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Video suggests Russia’s Poseidon nuclear-powered drone has a seabed-launched version
Forbes

Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside
Reuters

Europe’s getting its own missile-killer
National Interest

North Korea rebuffs latest Trump advance
Wall Street Journal

Europe/Russia

Video suggests Russia’s Poseidon nuclear-powered drone has a seabed-launched version
Forbes11/17/19
An innocuous Russian media report shared to indicates that Russia’s latest “oceanographic research vessel,” Akademic Aleksandrov, was completing sea trials. The video was taken in Severodvinsk near the Arctic where many of Russia’s most advanced submarine programs are based.

Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside
Reuters11/16/19
Turkey bought S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to use them, not put them aside, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate said on Saturday, days after talks between President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Europe’s getting its own missile-killer
National Interest11/18/19
European missile-maker MBDA is working on a new high-altitude missile-interceptor, one that could represent the first step toward a uniquely European missile-defense system.

East Asia

Japan tells U.S. ‘no one could be optimistic about North Korea’
Reuters11/17/19
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told his U.S. and South Korea counterparts on Sunday that “no one could be optimistic about North Korea,” shortly after Washington and Seoul announced plans to postpone upcoming military drills in a bid to encourage stalled peace efforts.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un supervises air drills while U.S. and South Korea postpone drills – KCNA
Reuters11/17/19
North Korean media reported on Monday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised air force drills for the second time in three days, even as the United States and South Korea decided to postpone their joint air drills to ease denuclearization talks with North Korea.

North Korea rebuffs latest Trump advance
Wall Street Journal11/18/19
Adding a further hurdle to reviving stalled denuclearization talks, Pyongyang on Monday rejected the idea of another nuclear summit that “gives us nothing,” a day after President Trump had urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by tweet to “act quickly, get the deal done”—and closed with, “See you soon!”

Senior N.K. diplomat departs for Russia
Urdu Point11/18/19
North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, considered leader Kim Jong-un’s top strategist in nuclear negotiations with the United States, departed for Russia on Monday, according to the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang.

South Asia

Pakistan successfully conducts test launch of surface-to-surface ballistic missile
Times of India11/18/19
Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missiles which can strike targets up to 650 kilometers, bringing a number of Indian cities under its range.

Middle East

Iran holds exhibition on new nuclear achievements
Tehran Times11/15/19
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) plans to open an exhibition on Saturday, November 16, on new nuclear achievements in the central city of Saveh.

OPINION: Washington must revoke sanctions waiver after latest nuclear violation
The HillBehnam Ben Taleblu and Andrea Stricker
11/16/19
Recently, Iran undertook enrichment-related activities at the Fordow facility that are prohibited until 2030. In response, Washington should revoke Fordow’s sanctions waiver and use the opportunity to clarify its Iran policy.