Nuclear Policy News – March 29, 2021

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Israel: ‘We can destroy Iran’s nuclear programme’
Middle East Monitor

China, with $400 Billion Iran Deal, could deepen influence in Mideast
The New York Times

Three Russian submarines surface and break Arctic ice during drills

United States

ANALYSIS: The bombs that never went off
The AtlanticDavid Frum
The fall of the Soviet Union left behind a grim legacy of nuclear danger. After 30 years, the last weapons-grade uranium has been eliminated.

OPINION: How a U.S.-Iran deal helps red states
Foreign PolicyTrita Parsi
Republican districts stand to benefit most from the economic windfall that a revived JCPOA would bring.

East Asia

China, with $400 Billion Iran Deal, could deepen influence in Mideast
The New York Times3/27/21
The countries signed a sweeping pact on Saturday that calls for heavy Chinese investments in Iran over 25 years in exchange for oil — a step that could ease Iran’s international isolation.

North Korea doubles down on nuclear weapons plan after Biden’s salvo
Wall Street Journal3/27/21
Pyongyang says Biden’s comments after the regime’s recent missile tests threatens North Korean sovereignty.

Kim Jong Un and North Korea make a splash for Biden with ballistic missiles
Kim Jong Un’s regime fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan earlier this week, describing them early Friday as a new type of tactical guided weapon.

ANALYSIS: North Korea’s new nuclear gambit and the fate of denuclearization
BrookingsEvans Revere
In March 2012, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told a group of U.S. experts and former officials that North Korea would not denuclearize until the United States removed its “threat.”

Middle East

Israel: ‘We can destroy Iran’s nuclear programme’
Middle East Monitor3/27/21
A senior Israeli military official has declared on Friday that his country has the ability to “completely destroy Iran’s nuclear programme.”

Reviving Iran nuclear deal not a question of who goes first, U.S. official says
Who might take the first step to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is not an issue for the United States, a U.S. official said on Friday, suggesting greater flexibility on the part of Washington.

Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement
China and Iran, both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance.

Russia and Europe

Three Russian submarines surface and break Arctic ice during drills
Three Russian nuclear ballistic missile submarines have surfaced simultaneously breaking the Arctic ice during drills, reported the commander-in-chief of the Russian fleet at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin via videolink on Friday.

Putin hails Russian military’s performance in Arctic drills
Washington Post3/26/21
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hailed the military’s performance during recent Arctic drills, part of Moscow’s efforts to expand its presence in the polar region.

OPINION: Nuclear weapons blazing: Britain enters the U.S.-China fray
Middle East MonitorRamzy Baroud
Boris Johnson’s 16 March speech before the British Parliament was reminiscent, at least in tone, of that of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China.

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