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Iran says to advance nuclear program with more determination
Tehran Times

Top EU diplomat heading to Iran amid nuclear tensions
Al Jazeera

ANALYSIS: How to approach the North Korea problem in 2020
Center for American Progress

United States

SECNAV Modly Wants Navy ‘All Ahead Full’ on Hypersonic Weapons in 2020
USNI1/31/20
The Navy will focus in 2020 on developing hypersonic weapons at breakneck speed, with testing to occur throughout the year, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Friday in a message to the fleet.

Some Portsmouth DUF6 to be directed to NNSA nuke program
Exchange Monitor1/31/20
The National Nuclear Security Administration has decided to use a cleanup facility in Ohio to help produce high-purity depleted uranium metal for nuclear weapons programs.

ANALYSIS: Military facing tight deadlines to modernize nuclear triad
National Defense MagazineYasmine Tadjdeh
1/31/20
All three legs of the United States’ nuclear triad are rapidly approaching the end of their planned service lives. Officials from both the Air Force and Navy are racing against tight schedules to bring new platforms online to replace them.

East Asia

U.S. pressure on Iran to continue despite lifting sanctions on China’s COSCO unit, official says
Reuters2/1/20
A decision by the United States to lift sanctions on one of two units of the Chinese tanker company COSCO was not a sign that the Trump administration was letting up on its “maximum pressure” against Iran, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday.

ANALYSIS: How to approach the North Korea problem in 2020
Center for American ProgressHaneul Lee
2/3/20
As Kim Jong Un’s self-imposed deadline to make progress in negotiations with the United States by the end of 2019 approached, there was widespread speculation that North Korea would resume long-range missile tests.

Middle East

Iran says to advance nuclear program with more determination
Tehran Times2/2/20
The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has said Iran will advance its nuclear program with more determination, describing as “worthless” and “ineffective” the recent U.S. sanctions on AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi.

Iran to launch observation satellite in ‘coming days’
Space Daily2/1/20
Iran is preparing to launch a new scientific observation satellite in the “coming days”, the head of the country’s national space agency told AFP on Saturday.

Russia/Europe

Top EU diplomat heading to Iran amid nuclear tensions
Al Jazeera2/3/20
The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell is on his way to Iran, his first trip since taking office in December, aimed at reducing tensions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme.

South Asia

US launches multiagency probe into Pakistan nuclear smuggling network
Economic Times2/3/20
The USA has launched a multi-agency probe after an illegal proliferation network that smuggled sensitive equipment and technologies from United States for the nuclear weapon program in Islamabad was unearthed.