Nuclear Policy News – June 1, 2020

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North Korea accuses U.S. of hurting its image with cyber threat warning

International perspectives on space weapons

OPINION: Never let a good crisis go to waste
Real Clear Defense

United States

U.S. State Department clears $1.4 billion sale of Patriot air and missile system to Kuwait
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.425 billion sale of Patriot air and missile defense system components and upgrades to Kuwait, the Pentagon said on Thursday after notifying Congress of the certification.

OPINION: Never let a good crisis go to waste
Real Clear Defense – Franklin Miller
“Never Let A Good Crisis Go to Waste,” a phrase popularized by Rahm Emanuel, has been embraced fully by the Washington-centric U.S. disarmament community during the COVID-19 crisis.

OPINION: Seeking peace in a pandemic
Inkstick – Masako Toki
As a disarmament education practitioner who has always derived inspiration and motivation from focusing on empowering young people, it’s been extraordinarily difficult to temper my disappointment these days.

East Asia

North Korea accuses U.S. of hurting its image with cyber threat warning
North Korea accused the United States of smear tactics on Friday after Washington renewed accusations last month that Pyongyang was responsible for malicious cyber attacks.

Seoul, Washington deliver new interceptor missiles onto THAAD base
Korea Herald5/29/20
New interceptor missiles were delivered to a US military base in South Korea on Friday to replace worn-out equipment, amid lingering opposition by local residents.

North Korea still operating, improving major nuclear fuel plant, experts say
A key source of material for North Korea’s nuclear program remains operational and continues to be updated, according to a coming report based on recent satellite photos that underscores the persistence of a top threat to U.S. national security.

Russia and Europe

OPINION: A plea for realism in Germany’s nuclear sharing debate
European Leadership Network – Maximilian Hoell
The debate about replacing Germany’s ageing Tornado fleet—the aircraft that would deliver an authorised nuclear strike from German soil—commenced in the early 2000s.

Multilateral Arms Control

International perspectives on space weapons
Little consensus exists in the international community on what constitutes a space weapon or the weaponization of space.

FIJI: Prohibition of Nuclear weapons treaty ratified
Parliament has unanimously voted to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons.

Nuclear watchdog says any U.S. test would be ‘grave challenge to peace’
The Guardian5/28/20
Lassina Zerbo, head of body monitoring test ban treaty, responds to White House discussions about potential first US test for 28 years.

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