Top News: 2020 Adherence to and compliance with arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments (compliance report) U.S. Department of State U.S. plans more nuclear arms talks with Russia, maybe in July or August Reuters ANALYSIS: Escalation management and nuclear employment in Russian military strategy War on the Rocks United States 2020 Adherence to and compliance with arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments (compliance report) U.S. Department of State6/23/20 This Report assesses U.S. compliance with and adherence to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and related commitments in 2019, including confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs), as well as the compliance and adherence in 2019 of other nations to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments. U.S. plans more nuclear arms talks with Russia, maybe in July or August Reuters6/23/20 Russia and the United States hope to meet for a second round of nuclear arms control talks in Vienna as soon as practicable, possibly in late July or early August, the U.S. envoy to those talks said on Tuesday, the day after the first round took place. Large-scale Russian treaty violations revealed on eve of new talks Washington Times6/21/20 The Trump administration revealed on the eve of new arms talks with Russia nine major arms control agreement compliance failures by Moscow. ANALYSIS: Rethinking land-based nuclear missiles Union of Concerned Scientists – David Wright et al. 6/22/20 The United States developed its nuclear weapons policies early in the Cold War—some 60 years ago—and they were shaped by the weapons technologies of the time. East Asia U.S. continued to have ‘significant concerns’ about N.K. nuclear program in 2019: State Dept. Yonhap6/24/20 The United States continued to have “significant concerns” about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in 2019, the State Department said Tuesday, vowing to keep sanctions on the country until full denuclearization is achieved. Middle East U.N. Security Council to start talks on U.S. bid to extend Iran arms embargo Reuters6/23/20 The United Nations Security Council is due to hold a first round of talks on Wednesday on a U.S. proposal to indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran, which is currently set to end in October under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Russia and Europe U.S. seeks to widen nuclear arms deal with Russia Reuters6/23/20 The United States wants to broaden its main nuclear arms control agreement with Russia to include all their atomic weapons, a U.S. envoy said on Tuesday after talks with Moscow on a new accord. ANALYSIS: Escalation management and nuclear employment in Russian military strategy War on the Rocks – Michael Kofman, Anya Fink 6/23/20 Academics and arms control wonks are poring over the painfully worded text of a new Russian policy, reading the tea leaves for insights into Russian nuclear strategy.