TOP NEWS S. Korea, U.N. to hold joint conference on disarmament, nonproliferation Yonhap News Agency United States ‘very actively’ asking North Korea to return to talks: South Korea Reuters Iran adds to breaches of nuclear deal with enrichment push: IAEA report Reuters Russia Report claims S-500 air defense system was ‘tested’ in Syria National Interest11/11/19 A defense industry source told Russian news outlet Izvestia last month that the S-500 recently underwent field testing in Syria, where the Russian Aerospace Forces continue to maintain a significant presence. East Asia S. Korea, U.N. to hold joint conference on disarmament, nonproliferation Yonhap News Agency11/12/19 South Korea and the disarmament office of the United Nations will hold a joint conference on disarmament and nonproliferation this week, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. South Korea developing its own nukes one solution to U.S. cost-sharing demands, ex-top diplomat says Japan Times11/12/19 With Washington reportedly demanding that South Korea pay more to have U.S. troops stationed in the country, a former South Korean foreign minister says he has a solution for Seoul: the development of its own nuclear arsenal. United States ‘very actively’ asking North Korea to return to talks: South Korea Reuters11/10/19 The United States is “very actively” trying to persuade North Korea to come back to negotiations, South Korea’s national security adviser said on Sunday, as a year-end North Korean deadline for U.S. flexibility approaches. Middle East Iran adds to breaches of nuclear deal with enrichment push: IAEA report Reuters11/11/19 Iran is enriching uranium at its underground Fordow site and rapidly accelerating enrichment more broadly, a report by the U.N. atomic watchdog showed on Monday, outlining Tehran’s latest breaches of its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. Europe should consider renewed sanctions on Iran, Germany suggests Reuters11/11/19 Germany, Britain and France should be ready to consider starting moves to reinstate international sanctions on Iran over breaches of its 2015 nuclear deal, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday. Iran sees lifting of U.N. arms embargo in 2020 as ‘huge political goal’ Reuters11/11/19 President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday Iran would regain access to the international arms market later next year if it stuck to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and this would prove “a huge political success”. Analysis/Commentary Hypersonic weapons: tactical uses and strategic goals War on the RocksAlan Cummings 11/12/19 Hypersonic weapons may lead to a revolution in warfighting if countries produce them at scale. Breaking the North Korean nuclear stalemate East Asia ForumChung-in Moon 11/11/19 Both states need to change the negotiation pattern of ‘giving less and taking more’ to reach a compromise. The Cold War ended 30 years ago. Why are things with Russia so bad? Defense OneTom Z. Collina 11/9/19 U.S.-Russian relations are at an all-time low, and defense budgets are at all-time highs. The United States and Russia are undermining nuclear arms control treaties such as INF and New START, and spending trillions of dollars to rebuild their strategic arsenals.