TOP NEWS ANALYSIS: European security in crisis: What to expect if the United States withdraws from NATO War on the Rocks Russia tests hypersonic missile in Arctic – TASS cites sources Reuters Iran continues dismantling JCPOA nuclear restrictions Al-Monitor Seoul says North Korea has fired 2 short-range projectiles Associated Press United States ANALYSIS: European security in crisis: What to expect if the United States withdraws from NATO War on the RocksLiana Fix and Bastian Giegerich 11/29/19 How might Europeans organize their defense if the United States withdraws from NATO, and what role could the United States play in European security after the withdrawal? Russia/Europe Russia tests hypersonic missile in Arctic – TASS cites sources Reuters11/30/19 Russia’s MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kinjal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in Russia’s part of Arctic earlier this month, TASS new agency reported on Saturday, citing two military sources. France’s Macron denies accepting Putin’s missile proposal Reuters11/28/19 French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday denied having accepted a Russian proposal to impose a moratorium on missile deployments in Europe, but said it was important the Kremlin initiative not be simply dismissed. Nuclear nightmare? Russia’s Avangard hypersonic missile is about to go operational. National Interest11/30/19 Russia’s Avangard hypersonic boost-glide missile is about to operational. Middle East Iran continues dismantling JCPOA nuclear restrictions Al-Monitor11/27/19 Iran is taking another step toward expanding its nuclear program by officially starting construction of the second unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Iran threatens to step back from UN nuclear watchdog The Guardian12/1/19 Iran has warned it may “seriously reconsider” its commitments to the UN atomic watchdog if European parties to a nuclear deal trigger a dispute mechanism that could lead to fresh sanctions. European countries join INSTEX exchange to preserve Iran nuclear deal Rudaw12/1/19 Six major European countries announced on Friday that they would join a special trade exchange designed to alleviate the impact of the U.S. sanctions on Iran. East Asia Seoul says North Korea has fired 2 short-range projectiles Associated Press11/28/19 North Korea on Thursday fired two short-range projectiles, likely from a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher, South Korea’s military said, adding to tensions three days after the North said its troops conducted artillery drills near its disputed sea boundary with South Korea. North Korea’s Thanksgiving Day test shows improving speed for missile crews Reuters11/28/19 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” over the latest test of a large multiple-rocket launcher, state media said on Friday, a launch that experts said showcased improving performance by the system and its crews. North Korea may deploy ‘super-large’ rocket launcher soon Associated PressHyung-Jin Kim 12/1/19 North Korea said Friday the latest test-firing of its “super-large” multiple rocket launcher was a final review of the weapon’s combat application, a suggestion that the country is preparing to deploy the new weapons system soon. ANALYSIS: How North Korea soured on Donald Trump The AtlanticUri Friedman 11/29/19 The main holdup in negotiations has been the Trump administration’s unwillingness to ease sanctions on North Korea, even if only partially and in a reversible manner, until North Korea commits to complete denuclearization.