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Gorbachev expects Biden to extend last Cold War arms deal, but says more needed
Reuters

As impeachment looms, Nancy Pelosi urges military to keep Donald Trump away from nuclear codes
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North Korea threatens to build more nukes, cites U.S. hostility
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United States

As impeachment looms, Nancy Pelosi urges military to keep Donald Trump away from nuclear codes
Reuters1/8/20
An increasingly isolated President Donald Trump sought on Friday to stave off a new drive to impeach him and Twitter permanently suspended his account, two days after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an assault on American democracy.

OPINION: Trump has the authority to launch nuclear weapons — whether Pelosi likes it or not
VoxJennifer Williams, Alex Ward
1/8/20
Playing politics with control of the US nuclear arsenal is inappropriate — and dangerous.

East Asia

Kim Jong Un says North Korea is developing tactical nukes, new warheads and a nuclear-powered submarine
CNN1/9/20
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is developing new weaponry including a nuclear-powered submarine, tactical nuclear weapons and advanced warheads designed to penetrate missile defense systems.

North Korea threatens to build more nukes, cites U.S. hostility
Associated Press1/9/20
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal as he disclosed a list of high-tech weapons systems under development, saying the fate of relations with the United States depends on whether it abandons its hostile policy, state media reported Saturday.

China challenges the U.S. to reduce its nuclear arsenal to same level
Reuters1/7/20
If the United States were willing to reduce its nuclear arsenal to China’s level, China would “be happy to” participate in trilateral arms control negotiation with the U.S and Russia, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday.

Middle East

Iran will expel U.N. nuclear inspectors unless sanctions are lifted
Reuters1/9/20
Iran will expel United Nations nuclear watchdog inspectors unless U.S. sanctions are lifted by a Feb. 21 deadline set by the hardline-dominated parliament, a lawmaker said on Saturday.

IAEA chief says matter of weeks left to revive Iran nuclear diplomacy
Reuters1/11/20
Reviving Iran’s nuclear deal must happen within the coming weeks, U.N. atomic watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said on Monday after Tehran resumed 20% uranium enrichment and its parliament threatened to curb access for U.N. inspectors in February.

OPINION: Why Biden’s plan to rejoin the Iran deal makes no sense
Foreign PolicyRichard Goldenberg, Mark Dubowitz
1/8/20
This week’s escalation of tensions by Tehran looks like blackmail to force Biden to abandon sanctions—and give up leverage over the regime.

Russia and Europe

ANALYSIS: Russia analyst: What are the Kremlin’s priorities for 2021?
Defense NewsDmitri Trenin
1/11/20
Top of the list of the Kremlin’s defense industrial priorities in the past decade has been Russia’s nuclear forces.

Gorbachev expects Biden to extend last Cold War arms deal, but says more needed
Reuters1/11/20
Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, said he expects U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last major nuclear arms control treaty between Moscow and Washington when it expires next month, but that the two countries have much more to do.