Nuclear Policy News – February 6, 2020

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U.S. to start negotiating with Russia on nuclear arms control soon

Russia voices concern over new U.S. submarine-launched nuclear weapon
Military Times

Director General Grossi Outlines Plans to “Recalibrate” IAEA

United States

U.S. to start negotiating with Russia on nuclear arms control soon
The Trump administration will soon start nuclear negotiations with Russia, U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Wednesday, speaking exactly one year before the last remaining U.S. nuclear arms pact with Moscow is set to expire.

U.S. launches long-range missile one year before last nuclear treaty with Russia set to expire
The United States has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) exactly one year ahead of the day a major nuclear treaty with Russia was set to expire.

Open for business: NNSA, LLNL celebrate the dedication of new Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory
Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) gathered with elected leaders and industry professionals recently to dedicate and tour the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, a new collaborative hub intended to spur public-private partnerships.

East Asia

North Korea is an “illegal nuclear power,” IAEA chief insists
NK News2/5/20
IAEA Director General Grossi said DPRK will present an “enormous challenge” if agency is allowed back in the country.

White House Official: China Should Join Nuclear Arms Talks With Russia
Voice of America2/5/20
U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Wednesday that China should join the United States in trilateral arms talks with Russia.

ANALYSIS: China’s modernizing military
Council on Foreign RelationsLindsay Maizland
The Chinese government is working to make its military stronger, more efficient, and more technologically advanced to become a top-tier force within thirty years.

Middle East

U.N. watchdog sees no new Iranian violations of nuclear deal
Iran has not taken further steps to violate its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers since it renounced last month all restraints imposed by the agreement, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Wednesday.


Russia voices concern over new U.S. submarine-launched nuclear weapon
Military Times2/5/20
A senior Russian diplomat raised concern Wednesday about the United States deploying a new submarine-launched nuclear weapon, saying the move signaled Washington’s belief that it could wage a limited nuclear conflict.

Greece to send Patriot missiles and expert staff to Saudi Arabia
Greek City Times2/5/20
Greece will send some of its Patriot defense missiles to Saudi Arabia under a programme involving the U.S., Britain and France, Government spokesman Stelios Petsas announced on Tuesday.

Multilateral Arms Control

Director General Grossi Outlines Plans to “Recalibrate” IAEA
Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi spoke about his plans to “recalibrate” the work of the IAEA at a prominent think-tank event in Washington D.C. today, signalling he would pay special attention to areas ranging from nuclear safety and security to cancer care and gender parity.

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