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Iran’s nuclear dilemma: Ramp up now or wait for Biden
Axios

U.S. Navy’s Ohio class submarine to get new hypersonic weapons
Naval News

U.S. accuses China of ‘flagrant’ N. Korea violations, offers $5 million reward
Reuters

United States

U.S. Navy’s Ohio class submarine to get new hypersonic weapons
Naval News12/2/20
The U.S. Navy’s four Ohio Class SSGNs may soon receive new hypersonic missiles which could transform their capabilities.

Australia, U.S. partner on air-launched hypersonic missile
Defense News12/1/20
Australia and the United States are partnering to develop and test an air-launched hypersonic cruise missile under the bilateral Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment program, or SCIFiRE, the two countries announced Monday.

ANALYSIS: Why the Pentagon must think harder about inadvertent escalation
Defense NewsAnkit Panda, James Acton
12/2/20
In a paradox worthy of the nuclear age, the conventional capabilities that have enabled the United States to reduce its reliance on nuclear weapons have also increased the risk of misperception that could spark a nuclear war.

OPINION: Successful missile defense test: Welcome news as rouge threats advance
Heritage FoundationPatty-Jane Geller
12/1/20
The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency recently made history with something that should help make all Americans safer.

OPINION: Missile defense and the arms race
Arms Control AssociationDaryl Kimball
12/1/20
Within weeks of taking office, President Joe Biden and his team will be confronted with dozens of pivotal choices.

East Asia

U.S. accuses China of ‘flagrant’ N. Korea violations, offers $5 million reward
Reuters12/1/20
The United States accused China on Tuesday of “flagrant violation” of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea, and offered rewards of up to $5 million for information about sanctions evasions.

N. Korea might seek to improve cross-border ties to strengthen leverage over Washington: think tank
Yonhap12/1/20
North Korea could try to improve its currently chilled relations with South Korea next year so as to strengthen its leverage in future nuclear negotiations with the United States, a state-run think tank said Tuesday.

Middle East

Iran’s nuclear dilemma: Ramp up now or wait for Biden
Axios12/2/20
The world is waiting to see whether Iran will strike back at Israel or the U.S. over the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program.

Iranian MPs seek hardening of nuclear stance after scientist killed
Reuters12/1/20
A bill requiring Iran’s government to suspend nuclear inspections unless sanctions are lifted, and ignore other restraints on its nuclear programme agreed with major powers, was passed by the hardline-led parliament on Tuesday.

Russia and Europe

NATO chief calls for renewed agreement between U.S., Russia on nuclear arms control
Xinhua12/2/20
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) deemed it necessary to have a renewed agreement between the United States and Russia on the limitation of nuclear warheads, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.