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Air Force’s inventory listed wrong sites for 79 nuclear missiles
Bloomberg

Trump’s plan to pull out of Open Skies Treaty spurs partisan battle
Washington Times

Kim looks to turn tables on Trump with own ‘maximum pressure’ push
Japan Times

United States

Air Force’s inventory listed wrong sites for 79 nuclear missiles
Bloomberg11/19/19
Air Force inventory systems that tally the location and value of property misidentified the locations of 79 active Minuteman III nuclear-armed missiles — or almost a fifth of the fleet — last year, according to an audit commissioned by the Pentagon.

Navy beginning tech study to extend Trident nuclear missile into the 2080s
USNI News11/17/19
The Navy’s Strategic Systems Program this fiscal year will begin looking at what new technologies it will need to develop to sustain and modernize its nuclear weapons so they can operate on the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines through the 2080s.

Trump’s plan to pull out of Open Skies Treaty spurs partisan battle
Washington Times11/19/19
The Trump administration and House Democrats are clashing on another foreign policy front, with the fate of a landmark international treaty that allows U.S. intelligence flights over Russia hanging in the balance.

Should the government subsidize nuclear power? Advocates square off
Wall Street Journal11/19/19
The federal government offers a loan-guarantee program for nuclear plants, and the Energy Department plans to spend $115 million to help develop advanced fuels for next-generation reactors, worried that the country may be falling behind overseas rivals in nuclear-power technology.

Bolton returns to United Against Nuclear Iran as senior adviser
The Hill11/19/19
Former national security adviser John Bolton has returned to United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), the advocacy group announced Tuesday.

Military dedicates new headquarters for nuclear control unit
Associated Press11/19/19
The new, $1.3 billion headquarters for the command unit that controls the nation’s nuclear-armed forces has been dedicated at an Air Force Base south of Omaha.

Middle East

France regrets U.S. decision on Fordow, rebukes Iran
Reuters11/19/19
France lamented on Tuesday a U.S. decision to end a sanctions waiver related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, but also said it feared Tehran’s latest violations of a 2015 deal could lead to serious nuclear proliferation.

Russia condemns U.S. decision to end sanctions waiver on Iran’s Fordow
Reuters11/19/19
Russia strongly condemns the U.S. decision to drop a sanctions waiver related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility and believes the decision violates U.S. international commitments, Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

East Asia

Kim looks to turn tables on Trump with own ‘maximum pressure’ push
Japan Times11/20/19
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to still be angling for a nuclear deal with U.S. President Donald Trump, experts say, but there are growing signs that the young dictator is preparing to slap his own version of “maximum pressure” on the American president if things don’t go his way.

China warns Japan, S. Korea over deployment of U.S. missiles
Asahi Shimbun11/19/19
Chinese officials have warned Japan and South Korea that their relations with Beijing will deteriorate if they allow the United States to base intermediate-range missiles on their soil, several sources said.

ANALYSIS: Why North Korea isn’t accepting new US concessions
Washington ExaminerTom Rogan
11/19/19
North Korea wants something that President Trump, to his credit, is unwilling to give: namely, sanctions relief without commensurate North Korean concessions on its nuclear and missile programs.