Top News: UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear Associated Press Washington’s North Korea envoy doubtful of new Trump-Kim summit Japan Times After Iranian missile facility blows up, conspiracy theories abound in Tehran New York Times United States Pompeo pushes Iran arms embargo at U.N., Russia says U.S. knee on Iran’s neck Reuters6/30/20 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to extend an arms embargo on Iran before it expires in October, prompting Russia to slam Washington’s policy toward Tehran as like “putting a knee” to the country’s neck. OPINION: Nuclear tests and the Shoshone people Las Vegas Review JournalIan Zabarte 6/27/20 As a Shoshone, we always had horses. My grandfather always told me, “Stop kicking up dust.” Now I understand that it was because of the radioactive fallout. East Asia Washington’s North Korea envoy doubtful of new Trump-Kim summit Japan Times6/30/20 The U.S. pointman on North Korea voiced doubt Monday that President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un would meet again before the U.S. presidential election, although he held out hope for progress in nuclear negotiations. Middle East After Iranian missile facility blows up, conspiracy theories abound in Tehran New York Times6/29/20 Satellite photographs show the explosion happened at a missile production facility. Iran said the episode was a gas explosion at a different military base. Middle East risks renewed arms race, U.S. warns BBC6/29/20 The US and Saudi governments have made a joint public appeal to the UN Security Council to extend the 13-year old arms embargo on Iran or risk a renewed arms race in the Middle East. ANALYSIS: New Iranian missile could strike Central Europe Breaking DefenseRalph Savelsberg 6/29/20 On the 22nd of April, Iran surprised the world by successfully launching the Noor satellite, using a previously unknown Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) which they call Qased. Russia and Europe UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear Associated Press6/30/20 The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it’s still unclear what the cause was. U.S. refuses to ratify CTBT, lays groundwork for resuming nuclear tests, Russia says Tass6/30/20 Moscow calls on states which did not ratify or sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty to reconsider their stance. Multilateral Arms Control REPORT: The P5 Process: Opportunities for success in the NPT Review Conference European Leadership Network and Kings College London6/30/20 The P5 Process brings together the five nuclear-weapon states (NWS)—China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—recognised by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in a dedicated forum to discuss their unique responsibilities under the Treaty. Outer Space REPORT: Ballistic missile defence and outer space security: a strategic interdependence UNIDIRPaul Meyer 6/30/20 Today, international security is facing threats from a ‘devil’s triangle’ of arms capabilities, presented by offensive nuclear missiles, ballistic missile defence and outer space weaponization.