TOP NEWS:

Iran urges int’l community to pressure Israel to join NPT
Xinhua

U.S. Bombers & allied aircraft integrate to fly over all 30 NATO nations in a day
European Command

Kim Jong-un: What is going on with North Korea’s leader?
South China Morning Post

United States

U.S. Bombers & allied aircraft integrate to fly over all 30 NATO nations in a day
European Command8/28/20
In a unique spin on regularly recurring Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions in Europe, six U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers will fly over all 30 NATO nations in Europe and North America on Aug. 28.

NNSA picks up four new COVID-19 cases for the week
Exchange Monitor8/28/20
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) picked up four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week, bringing the nuclear-weapon agency’s total to 529 since the confirmed beginning of the U.S. outbreak, a spokesperson said Friday.

East Asia

U.S. has high-priority responsibility in nuclear disarmament: Chinese FM
Global Times8/28/20
China’s Foreign Ministry urged the US take its responsibility in nuclear disarmament as the world’s largest nuclear-armed nation, after Kazakhstan’s first President Nursultan Nazarbayev recently called on holding a nuclear disarmament summit between US, Russia, the European Union and China.

Kim Jong-un: What is going on with North Korea’s leader?
South China Morning Post8/31/20
Kim is once again beset by rumours of poor health, and that he’s roped in his trusted sister Kim Yo-jong to ease his workload.

U.S. Cyber Command helps prosecutors seize stolen cryptocurrency traced to illicit N. Korea nuclear weapons program
Washington Post8/28/20
U.S. prosecutors on Thursday moved to seize cryptocurrency accounts allegedly used to launder an estimated $29 million stolen in cyberattacks aiding North Korea’s nuclear missile and weapons development programs.

Middle East

Iran urges int’l community to pressure Israel to join NPT
Xinhua8/31/20
Iran urged the international community to press Israel to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Press TV reported on Friday.

Russia and Europe

Russia’s latest nuclear-powered subs to carry cruise missiles with range of over 4,000 km
Tass8/28/20
The new Kalibr-M cruise missiles will be capable of delivering either conventional high-explosive fragmentation or nuclear warheads to the target, according to a source in the defense industry

International Day Against Nuclear Testing

OPINON: The International Day against Nuclear Tests: A reminder to achieve the entry-into-force of the CTBT
European Leadership NetworkMaximilian Hoell
8/28/20
On Saturday 29th August 2020, the international community commemorates the tenth International Day against Nuclear Tests.

OPINION: Nuclear testing: an example to follow
Astana TimesMarc Finaud
8/28/20
On 29 August 1949 the Soviet Union tested its first nuclear weapon in the atmosphere at the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan.