Top News Crisis in U.S. Nuclear Talks With Pyongyang Not China’s Doing, Experts Say Foreign Policy Pompeo’s North Korea meeting went ‘as badly as it could have gone’ CNN Smiling Buddha: India’s First Nuclear Test BBC News A No-Cost, No-Brainer of a Nuclear Deal Defense OneJoe Cirincione EAST ASIA Crisis in U.S. Nuclear Talks With Pyongyang Not China’s Doing, Experts Say Foreign Policy7/10/18 Beijing is angry over the U.S. trade war, but Trump’s own mishandling of North Korea talks are the main problem. Pompeo’s North Korea meeting went ‘as badly as it could have gone’ CNN7/11/18 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s overnight visit to Pyongyang last week failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, leading one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went “as badly as it could have gone.” SOUTH ASIA Smiling Buddha: India’s First Nuclear Test BBC News7/11/18 The inside story of how India secretly developed and exploded an atomic device in 1974. India called it a Peaceful Nuclear Explosion, though the experimental device was in effect a plutonium bomb. OPINION AND ANALYSIS A No-Cost, No-Brainer of a Nuclear Deal Defense OneJoe Cirincione 7/10/18 Extending New START would be an easy win out of the Trump-Putin summit. Trump’s Deal Is All Show, No Reality in Pyongyang Foreign PolicyVictor Cha 7/10/18 Negotiations with North Korea are a grueling process. The president’s empty boasts don’t help. After North Korea’s swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed Los Angeles TimesTracy Wilkinson 7/10/18 Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say. Don’t Give Russia the Gift of Extending New START Defense OneMatthew R. Costlow 7/10/18 With Moscow’s recent behavior, there’s no need to rush on a treaty that still has nearly three years to run. How America Planned to Win a War Against Russia: Nuke the Satellites The National InterestDavid Axe 7/11/18 In 1962, U.S. president John F. Kennedy was in a bind. He was eager to negotiate a nuclear test ban with the Soviet Union. But the Soviets had recently shattered a three-year test moratorium and now Kennedy was under pressure to respond with a display of strength.