TOP NEWS

Japan says North Korea developing warheads to penetrate missile defenses
Reuters

Antonio Guterres backs India’s coveted Nuclear Supplier’s Group membership
Economic Times

Second batch of S-400 missile system arrives Turkey
Anadolu Agency

Middle East

Trump ready to meet Iran’s Rouhani for new nuclear deal
Financial Times8/27/19
Emmanuel Macron has offered to broker a meeting between Donald Trump, US president, and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in order to replace the faltering Iran nuclear agreement with a more stringent and durable deal.

Iran has opportunity to come back into nuclear deal: UK’s Johnson
Reuters8/26/19
Iran has an opportunity to come back into compliance with the nuclear deal and resume dialogue about its nuclear activities, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

Iran’s president says no talks with Trump unless sanctions are lifted
TIME8/27/19
Iran’s president back-pedaled Tuesday on possible talks with Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran, otherwise a meeting between the two would be a mere photo op.

Russia/Europe

Second batch of S-400 missile system arrives Turkey
Anadolu Agency8/27/19
Turkey has received the second batch of the Russian S-400 missile defense system on Tuesday, according to Turkeys’ National Defense Ministry.

Russia this week
Middle East Media Research Institute8/27/19
Russia’s relations with China and Turkey top this week’s news on Russian defense activity.

East Asia

Japan says North Korea developing warheads to penetrate missile defenses
Reuters8/27/19
Pyongyang appears to be developing warheads to penetrate a ballistic missile shield defending Japan, the country’s defense chief said on Tuesday, pointing to the irregular trajectories of the latest missiles launched by North Korea.

North Korea: ‘Strategic Security’ Can’t Be Given Away for Sanctions Relief
The Diplomat8/26/19
The statement follows weeks of intensified North Korean short-range missile testing.

South Asia

Antonio Guterres backs India’s coveted Nuclear Supplier’s Group membership
Economic Times8/27/19
This is the first time that India has received support from any UN head on India’s proposed membership to the NSG.

VIDEO: Pakistan PM Imran Khan once again issues nuclear threat to India over Kashmir issue
India Today8/26/19
The Prime Minister said Narendra Modi has committed a “historic blunder” by abrogating Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying Pakistan would go to any extent on the Kashmir issue.

Opinion/Analysis/Commentary

Trump and Pompeo diverge on Iran
Washington ExaminerTom Rogan
8/26/19
Trump has three key demands for any new deal from Iran, but Pompeo has 12.

An end to arms control consensus
Observer Research FoundationRakesh Sood
8/26/19
Unlike the bipolar equation of the Cold War, this time a nuclear arms race will be complicated by the involvement of multiple countries.