Top News: U.S. Air Force’s F-15E completes certification to deliver B61-12 nuclear weapon The Diplomat ANALYSIS: Pyongyang calling – What we know about the hotlines to North Korea Reuters U.S. envoy: U.S., Russia agree on June nuclear arms control talks, invite China CGTN United States U.S. officials laud successful B61 tests over Nevada desert Associated Press6/8/20 A test over the Nevada desert has confirmed that the latest version of the nation’s B61 nuclear bomb is compatible with the U.S. Air Force’s primary fighter plane, defense officials and researchers at Sandia National Laboratories said Monday. U.S. Air Force’s F-15E completes certification to deliver B61-12 nuclear weapon The Diplomat6/9/20 The improved, guided gravity bomb is slated to undergo certification for other aircraft, including the F-35A. New bill introduced that would stop a president from using nuclear bombs on a hurricane Business Insider6/8/20 A bill that would prohibit the president or any other federal agency from using nuclear weapons to alter “weather patterns or addressing climate change,” was introduced in Congress on June 1, The Washington Post reported. OPINION: Don’t bomb America again The Hill – Jennifer Seelig, Ryan Wilcox 6/9/20 For many in this country, the horrors of nuclear testing never ended. East Asia North Korea building up nuclear arsenal, researchers say UPI6/9/20 North Korea may have as many as 35 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, up from a previous estimate, according to a Japanese think tank. North Korea cuts off all communication with South Korea Associated Press6/8/20 North Korea said it was cutting off all communication channels with South Korea on Tuesday, a move experts say could signal Pyongyang has grown frustrated that Seoul has failed to revive lucrative inter-Korean economic projects and persuade the United States to ease sanctions. ANALYSIS: Pyongyang calling – What we know about the hotlines to North Korea Reuters – Josh Smith 6/9/20 North Korea has said it is cutting communication hotlines with South Korea, a tactic the isolated country has used repeatedly during periods of rising tension. Russia and Europe Russia rejects US drive for permanent Iran arms embargo Associated Press6/8/20 Russia’s foreign minister is accusing the Trump administration of unleashing a politically motivated campaign against Iran and is calling for “universal condemnation” of the U.S. attempt to get the U.N. Security Council to impose a permanent arms embargo against the Islamic Republic. U.S. envoy: U.S., Russia agree on June nuclear arms control talks, invite China CGTN6/9/20 The United States and Russia have agreed on a time and place for nuclear arms negotiations in June and invited China, U.S. Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea wrote on Twitter on Monday.