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EU open to Iran sanctions after foiled France, Denmark plots: diplomats
Reuters

Putin says Russia will retaliate if U.S. quits nuclear missile treaty: agencies
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US set to accuse Iran of violating chemical weapons treaty
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Middle East

EU open to Iran sanctions after foiled France, Denmark plots: diplomats
Reuters11/19/18
European Union foreign ministers showed cautious support on Monday for possible new economic sanctions on Iran in a shift of policy after accusations of Iranian attack plots in France and Denmark, diplomats said. Denmark and France briefed their EU counterparts at a meeting in Brussels on the alleged plots and ministers agreed to consider targeted sanctions on Iranians in response, although no details or names were discussed, five diplomats told Reuters.

Russia/FSU/Europe

Putin mulls Russian response to US exit from nuke pact
Associated Press11/19/18
Russian President Vladimir Putin has gathered his top military officials to discuss a response to the planned U.S. withdrawal from a key nuclear arms pact. U.S. President Donald Trump declared last month that he intends to opt out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, over alleged Russian violations. Russia has denied breaching the pact.

Putin says Russia will retaliate if U.S. quits nuclear missile treaty: agencies
Reuters11/19/18
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the Kremlin would retaliate if the United States withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, Russian news agencies reported. Putin discussed possible Russian retaliation with top Russian Defence Ministry officials and added that the Kremlin was ready to discuss the INF treaty with Washington.

EU Says Dumping Nuclear Missile Treaty May Put Security at Risk
Bloomberg11/20/18
The European Union’s foreign policy chief warned that abandoning the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty could threaten EU security and urged strengthening of the landmark Cold War-era agreement instead. “If we go toward the dismantling of this agreement, Europe’s security could be put at risk,” Federica Mogherini told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday. “We definitely don’t want to see European territory go back to being a battlefield for other powers.”

South Asia

India’s long-awaited nuclear-armed submarine goes on its first patrol
The Economist11/17/18
The Arihant’s inaugural voyage was a triumphal step forward in India’s long, often tortuous quest to deploy atomic weapons at sea. Until now India has relied on aircraft armed with nuclear bombs, which might struggle to break through air defences, or land-based missiles, which are at risk of being spotted by gimlet-eyed satellites.

U.S. Nuclear Policy

US set to accuse Iran of violating chemical weapons treaty
CNN11/19/18
The Trump administration is set to accuse Iran of violating the international treaty that bars the use of chemical weapons. The White House notified lawmakers on Friday that it would declare Iran is violating the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention because it has kept the equipment and facilities needed to produce them, not because it is actively making or using such weapons.

Opinion and Analysis

The Right Way to Manage a Nuclear North Korea
Foreign AffairsAnkit Panda
11/19/18
Exploring “left-of-launch” options Is a dangerous mistake.