Nuclear Policy News – February 27, 2020

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U.S. sanctions 13 entities for backing Iran missile program

Britain confirms new nuclear warhead project after US officials spill the beans
Defense News

Russian diplomat pushes for nuclear pact’s extension
U.S. News

United States

U.S. sanctions 13 entities for backing Iran missile program
The United States announced on Tuesday it was imposing sanctions on 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey for supporting Iran’s missile program.

East Asia

U.S. General links Chinese hypersonic glider to nuclear program
Aviation Week2/26/20
A powerful new weapon has appeared in a U.S. military assessment of China’s nuclear arsenal as Pentagon officials launch a campaign to win congressional support for allocating 4.1% of the fiscal 2021 defense budget to its own nuclear weapon enterprise.

Senators call for stronger sanctions on North Korea amid diplomatic stalemate
Voice of America2/25/20
U.S. senators are urging stronger sanctions enforcement amid a prolonged stalemate in denuclearization talks with North Korea.

ANALYSIS: Arms control decisions by Trump administration could be ‘imminent.’ Will China be involved?
Defense NewsAaron Mehta
With a major arms control agreement between the U.S. and Russia set to expire next February, members of the nonproliferation community have been watching for signs that negotiations may begin in earnest.

OPINION: The trade war we want China to win: China’s nuclear exports can challenge Russian dominance
The Atlantic CouncilDavid Yellen
As the U.S.-China trade war cools, China remains on the verge of dominating the nuclear industry, which is of great strategic importance both diplomatically and in combatting climate change.

Middle East

Failure to establish a zone free of nuclear arms in Mideast will hinder peace
Gulf Times2/26/20
Failure to establish a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction based on the 1995 resolution will increase tension, instability and hinder the attainment of peace and the path to sustainable development in the region, HE the Assistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah Rashid AlKhater, said yesterday.

OPINION: The Iran nuclear front: From deterioration to deadlock
The Jerusalem PostYonah Bob
The parties to the Iran nuclear deal met late Wednesday for the first time since several crucial changes took place, with the surprising signal being that the trajectory of the US-Iran standoff has cooled off a bit from deterioration to deadlock.


Britain confirms new nuclear warhead project after U.S. officials spill the beans
Defense News2/26/20
The British government has confirmed it is developing a new nuclear warhead for its missile submarines, days after the U.S. revealed the program was going ahead before Parliament had been informed.

German FM hosts nuclear non-proliferation gathering
Republic World2/25/20
Sweden and Germany on Tuesday called for a break in the “deadlock” on international nuclear weapons disarmament, amid fears of threats to global security.

Russian diplomat pushes for nuclear pact’s extension
U.S. News2/27/20
A Russian diplomat on Thursday reaffirmed Moscow’s push for extending the last remaining nuclear treaty with the United States, saying there is no time left to negotiate any changes to that.

Multilateral Arms Control

UN disarmament chief: nuclear arms race is threatening world
ABC News2/26/20
The U.N. disarmament chief warned Wednesday that the specter of an unbridled nuclear arms race is threatening the world for the first time since the 1970s, the height of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

UN Disarmament Chief visits Ottawa; FM Champagne outlines foreign policy priorities
Rideau Institute2/25/20
On 19 and 20 February the UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, spent two days in Ottawa.

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