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China and Iran announced a new economic and security partnership. That’s not as alarming as it sounds.
The Washington Post

U.S., Iran head to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks
Reuters

Satellite images show huge Russian military buildup in the Arctic
CNN

United States

ANALYSIS: What it’s like to visit a Russian nuclear warhead storage site
StimsonWilliam Moon
4/1/21
Four Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program officers make a final visit to a Russian nuclear warhead storage site.

OPINION: Nuclear weapons are not top of mind for Biden. Here’s why they should be.
Union of Concerned ScientistsEryn MacDonald
4/2/21
The Biden administration has been a little busy since taking office, what with an ongoing pandemic, the continuing prevalence of race-related and gun violence, and attacks on voting rights, just to name a few urgent problems.

OPINION: Threat under the radar: The case for cruise missile control in the next National Security Strategy
Real Clear DefenseFabian Hoffmann
4/2/21
Cruise missiles have been used widely in the last two decades, especially in the Middle East.

East Asia

China and Iran announced a new economic and security partnership. That’s not as alarming as it sounds.
The Washington Post4/3/21
On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Tehran to sign a 25-year partnership deal between China and Iran.

U.S., Japan, South Korea pledge co-operation in dealing with North Korea
The Guardian4/3/21
Diplomats from three countries said they ‘shared their concerns’ about Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

U.S., Asian allies urge North Korea to limit nuclear program
DW4/3/21
The United States, South Korea and Japan have vowed to stand together against North Korea’s weapons programs.

North Korea’s tactical nuclear weapons expand deterrence, risk
Aljazeera4/3/21
North Korea is estimated to have enough fissile material for about 90 nuclear bombs.

Middle East

‘First step:’ U.S., Iran to begin indirect nuclear-limit talks
Associated Press4/2/21
The United States and Iran said Friday they will begin indirect negotiations with intermediaries next week to try to get both countries back into compliance with an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program, nearly three years after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal.

U.S., Iran head to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks
Reuters4/2/21
Iran and the United States said on Friday they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from Tuesday as part of broader negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers.

In Iran nuclear talks, familiar cast of characters faces fresh problems
Wall Street Journal4/3/21
Negotiations over the original nuclear deal were a highly technical affair. This time they are a test of political will.

Russia and Europe

No alternative to Iran nuclear deal: Russia
Xinhua4/2/21
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at a multilateral meeting on the Iran nuclear program on Friday that there is no alternative to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Satellite images show huge Russian military buildup in the Arctic
CNN4/5/21
Weapons experts and Western officials have expressed particular concern about one Russian ‘super-weapon,’ the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo.