Nuclear Policy News – August 13, 2019

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Middle East

Bolton to press UK on stronger response to Iran, Huawei
The Hill8/11/19
White House national security adviser John Bolton plans to urge British officials to take a tougher line on Iran and Chinese telecom firm Huawei during a meeting in London this weekend.

Iran says tanker seized at Gibralter will be released soon
New York Times8/13/19
The British and Gibraltar authorities will soon release an Iranian oil tanker that has been held for more than a month, an Iranian official said on Tuesday.

East Asia

North Korea says it tested new type of missile, further enhancing its arsenal
New York Times8/11/19
North Korea said on Sunday that the two projectiles it fired a day earlier were a new type of missile, making this the third new short-range ballistic missile or rocket system the North has successfully tested in less than a month as Washington struggles to resume talks on denuclearization.

U.N. investigating slew of North Korean cyberattacks on financial bodies
Japan Times8/13/19
U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs.


Trump considering North Korea envoy as next ambassador to Russia
Stephen Biegun, the diplomat who has been leading efforts to revive stalled U.S. denuclearization talks with North Korea, is under consideration to be President Donald Trump’s next ambassador to Russia, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Aegis Ashore is up and running in Romania
National Interest8/12/19
Aegis Ashore is a land-based version of the U.S. Navy’s SM-3 missile-interceptor.

Bringing Russia’s new nuclear weapons into New START
The last treaty that limits the U.S. and Russia’s nuclear weapons, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), will expire in February 2021 unless both states agree to its extension.


Roll for initiative: NATO’s navies need a wargaming series
War on the RocksJared Samuelson
NATO’s navies should draw a lesson from history and begin wargaming for a potential future European conflict now.

Intermediate-range missiles are the wrong weapon for today’s security challenges
War on the RocksTom Countryman and Kingston Reif
The U.S. pursuit of new ground-launched intermediate-range missiles is militarily unnecessary, would divide NATO, and would lead Russia to increase the number and type of intermediate-range missiles aimed against NATO targets.

Steady as she goes: China’s new defense white paper
War on the RocksDennis J. Blasko
The Chinese government released its 10th defense white paper on July 24.

Special Interest

Kashmir’s escalatory potential
Arms Control WonkMichael Krepon
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will need to ask themselves about their exit strategy as tensions in Kashmir continue to heighten.

Can America still protect its allies?
Foreign AffairsMichael O’Hanlon
Is the United States still as committed to extended deterrence in a world where their primary geopolitical rivals are China and Russia?

SPECIAL REPORT: Great Power Competition Extends to Arctic
National DefenseConnie Lee
As the climate warms and thick barriers of ice continue to melt, the Arctic is now becoming a hot spot for economic activity.

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