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Statement by Director-General FU Cong at the EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China

Biden’s path back to the Iran nuclear deal won’t be easy or fast
The Japan Times

OPINION: With Joe Biden in charge, no more flashy Kim Jong Un summits
Wallstreet Journal

United States

OPINION: A nuclear strike should require more than one person’s order
Defense OneSteven Pifer
11/12/20
We should require a second voice when it comes to ordering first use of nuclear arms.

East Asia

Statement by Director-General FU Cong at the EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China11/13/20
On November 12, 2020, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Foreign Ministry FU Cong attended the EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference via video link and made a statement centered on the theme of “Rebuilding Mutual Trust in Arms Control, Non-proliferation and Disarmament: the Way Ahead”.

U.S. software fuels China’s military research, despite Washington ban
South China Morning Post11/16/20
Chinese research paper reveals hypersonic weapons study used aerodynamic simulation package sold by American company.

ANALYSIS: Are they reading Schelling in Beijing? The dimensions, drivers, and risks of nuclear-conventional entanglement in China
Journal of Strategic StudiesDavid Logan
11/12/20
Experts increasingly highlight the dangers of nuclear-conventional entanglement, particularly in the U.S.-China context.

ANALYSIS: Why Is North Korea so good at cybercrime?
The DiplomatJason Bartlett
11/13/20
North Korea is committed to advancing its cyber capabilities, and it shows in the results.

OPINION: With Joe Biden in charge, no more flashy Kim Jong Un summits
Wallstreet JournalAndrew Jeong
11/15/20
The president-elect will be the first to enter office with a North Korea that has shown an ability to hit the U.S. mainland with a missile.

Middle East

Biden’s path back to the Iran nuclear deal won’t be easy or fast
The Japan Times11/12/20
America’s European allies have struggled to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive after U.S. President Donald Trump quit the accord more than two years ago. Joe Biden’s election victory won’t provide a quick resuscitation.

Iran moderates hail Biden win, but any nuclear talks expected to be fraught
France 2411/14/20
Six months before the Iranian presidential election, Joe Biden’s victory in the US could influence the vote in Iran, where hopes to resume negotiations on the nuclear deal have prompted enthusiasm from moderates and even some hardliners. However, analysts expect that any future talks would be vexed.

OPINION: Iran’s oil exports, uranium stockpile surge as Trump administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy hits a wall
Washington PostJoby Warrick, Souad Mekhennet
11/15/20
Last week, as the White House digested news of a defeat at the polls, Trump administration officials were greeted with reports of troubling setbacks on two fronts in the country’s long-simmering conflict with Iran.

Russia and Europe

ANALYSIS: New START in limbo ahead of U.S. election
Arms Control AssociationKingston Reif, Shannon Bugos
11/13/20
The United States and Russia each dismissed last-minute proposals involving a short-term extension of the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), leaving the fate of the sole remaining U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control agreement undetermined on the eve of the U.S. presidential election.