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Russia’s envoy in Vienna meets with U.S. delegation to discuss Iran nuclear deal
Tass

North Korea warns U.S. over Biden’s ‘big blunder’
NPR

Israel prepares for impact of U.S.’s likely return to Iran nuclear deal
France 24

United States

OPINON: Is the U.S. military ready for a hypersonic weapons war?
Real Clear DefenseKris Osborn
5/3/21
The speeds at which these weapons maneuver, and the distances they can cover quickly, introduce new dimensions of threat tracking challenges for weapons planners at the Pentagon.

East Asia

North Korea warns U.S. over Biden’s ‘big blunder’
NPR5/2/21
North Korea warned on Sunday that the United States will face a grave situation if it continues to pursue its “hostile policy” toward Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Biden approach to North Korea nuclear policy ‘not aimed at hostility’: White House
Fox News5/3/21
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan responded to rebukes from Pyongyang by affirming that President Biden’s approach toward North Korea is “not aimed at hostility” but rather at “complete denuclearization.”

North Korea says Biden policy shows hostile U.S. intent, vows response
Reuters5/2/21
North Korea lashed out at the United States and its allies in South Korea on Sunday in a series of statements saying recent comments from Washington are proof of a hostile policy that requires a corresponding response from Pyongyang.

Middle East

Israel prepares for impact of U.S.’s likely return to Iran nuclear deal
France 245/2/21
As efforts continue in Vienna to bring the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran, Israel sent a high-level delegation of intelligence and defence officials to Washington last week to try to dissuade the US from returning to the accord, while at the same time, it prepares for after it does.

Israel’s ‘shadow war’ and plans to scupper Iran’s nuclear deal
Aljazeera5/3/21
Hawkish elements in Israel will continue to play a leading role moving forward on Tehran’s nuclear programme, analysts say.

A path back to a deal: U.S. and Iran make serious headway on nuclear talks
Independent5/3/21
As two crunch dates approach, hopes of a genuine breakthrough in the Iran nuclear negotiations currently taking place in Vienna are growing.

Russia and Europe

Russia’s envoy in Vienna meets with U.S. delegation to discuss Iran nuclear deal
Tass4/29/21
The talks are aimed at the full restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Russia successfully test-fires new ABM interceptor missile
Tass4/26/21
Russia’s Aerospace Force has successfully test-launched a new interceptor missile of the country’s anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense system at the Sary-Shagan proving ground in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday.