Top News

Members of Germany’s ruling coalition tell Trump to take U.S. nukes home
Politico

Navy sends ships to Russia’s Barents Sea for first time since 1980s
NBC

North Korea’s new fertilizer plant seen as linked to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program
Forbes

United States

Pompeo reaffirms U.S. mission to denuke N.K. after Kim’s return to public eye
Yonhap5/4/20
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has renewed Washington’s goal of denuclearizing North Korea and creating a “bright future” for its people after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s return to the public eye following his 20-day absence.

Navy sends ships to Russia’s Barents Sea for first time since 1980s
NBC5/5/20
Military tensions between the U.S. and Russia remain high six years after Russia annexed Crimea from neighboring Ukraine.

East Asia

North Korea’s new fertilizer plant seen as linked to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program
Forbes5/4/20
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s ebullient appearance at the opening of a fertilizer plant 30 miles north of Pyongyang opens a new chapter in the non-stop saga of figuring out not only his basic health but also his nuclear program.

ANALYSIS: Pinpointing China’s new plutonium reprocessing plant
Bulletin of Atomic ScientistsHui Zhang
5/5/20
Over the last decade, China has been actively pursuing plans to recycle its spent nuclear fuel.

16 Japan lenders refrain from investing in nuke-linked companies
Kyodo News5/3/20
Sixteen Japanese financial institutions have refrained from investing in and extending loans to companies involved in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons and delivery missiles, according to a Kyodo News survey released Sunday.

Middle East

Iranian military satellite launchers can be retooled to handle ballistic missiles, think tank IISS warns
The National5/4/20
Iran’s satellite launchers could be “easily modified” into ballistic missiles following the first successful mission of a military orbiter, an international think tank has warned.

Russia and Europe

Members of Germany’s ruling coalition tell Trump to take U.S. nukes home
Politico5/3/20
Berlin’s center left is reopening an old debate about whether to remain under Washington’s protective nuclear umbrella.

Germany underscores commitment to US nuclear deterrence
DW5/4/20
Berlin says the US nuclear umbrella extending into Germany remains part of its adherence to NATO deterrence. Some Social Democrats in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition want rid of German warplanes kept ready.

Multilateral Arms Control

OPINION: Why nuclear arms control matters today
AFSAThomas Countryman
5/4/20
Before 2017, every U.S. president dating back to John F. Kennedy proposed and pursued negotiations with Moscow as a means to regulate destabilizing nuclear arms competition and reduce the risk of the United States and its allies being destroyed in a nuclear war.

OPINION: Fulfilling the promise of the NPT
Arms Control AssociationDaryl Kimball
5/4/20
As global leaders appropriately focus on the steps necessary to deal with the deadly effects of the coronavirus pandemic, they cannot afford to lose sight of the actions necessary to address the ongoing threat of nuclear proliferation and catastrophic nuclear war—the ultimate pandemic.