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CBO report shows New START Treaty should be extended, senior Dems say
Exchange Monitor

U.S. moves to seize cryptocurrency accounts linked to North Korean heists
Wall Street Journal

Iran relents on IAEA inspections at two sites, ending standoff
Reuters

United States

CBO report shows New START Treaty should be extended, senior Dems say
Exchange Monitor8/27/20
A new cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office on the potential cost of a U.S. nuclear-arms buildup shows the New START treaty should be renewed, according to two senior Senate Democrats.

ANALYSIS: The missile threat: A taxonomy for moving beyond ballistic
Aerospace CorpSteven Dunham, Robert WIlson
8/26/20
Missiles are not just ballistic anymore, even many of the ones that are called ballistic. We need to evolve accordingly.

OPINION: Democrats (and some Republicans) call for a return to multilateralism
Bulletin of Atomic ScientistsHalley Posner
8/26/20
With little more than a few tweets, President Trump has withdrawn the United States from multiple arms control agreements, the Paris climate change accord, and even the World Health Organization—in the middle of a pandemic, no less.

East Asia

U.S. moves to seize cryptocurrency accounts linked to North Korean heists
Wall Street Journal8/27/20
In a first, officials say North Korean hackers hit a U.S.-based crypto company.

As natural disasters strike, North Korea cuts itself off
Economist8/29/20
Most economies have been hobbled by covid-19, but few are doing as badly as North Korea’s. Never healthy, it was made less so by international sanctions intended to stop Mr Kim’s nuclear-weapons program.

Middle East

Iran relents on IAEA inspections at two sites, ending standoff
Reuters8/26/20
Iran said on Wednesday it was ending a months-long standoff with the U.N. nuclear watchdog by granting it access to two sites suspected of once hosting secret activities, easing diplomatic pressure on Tehran as Washington seeks to reimpose sanctions.

Russia and Europe

Russia releases secret footage of 1961 ‘Tsar Bomba’ hydrogen blast
Reuters8/28/20
Russia has released previously classified footage of the world’s largest nuclear explosion, caused when the Soviet Union detonated the so-called Tsar Bomba almost 60 years ago.