TOP NEWS Infrastructure Improvements at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility 38 North U.S. pushes allies to cut oil imports from Iran as sanctions loom Washington Post US military aims for $1B missile defense radar in Hawaii Washington Post Israel confident U.S. to keep protections in any Saudi nuclear power deal Reuters EAST ASIA U.S. Veterans Remember the Dead as Coffins Await Korean War Remains Time6/27/18 United States Forces Korea (USFK) this weekend moved scores of wooden caskets to the inter-Korean border in the hopes of receiving the remains of about 200 soldiers who died in the 1950-53 war. Infrastructure Improvements at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Research Facility 38 North6/26/18 Commercial satellite imagery from June 21 indicates that improvements to the infrastructure at North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center are continuing at a rapid pace. MIDDLE EAST U.S. pushes allies to cut oil imports from Iran as sanctions loom Washington Post6/26/18 U.S. officials are warning allies that they should prepare to cut oil imports from Iran to zero by November and that Washington will grant no waivers from secondary sanctions against foreign companies that continue to do business with Tehran, a State Department official said Tuesday. Israel confident U.S. to keep protections in any Saudi nuclear power deal Reuters6/26/18 Israel’s energy minister said on Tuesday after meeting Trump administration officials he is confident that the United States will not relax non-proliferation standards in any nuclear power deal it agrees with Saudi Arabia. U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY If North Korea disarms, will U.S. missile defense lose favor? Japan Times6/27/17 If the Singapore summit put North Korea on a path to eliminating its nuclear weapons, as President Donald Trump says it has, then it also may have poked a hole in the Pentagon’s main argument for a multibillion-dollar expansion of homeland missile defenses. US military aims for $1B missile defense radar in Hawaii Washington Post6/26/18 The U.S. military wants to install missile defense radar in Hawaii to identify any ballistic missiles that are fired from North Korea or elsewhere, officials said Tuesday. OPINION AND ANALYSIS Here’s how Trump finds out if North Korea is serious about giving up its nukes Fox NewsHarry Kazianis 6/26/18 Can the Trump Administration avoid the mistakes and traps of the past when it comes to North Korea? The forgotten side of arms control: enhancing U.S. competitive advantage, offsetting enemy strengths War on the RocksJohn Maurer 6/27/18 Arms control has never been purely cooperative. Rather, the United States employed arms control negotiations to build military-technological advantages over the Soviet Union. Will raising human rights issues really derail nuclear negotiations with North Korea? Washington Post6/27/18 There may be a potential diplomatic path for raising human rights issues with North Koreans in future nuclear negotiations. With North Korea, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough Foreign PolicyRobert Manning 6/26/18 Trump’s unilateral negotiating strategy will fail unless the United States collaborates with its regional allies — and adversaries — to forge a lasting peace. Trump’s North Korea farce is now plain for all to see Washington PostJennifer Rubin 6/26/18 Talks with North Korea without a timeline are more of the same diplomatic quicksand we’ve been through before.