Nuclear Policy News – March 30, 2020

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NPT Review Conference to be postponed
Arms Control Today

North Korea says U.S. clearly doesn’t want nuclear talks
Associated Press

NATO: North Macedonia becomes 30th member

United States

NNSA contributes world-class supercomputers to COVID-19 fight
NNSA will apply its supercomputing capabilities and technical expertise in support of President Trump’s public-private consortium in the fight to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

PODCAST: Biden and the bomb
Arms Control Wonk3/26/20
Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

OPINION: Suspending sanctions on Iran during the COVID-19 crisis serves American interests
The DiplomatLucille Greer
A temporary suspension of sanctions now will serve the United States well in future negotiations with Iran.

East Asia

North Korea says U.S. clearly doesn’t want nuclear talks
Associated Press3/30/20
North Korea said Monday that “reckless remarks” by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear that Washington has no intention of resuming nuclear talks, and warned that it is now compelled to pay back “the pains the U.S. has imposed on our people.”

North Korea launches two short-range ballistic missiles
New York Times3/28/20
The country has carried out a handful of similar tests this month. The missiles fell into waters between the North and Japan.

Middle East

U.S. expected to renew waivers allowing foreign firms to work at Iranian nuclear sites
The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers has allowed Tehran to continue its nuclear program within certain limits in exchange for lifting of economic sanctions.

Iran Defense Minister says cruise missile warheads to become more powerful soon
Radio Farda3/27/20
Iran’s Defence Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami on March 26 said Iran has upgraded all its cruise missiles and is planning to increase the explosive power of their warheads, speed and maneuverability.

Russia and Europe

NATO: North Macedonia becomes 30th member
North Macedonia on Friday officially joined the NATO military alliance.

South Asia

The China-Pakistan nuclear nexus: how can India respond?
The DiplomatSaniana Gogna, Nasima Khatoon
Pakistan has been rapidly advancing its nuclear weapons capabilities with China’s help. What can India do about it?

Multilateral Arms Control

NPT Review Conference to be postponed
Arms Control Today3/27/20
The global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has forced a postponement of the 10th review conference of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), possibly until early 2021.

Global doctors on COVID-19 and nuclear war
We can’t afford another global health crisis.

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