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ANALYSIS: Reviving the Iran nuclear deal requires tackling these three issues
Washington Post

Blinken urges China to convince North Korea to give up nuclear arms
Al Jazeera

Iran, Russia denounce UK plan to boost nuclear arsenal
France 24

United States

Blinken urges China to convince North Korea to give up nuclear arms
Al Jazeera3/18/21
US’s top diplomat says Washington is considering both pressure and diplomatic options for dealing with North Korea.

ANALYSIS: Siloed thinking
Federation of American ScientistsMatt Korda
3/16/21
This review compiles a comprehensive, unclassified picture of the GBSD, while challenging many assumptions about the history, purpose, and utility of ICBMs.

East Asia

North Korean threat forces Biden into balancing act with China
New York Times3/18/21
Washington’s recent attempts to communicate with Pyongyang were rebuffed, leaving American officials to appeal to countries in the region to help pressure North Korea.

North Korea says it won’t restart nuclear discussions until U.S. drops its ‘hostile policies’
CNBC3/17/21
A top North Korean official said Pyongyang will not respond to numerous invitations to restart nuclear discussions until the United States drops its “hostile policies.”

Middle East

ANALYSIS: Reviving the Iran nuclear deal requires tackling these three issues
Washington PostEric Brewer, Henry Rome
3/18/21
Iran and the United States each say they want to revive the 2015 nuclear deal — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — but are waiting for the other to make the next move.

OPINION: Biden isn’t ignoring the Middle East, and that’s good
BloombergHal Brands
3/18/21
Striking Iran, sanctioning Saudi Arabia, convening on Afghanistan — who said the new administration was going to focus inward?

Russia and Europe

Britain is adding nukes for the first time since the cold war
The Economist3/18/21
Officials point to a growing nuclear threat from Russia and other rivals.

Russia hits back at UK move to boost nuclear reserves
Anadolu3/18/21
Kremlin spokesman says UK’s intention to increase nuclear potential harms international stability, strategic security.

Iran, Russia denounce UK plan to boost nuclear arsenal
France 243/18/21
Iran and Russia on Wednesday denounced the UK’s decision to bolster its nuclear arsenal, with the Islamic republic accusing it of “hypocrisy” and the Kremlin warning the move threatens international stability.