Top News: Radiation leak in Europe points to a possible Russian weapons test Popular Mechanics U.S. eyes nuclear tests in show of force reaction to latest Russia, China moves Washington Times Russia to speed up S-400 delivery to India amid China standoff Moscow Times United States U.S. eyes nuclear tests in show of force reaction to latest Russia, China moves Washington Times6/28/20 It has been nearly 30 years since the U.S. last tested a nuclear bomb, but the Trump administration and its allies on Capitol Hill are teasing a return while Russia conducts its own secretive underground experiments and China gives deep concerns to the national security community. PRESS RELEASE: Cantwell blasts “egregious” legislation that could divert billions from nuclear waste clean-up U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell6/29/20 Senate currently debating bill that would erode civilian control over spending on nuclear arsenal. East Asia OPINION: The China-Russia-Iran arms alliance Wallstreet JournalEditorial Board 6/26/20 China doesn’t want to destroy global institutions so much as remake them in its image. PLA flies aircraft to Taiwan, both US and Taiwan military activities targeted Global Times6/26/20 For the eighth time in June, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sent military aircraft to Taiwan’s southwestern “airspace” on Friday. ‘US to blame’ for new freeze on Korean peninsula Asia Times6/26/20 South Korean presidential advisor takes the gloves off and blames Washington for recent sharp deterioration in North-South relations. A new superpower competition between Beijing and Washington: China’s nuclear buildup New York Times6/30/20 The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat. Middle East OPINION: IAEA board resolution criticizing Iran is only the first step NewsweekBob Nagel, Andrea Stricker 6/28/20 On June 19, the key policymaking organ of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution calling on the Islamic Republic of Iran to cooperate with the watchdog’s ongoing probe into its nuclear activities. US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal Associated PressJon Gambrell 6/28/20 An expiring United Nations weapons embargo on Iran must remain in place to prevent it from “becoming the arms dealer of choice for rogue regimes and terrorist organizations around the world,” the U.S. special representative to Iran said Sunday. Russia and Europe Russia to speed up S-400 delivery to India amid China standoff Moscow Times6/26/20 Russia will accelerate S-400 air defense system deliveries to India by a year following tense standoffs with China and Pakistan in contested border regions, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday. Radiation leak in Europe points to a possible Russian weapons test Popular Mechanics6/29/20 This isn’t the first time Europe’s detected radiation leaks likely originating from Russia.