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First step towards JCPOA restoration expected from U.S. – Russian diplomat
TASS

U.S. says only Tehran can determine next round of nuclear talks, will not impose deadline
Reuters

After U.S. denied deal, Iran says prisoner swap talks ongoing
Associated Press

United States

U.S. says only Tehran can determine next round of nuclear talks, will not impose deadline
Reuters7/12/2021
The United States will not impose a deadline on a seventh round of talks with Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, but only Tehran can determine when talks will resume, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday.

The weekly debrief: Hypersonic weapons set up as arms control bargaining chip
Aviation Week Network7/12/2021
Arms control is back on the U.S. political agenda, and the Pentagon’s long list of preoperational, hypersonic weapons programs may now be a bargaining chip.

East Asia

China launches first commercial onshore small reactor project
Reuters7/12/2021
China has started construction of the first commercial onshore nuclear project using its homegrown “Linglong One” small modular reactor (SMR) design, the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on Tuesday, about four years later than planned.

Middle East

After U.S. denied deal, Iran says prisoner swap talks ongoing
Associated Press7/13/2021
Iran’s government spokesman said Tuesday that talks with the United States about a prisoner exchange are still ongoing, two months after Washington denied an Iranian report that deals had been struck.

ANALYSIS: Iran’s uranium gambit is a dangerous negotiating tactic
Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsNaysan Rafati
7/13/2021
The production of enriched uranium metal, which can be used in the core of nuclear weapons, could have serious nonproliferation implications and adds a complication to already-laborious negotiations in Vienna aimed at restoring the JCPOA.

ANALYSIS: The west is waiting on one man to determine the fate of the Iran nuke deal
HaaretzAmos Harel
7/13/2021
The Biden administration would like a deal reached before Raisi’s inauguration in August, but it’s unlikely Khamenei will be convinced it’s worth his while.

OPINION: Can Israel trade China ties for U.S. help with Iran?
The Jerusalem PostEhud Eilam
7/12/2021
Israel could consider adjusting its policy about China according to U.S. interests, if the Biden administration gets tough on Iran.

Russia and Europe

First step towards JCPOA restoration expected from U.S. – Russian diplomat
TASS7/11/2021
According to Russian Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based international organizations Mikhail Ulyanov, a plan for the JCPOA’s restoration has already been elaborated.

REPORT: Germany’s upcoming election and the future of nuclear sharing
BrookingsJuly 2021
In a paper for the Brookings-Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative (BBTI), Steven Pifer describes the views of the major German political parties regarding the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons and “nuclear sharing” ahead of September’s federal elections, how negotiations for likely coalitions might address these issues, and how the U.S. can influence those negotiations.

South Asia

OPINION: India’s nuclear doctrine: The agni-p and the stability–instability paradox
RUSIDr Sidharth Kaushal, James Byrne, Joe Byrne and Gary Somerville
7/8/2021
The recent Agni-P missile represents a step towards what some see as a nascent Indian nuclear counterforce capability. The erosion of India’s doctrinal commitment to minimum deterrence carries important lessons regarding strategic stability.