Top News Trump willing to meet leaders of Russia, China, Britain, France on arms control Reuters U.N. nuclear watchdog admonishes Iran for denying access to two sites Reuters U.S. targets North Korea hacking as nuclear talks sputter Washington Times United States Trump willing to meet leaders of Russia, China, Britain, France on arms control Reuters2/28/20 U.S. President Donald Trump is willing to hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, China, Britain and France – the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – to discuss arms control, a senior administration official said on Friday. Raytheon will enhanced Patriot air defense missile systems for 17 countries Army Recognition3/1/20 American Company Raytheon is enhancing the combat-proven Patriot™ Air and Missile Defense System under a $314 million task order for engineering services from the U.S. Army, awarded on January 30. U.S. targets North Korea hacking as nuclear talks sputter Washington Times3/1/20 U.S. officials are engaged in an intense behind-the-scenes campaign with foreign allies to cripple North Korea’s cyberhacking and fundraising capabilities, as consensus grows in the Trump administration that nuclear talks with Pyongyang will remain stalled for the coming year. OPINION: No one wins an arms race or a nuclear war Arms Control AssociationDaryl Kimball 3/1/20 Fulfilling a goal outlined in its 2018 Nuclear Posture Review report, the Trump administration acknowledged last month that the United States has deployed for the first time a low-yield nuclear warhead on some U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). East Asia Defense chief says N.K. striving for weapons development amid little progress in dialogue Yonhap News3/2/20 North Korea is concentrating on its weapons development while remaining unresponsive to offers for talks, South Korea’s defense chief said Monday, as the North flexed its military muscles with two projectile launches for the first time in three months. Even amid virus scare, North Korea continues weapons tests Voice of America3/2/20 North Korea launched two short-range projectiles Monday, South Korea’s military said — a move that comes as the North scrambles to prevent a potentially disastrous coronavirus outbreak within its borders. U.S. charges two Chinese nationals with helping North Korea steal millions in cryptocurrency Reuters3/3/20 The U.S. Justice Department charged two Chinese nationals with laundering more than $100 million in cryptocurrency on behalf of North Korea, in court filings that detail Pyongyang’s use of hackers to circumvent sanctions. Middle East U.N. nuclear watchdog admonishes Iran for denying access to two sites Reuters3/2/20 The U.N. watchdog policing Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers admonished Tehran on Tuesday for failing to provide access to two undeclared locations or fully answer its questions about past activities there. Multilateral Arms Control OPINION: Uncertainty haunts the future of non-proliferation treaty and disarmament In Depth NewsTariq Rauf 2/27/20 August 6 and August 9 will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Chemical spill over: How the upcoming OPCW report on Syria could impact nuclear arms control European Leadership Network3/2/20 2020 is likely to prove a pivotal year for the future of arms control. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference is approaching and the prospects of New START and the Treaty on Open Skies are hanging in the balance.