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Presidential message on the 75th anniversary of the Trinity nuclear test
White House

Explosion at Natanz: Why sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program could backfire
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Pompeo downplays possibility of summit with North Korea
Associated Press

United States

Presidential message on the 75th anniversary of the Trinity nuclear test
White House7/16/20
Seventy-five years ago today, on a rainy morning in the Jornada del Muerto desert of New Mexico, the United States ushered in the nuclear age with the detonation of the world’s first nuclear explosive device—an event code-named “Trinity.”

Pompeo downplays possibility of summit with North Korea
Associated Press7/16/20
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed the possibility of another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the U.S. presidential election, saying Trump would only want to engage if there were real prospects of progress.

OPINION: The dire lessons of the first nuclear bomb test
AxiosBryan Walsh
7/15/20
The Trinity nuclear test 75 years ago represented our first reckoning with a technology that could potentially destroy us.

OPINION: It’s been 75 years, and America still won’t admit a nuclear disaster
New York TimesJoshua Wheeler
7/15/20
When America detonated the world’s first atomic bomb at 0529 hours on July 16, 1945, it was an attack on American soil.

East Asia

China urges U.S. to reduce nuclear risks, boost global security
Xinhua7/17/20
The United States must take concrete steps to promote global strategic security, particularly in the field of nuclear weapons, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press conference here Thursday.

China threatens to starve US of key defence materials
The Times7/16/20
China could choke off the supply of critical rare-earth elements to the American defence contractor Lockheed Martin under new sanctions imposed on the company, state media have reported.

North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site: Minor caretaking activities continue
38 North7/16/20
Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from May to July indicates the site is being well maintained.

RESEARCH: North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs
Congressional Research Service7/14/20
North Korea continues to advance its nuclear weapons and missile programs despite high-level diplomatic efforts and UN Security Council sanctions.

ANALYSIS: Thinking the other unthinkable: Disarmament in North Korea and beyond
CarnegieToby Dalton, George Perkovich
7/16/20
Neither the governments attempting to negotiate with North Korea, nor the drafters of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, define what verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons and associated infrastructure would entail, whether in one country or in all.

Middle East

Explosion at Natanz: Why sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program could backfire
Bulletin of Atomic ScientistsMarsa Rouhi
7/15/20
An explosion and fire at a workshop at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on July 2, which destroyed the better part of an entire building, was followed by a flurry of speculation about the cause.

Russia/Europe

OPINION: Verification after the New START treaty: Back to the future
Real Clear DefenseBryan Smith
7/27/20
The New START Treaty verification regime is far less effective than that agreed to in the original START Treaty.