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ANALYSIS: Russia’s nuclear weapons: Doctrine, forces, and modernization
Congressional Research Service

China nuclear missile development steps up a gear with test of weapon capable of hitting U.S. mainland
South China Morning Post

ANALYSIS: How the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general rekindled Kim Jong Un’s worst fears
Japan Times

United States

State fines Hanford nuclear site $1M for restricting info
Stars and Stripes1/6/20
The state of Washington has issued a $1 million fine to a federal nuclear weapons production site for restricting access to critical data.

Russia

ANALYSIS: Russia’s nuclear weapons: Doctrine, forces, and modernization
Congressional Research Service1/2/20
Russia’s nuclear forces consist of both long-range, strategic systems—including intercontinental ballstic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers—and shorter- and medium-range delivery systems.

Middle East

Russia sees no nuclear proliferation threat after Iran’s enrichment decision
Reuters1/6/20
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it saw no threat of nuclear weapons proliferation after Iran’s decision to abandon limitations on enriching uranium.

ANALYSIS: The choice that’s coming: an Iran with the bomb, or bombing Iran
New York TimesPhilip Gordon and Ariane Tabatabai
1/6/20
The Trump administration may find itself facing the very dilemma the nuclear deal was designed to avoid.

East Asia

U.S. needs to be more flexible in nuclear talks with N. Korea: Moon adviser
Yonhap News Agency1/7/20
A special security adviser to President Moon Jae-in said Monday that the United States needs to show flexibility to break the impasse in nuclear negotiations with North Korea.

China nuclear missile development steps up a gear with test of weapon capable of hitting U.S. mainland
South China Morning Post1/4/20
A Chinese military source says work on the JL-3 ‘Big Wave’ has been separated from development of its next generation Type 096 submarines to speed up the process.

ANALYSIS: The nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, working together, grow by the day
Daily BeastDonald Kirk and Christopher Dickey
1/6/20
By blowing away Soleimani, Trump wanted to show he is not a paper tiger. But his “disproportionate” actions may push North Korea and Iran to step up nuclear cooperation.

ANALYSIS: How the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general rekindled Kim Jong Un’s worst fears
Japan TimesJesse Johnson
1/7/20
With the order to kill a top Iranian general last week, U.S. President Donald Trump may have rekindled Kim Jong Un’s worst fears while simultaneously cementing the North Korean leader’s belief that relinquishing his nuclear arsenal would be tantamount to suicide.

South Asia

India, Pakistan exchange lists of nuclear sites pursuant to their non-attack agreement
The Diplomat1/6/20
The exchange of lists is the 29th consecutive one between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.