Top News: ANALYSIS: Despite talk of options on Iran, U.S. has few good ones Reuters OPINION: The overreaction to China’s new nuclear silos Responsible Statecraft Air force nuclear cruise missiles seen costing about $29 billion Bloomberg United States USAF conducts maiden hypersonic weapon warhead test The Defense Post7/16/2021 The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has detonated an AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) warhead in a first-time test. Air force nuclear cruise missiles seen costing about $29 billion Bloomberg7/15/2021 The U.S. Air Force’s new nuclear cruise missile will cost at least $29 billion to develop, procure, operate and sustain, a Pentagon evaluation found. REPORT: Countering weapons of mass destruction: Opportunities for DHS to better address longstanding program challenges GAO7/16/2021 GAO observed that significant challenges remained at the CWMD office—such as low employee morale and questions about program efficacy. GAO has ongoing work evaluating these issues and plans to issue a report in early 2022. East Asia SURVEY: Most South Koreans don’t believe North will denuclearize UPI7/16/2021 More than 9 in 10 South Koreans don’t believe Pyongyang is willing to give up its nuclear weapons, according to a new survey by government-run think tank Korea Institute for National Unification. OPINION: The overreaction to China’s new nuclear silos Responsible StatecraftDaniel Larison 7/16/2021 Panicking over this development would just encourage Beijing to increase its arsenal more than it already is. Middle East ANALYSIS: Despite talk of options on Iran, U.S. has few good ones ReutersArshad Mohammed 7/15/2021 U.S. President Joe Biden has few real diplomatic alternatives to trying to persuade Iran to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal and all appear harder to achieve, current and former U.S. and European officials said. ANALYSIS: The Iran conundrum: what should Israel do if there’s no nuclear deal? HaaretzAlon Pinkas 7/15/2021 With Tehran calling a temporary halt to nuclear talks with the U.S., it’s time for Israel to drop the bumper-sticker platitudes and start developing a clear strategy for what might come next. REPORT: Iran nuclear talks stalled while U.S. waits for Raisi Foreign PolicyMichael Hirsh 7/15/2021 Hopes for a fast deal—or any deal at all—are fading. International Affairs OPINION: Addressing nuclear harm: Prioritisation for the first meeting of states parties of the TPNW Article 36Elizabeth Minor July 2021 Addressing the ongoing harm to people and places from the past use and testing of nuclear weapons will be a long-term commitment under the TPNW.