Top News South Korea’s Leader Floats 3-Way Talks With Trump and Kim Jong-un The New York Times Israeli minister says 2007 strike on suspected Syrian reactor a message to Iran Reuters Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss opposition to Iran nuclear deal USA Today China and Russia are ‘aggressively pursuing’ hypersonic weapons, and the US can’t defend against them, top nuclear commander says CNBC EAST ASIA N. Korea will not give up nuclear weapons: Mearsheimer Yonhap News3/20/18 There’s no way North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons because they have no reason to believe the United States will implement any denuclearization deal between them, John Mearsheimer, a professor at the University of Chicago well known for his realist views on international politics, said Tuesday. South Korea’s Moon says three-way summit with North Korea, U.S. possible Reuters3/20/18 South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday a three-way summit with North Korea and the United States is possible and that talks should aim for an end to the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula. South Korea’s Leader Floats 3-Way Talks With Trump and Kim Jong-un The New York Times3/21/18 President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said on Wednesday that he and President Trump could sit down for a three-way summit meeting with Kim Jong-un if their individual meetings with North Korean leader on denuclearizing his country proceed well in the coming weeks. North Korea says sanctions did not push it to seek US talks BBC News3/21/18 North Korean state media has said it was “self-confidence” and not sanctions that drove it to seek talks with South Korea and the US. North Korea denuclearization not on the agenda in Helsinki talks: Finland Reuters3/20/18 Denuclearization is not on the agenda of a meeting in Finland between delegations from North Korea, South Korea and the United States, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini said on Tuesday. MIDDLE EAST Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns Iran Reuters3/20/18 Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Israel admits striking suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 BBC News3/21/18 Israel has for the first time confirmed that it destroyed a suspected nuclear reactor being built in Syria in 2007. Israeli minister says 2007 strike on suspected Syrian reactor a message to Iran Reuters3/21/18 Israel’s 2007 bombing of a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor was a message to Iran that Israel would not allow it to obtain nuclear weaponry, the Israeli intelligence minister said on Wednesday. Israel Says It Destroyed Syrian Nuclear Reactor in 2007 Wall Street Journal3/21/18 Operation is a message to countries like Iran who threaten country’s existence, tweets Israeli intelligence minister Israeli military confirms it hit Syrian nuclear site in 2007 ABC News3/21/18 The Israeli military confirmed Wednesday it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy over one of its most daring and mysterious operations in recent memory. The Israeli Military Has Admitted to Striking a Suspected Syrian Nuclear Reactor in 2007 TIME3/21/18 The Israeli military confirmed Wednesday it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy over one of its most daring and mysterious operations in recent memory. Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss opposition to Iran nuclear deal USA Today3/20/18 The future of the Iran nuclear agreement loomed over talks Tuesday between President Trump and the emerging young leader of Saudi Arabia. U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY To deter Russia, US needs new low-yield nukes, says STRATCOM head Defense News3/20/18 During a congressional hearing, the head of U.S. Strategic Command defended the Trump administration’s view that the United States will need new low-yield nuclear weapons to help deter Russia. Nuclear warhead manager seeks FY19 funding for new nuke designs Defense News3/20/18 The agency in charge of managing America’s nuclear warheads is in discussions with the Office of Management and Budget about getting funding to start work on two new nuclear capabilities sought by the Trump administration. China and Russia are ‘aggressively pursuing’ hypersonic weapons, and the US can’t defend against them, top nuclear commander says CNBC3/20/18 America’s top nuclear commander said the U.S. doesn’t have defenses against hypersonic weapons. Stratcom Chief Testifies on Command’s Readiness to Deter, Respond DoD News3/20/18 U.S. Strategic Command forces are prepared to deter strategic attack and employ forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of the nation and its allies, the Stratcom commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee here today. OPINION AND ANALYSIS How to Steer the Saudi Crown Prince Away from a Nuclear Weapon The National InterestVictor Gilinsky and Henry Sokolski 3/20/18 In a recent 60 Minutes interview the Saudi crown prince, the effective ruler, cast a new light on the proposed U.S.-Saudi nuclear energy cooperation agreement that he and the Trump administration would like to seal: “Without a doubt,” the prince said, “if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.” ‘Fixing’ the Iran Nuke Deal Ahead of North Korea Talks Is a Terrible Idea Foreign PolicyPhilip Gordon 3/20/18 The road to Pyongyang does not pass through Tehran. The Foal Eagle Show Goes On, With North Korea Diplomacy in the Background The DiplomatAnkit Panda 3/21/18 The United States and South Korea have confirmed that their annual mass mobilization military exercise, Foal Eagle, will begin on April 1 after a postponement earlier in the year for the Winter Olympics. What Trump Needs To Know Before Talks With North Korea NPRScott Snyder 3/20/18 North Korea has earned a reputation as a country that knows how to play a weak diplomatic hand well. A Mideast Nuclear Deal Trump Might Actually Like The AtlanticKrishnadev Calamur 3/20/18 Saudi Arabia wants to buy U.S. nuclear reactors—and, in contrast to Iran, it’s charming the president.