Nuclear Policy News – May 25, 2018

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Trump Pulls Out of North Korea Summit Meeting With Kim Jong-un
The New York Times

After summit pullout, South Korea and China have little appetite for Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’
The Washington Post

Iran lists demands for staying in nuclear deal
The Guardian

U.S. Stocks Fall After Trump Nixes North Korea Summit
Wall Street Journal


Trump Pulls Out of North Korea Summit Meeting With Kim Jong-un
The New York Times5/24/18
President Trump on Thursday pulled out of a highly anticipated summit meeting with Kim Jong-un, accusing the North Koreans of bad faith and lamenting that “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”

‘A lot of dial tones’: The inside story of how Trump’s North Korea summit fell apart
The Washington Post5/24/18
The historic nuclear disarmament summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — the one that Trump thought might earn him the Nobel Peace Prize — crumbled nearly as quickly as it came together, in a sudden and startling decision Thursday morning by the American president.

After summit pullout, South Korea and China have little appetite for Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’
The Washington Post5/25/18
President Trump credited his “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions and threats with bringing North Korea to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear weapons program. Now, having abruptly decided to call off an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, Trump looks poised to revert to a hard line approach.

Trump’s cancellation of summit with Kim raises fears of renewed tensions, destabilization
The Washington Post5/24/18
President Trump’s abrupt decision Thursday to abort a summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left the White House scrambling to explain the outcome to allies amid fears that the collapse of talks would mean a return to heightened tensions between nuclear powers in East Asia.

Trump’s canceled North Korea summit: Art of the deal or no deal?
After President Donald Trump canceled a historic US-North Korea summit set for June 12, the administration said it would resume its maximum pressure campaign, signaled new sanctions are likely and expressed hope another meeting can be scheduled.

Inside North Korea’s nuclear test site demolition show
CBS News5/25/18
North Korea says it is still willing to sit down with the U.S. “at any time” after President Trump cancelled next month’s planned summit.

North Korea says it’s still willing to meet Trump after US President cancels summit
North Korea says Kim Jong Un is still willing to meet Donald Trump “at any time,” despite the US President’s abrupt cancellation of what would have been a historic summit between the two leaders, scheduled for June 12.


Iran complying with nuclear deal, but could do better: IAEA
Iran continues to comply with the terms of its nuclear deal with world powers despite the U.S. withdrawal, but could be faster and more proactive in allowing snap inspections, the U.N. atomic watchdog policing the accord said on Thursday.

Iran lists demands for staying in nuclear deal
The Guardian5/25/18
Officials say EU must present credible package by end of May to compensate for US sanctions

Vienna Meeting Is A Last-Ditch Effort To Save Iran Nuclear Deal
British, Chinese, French, German and Russian officials are meeting with Iran’s deputy foreign minister for the first time since the U.S. pulled out of the deal.

Germany’s Merkel says China and Germany standing by Iran nuclear deal
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday China and Germany are standing by the existing nuclear deal with Iran after the United States left the 2015 accord earlier this month.

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei lists demands for European powers
BBC News5/23/18
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has set out several conditions for staying in the nuclear deal with world powers.


Putin welcomes European efforts to save Iran nuclear deal
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia appreciated efforts by Europe to save the Iran nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States and warned of “lamentable consequences” if it was not preserved.

Britain ‘reliant on nuclear deterrent if it doesn’t invest’
The Times5/25/18
Britain will have to resort to nuclear weapons in a time of crisis unless it invests in a credible force of warships, personnel and jets to deter threats, the defence secretary has said.


U.N. chief sets out disarmament vision, from hand grenades to H-bombs
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres unveiled a global disarmament strategy on Thursday just as U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a summit on nuclear disarmament with North Korea’s leader.


Think Military Strikes Could Stop North Korea? Try It and See.
New York TimesMark Fitzpatrick
The results of any American military action against North Korea could be disastrous. To truly understand the consequences of what such a strike would mean, click through the options presented below.

Trump’s summit flip-flop risks fallout far beyond North Korea
The Washington PostJosh Rogin
It’s possible that, by pulling out of the U.S.-North Korea summit planned for next month, President Trump is setting up a future negotiation where the United States gets a better deal. But it’s far more likely that Trump’s reversal will lower the chances for successful diplomacy, strain alliances, harm U.S. credibility, increase tensions and make peace and security harder to achieve.

John Bolton’s Wrecking Ball Takes Down North Korea Summit
Daily BeastAnkit Panda
National Security Adviser John Bolton might just have gotten his wish: President Donald Trump has called off the June 12 summit meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. For weeks, Bolton has been working to set impossibly high expectations for the summit.

North Korea says it’s dismantling its nuclear test site. How significant is that?
The Washington PostOr Rabinowitz
Just now, the fate of the summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which Singapore is expecting to host June 12, is uncertain.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and the US-North Korea Summit Cancellation
The DiplomatFranz-Stefan Gady
The nixing of the U.S.-North Korea summit is one symptom of a larger malaise ailing U.S. foreign policy.

Trump’s Gamble Hits Reality Check in North Korea Negotiations
The New York TimesDavid E. Sanger
President Trump attempted a revolutionary approach to North Korea — a gamble that negotiating prowess and deal-making charm in a face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-un could accomplish what no American president or diplomat had dared to attempt in the 65 years since an uneasy armistice settled over the Korean Peninsula.

E.U. countries want to save the Iran nuclear deal. Don’t expect cooperation on U.S. sanctions.
The Washington PostBryan R. Early
On Saturday, the E.U. energy chief reassured Iranian officials that Europe would continue to honor the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement — despite the U.S. announcement this month that it would exit the agreement.

The North Korea summit has been canceled. Is anyone surprised, given what an unholy mess it was?
Los Angeles TimesThe Times Editorial Board
Seriously, is anyone really shocked that the much-discussed, much-heralded Summit of the Century between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been canceled?


U.S. Stocks Fall After Trump Nixes North Korea Summit
Wall Street Journal5/24/18
The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined Thursday after President Donald Trump called off a summit with North Korea, hitting investors with another wave of uncertainty.

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