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NSSA produces first upgraded warhead for sub-launched nukes
Breaking Defense

Iran’s president warns weapons-grade enrichment possible
Associated Press

Russia to discuss strategic stability with U.S. next week -RIA cites sources
Reuters

United States

NSSA produces first upgraded warhead for sub-launched nukes
Breaking Defense7/13/2021
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Tuesday that it has successfully completed the first production unit of the W88 Alt 370 warhead, a year late and millions over budget after a technical issue caused delays.

East Asia

ANALYSIS: DPRK strategic capabilities and security on the Korean Peninsula: looking ahead
International Institute for Strategic Studies7/14/2021
Believing that Russian–U.S. cooperation could play an important role in developing and implementing proposals for denuclearisation and creating lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, the Moscow-based Center for Energy and Security Studies and the IISS undertook a joint assessment of North Korea’s progress in developing nuclear and missile capabilities and an examination of possible international steps towards a solution.

OPINION: Let’s not get into a nuclear arms race with China
SlateFred Kaplan
7/13/2021
China’s new missile silos are concerning—but we already have more than enough weapons to counter them.

OPINION: North Korean nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to China
RAND BlogBruce W. Bennett and Diana Y. Myers
7/13/2021
Despite the current border closures between their two countries, China and North Korea remain resolutely pledged to a “blood-alliance.” But this partnership has vastly different implications depending on which side of the border you consider.

Middle East

Iran’s president warns weapons-grade enrichment possible
Associated Press7/14/2021
Iran’s outgoing president on Wednesday warned his country could enrich uranium at weapons-grade levels of 90% if it chose, though it still wanted to save its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

The Iran nuclear deal, six years on
Al Jazeera7/14/2021
World powers party to the nuclear deal hope to restore it soon as the best option available to ensure non-proliferation.

Iran talks seen withering until august as oil market heats up
Bloomberg7/13/2021
Nuclear talks between world powers and Iran aren’t likely to resume until after the Islamic Republic installs its new president next month, all but eliminating the chances of an early resurrection of their accord struck six years ago Wednesday and a jump in Iranian oil exports.

Iran pressuring U.S. on sanctions ahead of rejoining nuclear agreement
The Jerusalem Post7/13/2021
Many of the sanctions imposed by the administration of then-President Donald Trump after the 2018 U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA hobbled the Iranian economy, punishing the regime.

Israel urges visiting U.S. lawmakers to oppose reviving Iran-nuclear deal
New York Post7/13/2021
Leaders of Israel’s new government told a visiting bipartisan congressional delegation they oppose President Biden and the United States re-entering the Iran-nuclear deal, according to participant Rep. Nicole Malliotakis.

Russia and Europe

Russia to discuss strategic stability with U.S. next week -RIA cites sources
Reuters7/14/2021
Nuclear strategic stability talks between Russia and the United States will take place in a week, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday, citing sources in a Russian delegation at talks in Tajikistan.

ONLINE EVENT: Nuclear deterrence and strategic stability: a controversial symbiosis
Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia of the Monterey Institute of International StudiesAlexei Arbatov
7/13/2021
Alexei Arbatov spoke at the online event, Georgy Arbatov Memorial Lecture Series, hosted by the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has participated as a member of official delegations of various arms control negotiations including those for START I. He spoke on the real-world understanding of nuclear deterrence.