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Russian and Chinese nuclear threats pose problem for U.S. deterrence
USNI

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un admits nation facing “worst-ever situation”
Associated Press

China builds advanced weapons systems using American chip technology
Washington Post

United States

Air Force hypersonic missile fails to detach from plane during test
Washington Post4/7/21
A Tuesday test mission over the military’s Point Mugu Sea Range near Los Angeles was supposed to serve as yet another demonstration of the Air Force’s unrivaled technological prowess.

OPINION: Biden cannot allow Iran to keep its weapons program
BloombergEli Lake
4/8/21
It’s not enough for U.S. negotiators simply to demand Iranian compliance with a flawed bargain.

East Asia

China builds advanced weapons systems using American chip technology
Washington Post4/7/21
In a secretive military facility in southwest China, a supercomputer whirs away, simulating the heat and drag on hypersonic vehicles speeding through the atmosphere — missiles that could one day be aimed at a U.S. aircraft carrier or Taiwan, according to former U.S. officials and Western analysts.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un admits nation facing “worst-ever situation”
Associated Press4/8/21
Experts say Kim is facing perhaps his toughest moment as he approaches a decade in rule, with North Korea’s coronavirus lockdown unleashing further shock on an economy devastated by decades of mismanagement and crippling U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear weapons program.

Commerce blacklists seven Chinese supercomputing groups
The Hill4/8/21
The Commerce Department on Thursday blacklisted seven Chinese supercomputing groups, adding the companies to its “entity list” as potential national security threats.

OPINION: Hawks up the Ante: China is now a nuclear threat, too
Responsible StatecraftDaniel Larison
4/8/21
As part of their campaign to agitate for intensified rivalry with the Chinese government, China hawks are feigning interest in arms control so that they can engage in reckless fearmongering about a mostly imaginary Chinese nuclear buildup.

Middle East

The window of opportunity is closing fast on an Iran nuclear deal
CNN4/7/21
With America joining the renewed talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear agreement shunned by Donald Trump, the United States has taken a giant step back into the global community of nations. Sadly, we are now reduced to playing a sharply weakened hand.

OPINION: The other sides of renegotiating the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement
CSISAnthony Cordesman
4/7/21
So far, most of the debate over the JCPOA agreement has been a repetition of the original debates that took place while the current agreement was first being negotiated.

Russia and Europe

Russian and Chinese nuclear threats pose problem for U.S. deterrence
USNI4/8/21
Russian and Chinese threats to use nuclear weapons in Europe or across the Taiwan Strait pose “stark real-world problems” in defining deterrence as the United States modernizes its strategic forces, security experts agreed Wednesday.