TOP NEWS Pentagon tests new missile system, weeks after a U.S./Russia nuclear arms treaty collapsed TIME Russia says it’s not obliged to share radiation levels data Washington Post China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked Foreign Policy U.S. Nuclear Policy Pentagon tests new missile system, weeks after a U.S./Russia nuclear arms treaty collapsed TIME8/19/19 The U.S. military carried out a test-flight Sunday of a new road-mobile, ground-launched cruise missile system less than a month after the U.S. and Russia ripped up a landmark arms treaty. Russia and China say US missile test could revive arms race The Guardian8/20/19 Russia and China have said a new US missile test has heightened military tensions and risks triggering an arms race, weeks after Washington ended a cold-war-era weapons pact with Moscow. East Asia Russia, China and South Korea vie for Bulgarian nuclear project Reuters8/20/19 State run energy companies from Russia, China and South Korea are among seven groups interested in becoming strategic investors in Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear power project, the Balkan nation’s energy minister said on Tuesday. Middle East Top Iranian official: We should never have signed the Obama-era nuclear deal NBC News8/19/19 A top Iranian official and close adviser to Iran’s supreme leader says his country should never have signed the international nuclear deal that has now been renounced by President Donald Trump. Russia and Europe Nuclear monitoring stations went mysteriously quiet after Russian missile facility explosion CNN8/20/19 Four Russia-based nuclear monitoring stations that monitor radioactive particles in the atmosphere have mysteriously gone quiet after an August 8 explosion at a Russian missile testing facility. Russia says it’s not obliged to share radiation levels data Washington Post8/20/19 The Russian foreign ministry has responded to reports that several of its radiation monitoring stations went silent shortly after a deadly explosion at a missile range by saying it is not obliged to share data with other nations. Opinion and Analysis The false promise of nuclear power in an age of climate change Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsRobert Jay Lifton, Naomi Oreskes 8/20/19 At issue is what can be called “invisible contamination,” the sense that poison has lodged in one’s body that may strike one down at any time—even in those who had seemed unaffected by a nuclear disaster. China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked Foreign PolicyStevan Stashwick 8/20/19 The most conspicuous flash point between the U.S. and China, China’s military buildup on its artificial islands in the South China Sea, appears to be reaching a peak.