer still want to talk about what they were doing off Norway’s waters. South Asia ANALYSIS: Indian BMD program: strategic response of Pakistan Modern DiplomacySaba Hanif 4/19/20 The South Asian region has remained fragile due to the hostile relations of India and Pakistan.