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U.S. will continue nuclear talks with Iran, White House says
Reuters

ANALYSIS: China: the forgotten nuclear power no more
Asia Times

Iran will not return to nuclear talks before new government is formed in Tehran
The Washington Post

United States

Pelosi feared Trump might use nuclear weapons in his last days in office, and asked a top general how stop it, book says
Insider 7/15/2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked a senior military official how to prevent President Donald Trump using nuclear weapons in his final days in office, according to extracts of a new book published by CNN.

U.S. will continue nuclear talks with Iran, White House says
Reuters7/14/2021
The United States will continue nuclear talks with Iran, the White House said on Wednesday, after an Iranian plot to kidnap a U.S.-based journalist was made public.

ANALYSIS: Why the U.S. once set off a nuclear bomb in space
National Geographic Brian Gutierrez
7/15/2021
The results from the 1962 Starfish Prime test serve as a warning of what might happen if Earth’s magnetic field gets blasted again with high doses of radiation.

ANALYSIS: Official: U.S. still wants to revive nuclear deal, despite Iran kidnap allegations
Politico Nahal Toosi
7/14/2021
Prosecutors have charged five people, including four Iranian intelligence operatives, in the alleged plot to kidnap an American journalist.

East Asia

ANALYSIS: China: the forgotten nuclear power no more
Asia Times David Santoro
7/15/2021
China’s nuclear arsenal expansion has sent mixed messages but regardless of intent will be an enduring problem for the U.S.

OPINION: Can China be a real partner in bringing North Korea to the nuclear negotiating table?
RAND Blog Soo Kim
7/14/2021
Prospects for productive U.S.-China cooperation on the North Korean nuclear threat seem faint at best.

Middle East

Gantz: We must ‘adapt our plans’ to prepare for a nuclear Iran
The Times of Israel7/15/2021
“Against the greatest threat — Iran arming itself with a nuclear weapon — we have no choice but to expand our force build-up, to continue to rely on our human capital and to adapt our capabilities and our plans,” Gantz said.

Iran will not return to nuclear talks before new government is formed in Tehran
The Washington Post7/14/2021
Iran has indicated that it will not return to talks aimed at a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal until after a new government headed by President-elect Ebrahim Raisi takes office next month, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Rouhani warns Iran could enrich uranium at weapons-grade levels
The Hill
7/14/2021
Iran’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said that the country had the ability to reach the 90 percent uranium enrichment level needed to manufacture nuclear weapons, though the government is still aiming to renegotiate the fractured 2015 nuclear deal.

OPINION: The Iran nuclear deal is doomed for failure
The Jerusalem Post Andrew Lövy
7/14/2021
The JCPOA contains many flaws that not only fail to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but actually grant Iran an internationally recognized path to nuclear weapons, in addition to emboldening the country’s military and regional ambitions.

Russia

Russia races to build giant ice-breakers for Arctic dominance
France 247/15/2021
At Saint Petersburg’s historic Baltic Shipyard, cranes hover over the shining Neva River as hundreds of workers build four nuclear-powered ice-breakers.