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Macron unveils nuclear doctrine, warns EU ‘cannot remain spectators’ in arms race
France 24

OPINION – A plea to save the last nuclear arms treaty
New York Times

OPINION: Modernizing our nuclear enterprise infrastructure to keep Americans safe
Columbia Daily Herald

United States

Trump under pressure to renew last nuke treaty with Russia
The Hill2/9/20
Supporters of a key arms control treaty between the United States and Russia are raising pressure on the Trump administration to renew the pact after the one-year deadline to do so passed.

OPINION: Modernizing our nuclear enterprise infrastructure to keep Americans safe
Columbia Daily HeraldLisa Gordon Hagerty
2/7/20
Despite the aspiration of a world without nuclear weapons, we must take the world as it is, not as we wish it were.

East Asia

North Korea’s internet use surges, thwarting sanctions and fueling theft
New York Times2/9/20
North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a “maximum pressure” American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study.

Experts: Sanctions relief will not make North Korea denuclearize
VOA Cambodia2/7/20
North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons even if sanctions are eased, according to experts who think increasing pressure and enforcing sanctions will lead Pyongyang to relent on its nuclear program.

Middle East

ANALYSIS: Uncomfortable lessons: reassessing Iran’s missile attack
CSISIan Williams
2/6/20
Nearly one month has passed since Iran attacked U.S. troops in Iraq with a barrage of ballistic missiles.

Russia/Europe

Macron unveils nuclear doctrine, warns EU ‘cannot remain spectators’ in arms race
France 242/7/20
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday unveiled his nuclear doctrine advocating a more coordinated European Union defence strategy in which France, the bloc’s only post-Brexit nuclear power, and its arsenal would hold a central role.

Russia to deploy two ‘hypersonic missile hunters’ on Kola Peninsula in Arctic — source
TASS2/7/20
Two Rezonans-N radars capable of spotting hypersonic targets will be deployed on the Kola Peninsula in the Russian Arctic by the end of the year, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Friday.

Defexpo 2020: Almaz-Antey upgrades Club-T cruise missile system
Janes2/6/20
Russian state-owned defence company Almaz-Antey has expanded its family of Club cruise missiles with an upgraded variant of the Club-T system, a company spokesperson told Jane’s at the 5-9 February Defexpo 2020 defence show in Lucknow, northern India.

South Asia

DRDO inks deal with Russian company for missiles propulsion systems
Economic Times of India2/7/20
DRDO’s High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) signed contract with Rosoboronexport for development of Advanced Pyrotechnic Ignition Systems.

Multilateral Arms Control

OPINION – A plea to save the last nuclear arms treaty
New York TimesMadeleine Albright, Igor Ivanov
2/10/20
Two former diplomats, from Russia and America, call for extending the nuclear arms limitation pact called New START, to make the world more secure.

New IAEA head to visit Japan
NHK2/8/20
During a planned tour of Japan, Grossi is expected to talk with senior Japanese officials on nuclear development in North Korea and Iran.