Top News: China says Iran nuclear issue at ‘critical point’ ABC Lawmakers call for open dialogue on Chinese, Russian advances in space and nuclear weapons Space News North Korea and Iran teaming up again as U.S. weighs Iran nuclear deal Fox News United States OPINION: The Lockheed-Aerojet deal hampers hypersonics Defense News – Former Rep. Todd Tiahrt 2/24/21 Recently, Lockheed Martin announced its intent to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne to create a vertically integrated company that would, in effect, corner the hypersonic propulsion market. Lawmakers call for open dialogue on Chinese, Russian advances in space and nuclear weapons Space News2/23/21 hearing Feb. 23 called on the Defense Department and other agencies to more openly discuss the threats posed by China and Russia as these nations advance their space and nuclear weapons technologies. East Asia China says Iran nuclear issue at ‘critical point’ ABC2/24/21 Developments surrounding Iran’s nuclear program are at a “critical point” and lifting sanctions on the country is key to breaking the deadlock, China’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. North Korea and Iran teaming up again as U.S. weighs Iran nuclear deal Fox News2/24/21 A leaked report on North Korean sanctions by a UN Security Council committee reportedly states that Kim Jong Un’s regime and Tehran are working together again, to develop long range ballistic missiles. OPINION: Military force must remain an option with North Korea Bloomberg – John Bolton 2/23/21 Trump’s personal diplomacy failed, but Biden can’t go back to the Obama approach. Middle East Iran officially imposes curbs on UN nuclear inspections Associated Press2/23/21 Iran officially started restricting international inspections of its nuclear facilities Tuesday, a bid to pressure European countries and President Joe Biden’s administration to lift crippling economic sanctions and restore the 2015 nuclear deal. Israel Will Stop Iran Nuclear Program ‘With or Without’ Joe Biden Deal, Benjamin Netanyahu Warns Newsweek2/23/21 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that Iran will not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, whether or not Tehran reaches a deal with President Joe Biden to revive the stalled Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement. Russia and Europe Russia invites U.S. to proclaim impermissibility of nuclear war CGTN2/23/21 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that he had proposed that Russia and the United States make a statement on impermissibility of a nuclear war.