Top News: Planned W93 warhead will contribute to new U.K. nuke, D.O.D. officials say Defense Daily China won’t join trilateral arms talks with U.S. and Russia China Daily U.S. imposes sanctions on 3 Russian organizations under law on non-proliferation of weapons TASS United States Planned W93 warhead will contribute to new U.K. nuke, D.O.D. officials say Defense Daily2/13/20 The proposed W93 sea-launched warhead, the nuclear tip of planned next-generation U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missiles, will share technology with United Kingdom’s next nuclear weapon, Pentagon officials said Thursday. President Trump tells advisers he doesn’t want another summit with North Korea’s Kim before the election NBC2/10/20 President Donald Trump has told top foreign policy advisers that he does not want another summit with Kim Jong Un before the presidential election in November, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. Trump revamps nuclear arsenal to respond to Russia’s ‘tactical’ threat Washington Times2/13/20 The Trump administration is taking dramatic steps to revamp the nation’s arsenal and prepare for a theoretical nuclear war with Russia in Eastern Europe, with the two countries returning to Cold War-era gamesmanship on the world stage and rethinking the unthinkable: how mankind’s deadliest weapons could be used in the 21st century. Lawmakers, experts warn of potential arms race as New START Treaty expires in less than a year ABC News2/14/20 As the Trump administration ramps up the country’s nuclear capabilities in the latest Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal, the clock is ticking on the only remaining arms control treaty that keeps the world’s two leading nuclear powers — Russia and the United States — in check. OPINION: The opportunity exists to move faster on nuclear modernization ForbesDave Deptula 2/14/20 A significant portion of America’s nuclear deterrent force currently relies on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that were fielded over forty years ago. East Asia China won’t join trilateral arms talks with U.S. and Russia China Daily2/13/20 The Chinese Foreign Ministry reiterated on Wednesday that China has no intention of joining the so-called trilateral arms control negotiations with the U.S. and Russia, and that this position is clear and understood by Russia and the wider international community. North Korea scraps ‘Christmas surprise’ amid China woes Washington Times2/12/20 North Korea has delayed its much-anticipated “Christmas surprise” of a major intercontinental ballistic missile test out of concern that such a provocation — after two years of stop-start nuclear diplomacy — would trigger sharp negative reactions from Washington and the international community. U.S. commander says N. Korea may be ready to flight-test advanced ICBM Yonhap2/14/20 North Korea may be prepared to test-fire an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to threaten the U.S. mainland, the U.S. northern commander has said, citing rocket engine tests Pyongyang conducted in December. Russia/Europe U.S. imposes sanctions on 3 Russian organizations under law on non-proliferation of weapons TASS2/13/20 The Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, the military-industrial corporation Scientific and Production Association of Mechanical Engineering and the Instrument Design Bureau fell under the sanctions of the American administration due to the fact that, according to Washington DC, they violate US national laws on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against Iran, North Korea and Syria, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement in the Federal Registry, on Thursday. OPINION: The U.S. should accept Russia’s proposed moratorium on post-INF missiles Defense OneLuke Griffith 2/13/20 Last September, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a moratorium on missile deployments in Europe.