Top News: ANALYSIS: How satellites can save arms control Foreign Affairs US-China relations: militaries carry out missile tests as tensions continue to simmer South China Morning Post Lavrov emphasizes need to rule out possibility of nuclear war Tass United States Inhofe questions Assistant Secretary of Defense nominee on nuclear modernization budget Senator Inhofe8/6/20 U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe questioned Lucas Polakowski about the appropriate role of the Department of Defense in creating the Nuclear National Security Administration’s budget each year. ANALYSIS: How satellites can save arms control Foreign AffairsMichael Markey, Jonathan Pearl, and Benjamin Bahney 8/5/20 During the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union spent decades negotiating over how to control the competition in nuclear arms. REPORT: Machine learning applications in nonproliferation Center for Nonproliferation StudiesJamie Withorne 8/4/20 Machine learning and artificial intelligence have recently made significant advances in the fields of data science and data analysis. East Asia US-China relations: militaries carry out missile tests as tensions continue to simmer South China Morning Post8/5/20 ‘We are in a highly alert state for combat,’ PLA commander says after launch of DF-26 and DF-16 missiles Middle East Pompeo: U.S. to call UN vote on Iran arms embargo extension Associated Press8/5/20 The Trump administration will press ahead with efforts to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran despite widespread opposition to such a move at the world body, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. U.S. ‘scrutinizing’ Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program after Chinese help Haaretz8/6/20 Saudi Arabia remains behind the UAE, which became the first Arab nation to open a nuclear power plant on Saturday Russia and Europe Lavrov emphasizes need to rule out possibility of nuclear war Tass8/6/20 Russia’s top diplomat was addressing participants of a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing. Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Pope on Hiroshima: Possession of nuclear weapons “immoral” Associated Press8/6/20 Pope Francis on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima by calling for peace and repeating that not only the use of atomic weapons but their mere possession is immoral. 75 years after the bomb, Hiroshima still chooses ‘reconciliation and hope’ UN News8/6/20 “Seventy-five years ago, a single nuclear weapon visited unspeakable death and destruction upon this city”, he said in his address. “The effects linger to this day”. U.N.’s Nakamitsu urges Japan to consider nuke treaty ban Asahi Shimbun8/6/20 For Izumi Nakamitsu, skipping a visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to commemorate atomic bomb victims because of the pandemic and strict travel regulations was not an option. OPINION: Why do we still have The Bomb? CNNWilliam Perry, Tom Collina 8/4/20 President Harry Truman could not have fully understood the power of the atomic bomb when — at his direction — the United States dropped two on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago.