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Russia has retaliation ready if U.S. quits Open Skies treaty: RIA
Reuters

Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents – diplomats
Reuters

The value of a cooperative approach to denuclearization with North Korea
38 North

United States

The Air Force’s ‘doomsday plane’ is in the shop
Defense One11/6/19
North Korea said Thursday planned U.S.-South Korean military drills would amount to “throwing a wet blanket over the spark” of nuclear negotiations that are “on the verge of extinction.”

Russia

Russia has retaliation ready if U.S. quits Open Skies treaty: RIA
Reuters11/7/19
Russia has drawn up retaliatory measures in case the United States leaves the Open Skies treaty, a pact which allows both countries to conduct surveillance flights over each other’s territory, the RIA news agency reported late on Wednesday.

Middle East

Iran nuclear crisis escalates with new inspections report
Bloomberg11/7/19
Iran accused an international atomic monitor of setting off explosives detectors at its main enrichment plant, ratcheting up tensions that threaten to tip the nation into a new nuclear crisis.

Russia urges Iran to fulfill commitments under nuclear deal
Reuters11/6/19
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday called on Iran to fulfill the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but said Moscow understood why Tehran was cutting back on its commitments.

Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents – diplomats
Reuters11/6/19
Iran briefly held an inspector working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog in the Islamic Republic and seized her travel documents, diplomats familiar with the agency’s work said on Wednesday, with some describing it as harassment.

Iran nuclear crisis escalates with new inspections report
Bloomberg11/7/19
Iran accused an international atomic monitor of setting off explosives detectors at its main enrichment plant, ratcheting up tensions that threaten to tip the nation into a new nuclear crisis.

East Asia

U.S., S. Korea to conduct ‘scaled-down’ aerial drills
Korea Times11/7/19
A government official said Thursday that the United States and South Korea will conduct a “scaled-down” joint air force exercise sometime later this month.

North says U.S.-S. Korea drills ‘throw wet blanket’ on talks
Associated Press11/7/19
North Korea said Thursday planned U.S.-South Korean military drills would amount to “throwing a wet blanket over the spark” of nuclear negotiations that are “on the verge of extinction.”

North Korea threatens to upend nuclear talks due to U.S. ‘reckless military frenzy’
U.S. News & World Report11/6/19
Upcoming military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. come weeks before a critical deadline imposed by Kim Jong Un.

Analysis/Commentary

The value of a cooperative approach to denuclearization with North Korea
38 NorthRichard Johnson
11/6/19
To enhance the prospects for the comprehensive, verifiable and enduring denuclearization of North Korea, the United States should incorporate into the negotiations an offer to Pyongyang of a Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program.

Why are we rebuilding the ‘nuclear sponge’?
National InterestTom Z. Collina and Akshai Vikram
11/6/19
The nuclear sponge is the United States’ collection of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) intended to “soak up” a nuclear attack.

Iran’s nuclear escalation
Wall Street Journal11/6/19
President Hassan Rouhani has announced that Iran will violate restrictions on the Fordow underground nuclear facility starting Wednesday. President Trump’s detractors will say this proves that leaving the 2015 nuclear deal was a mistake, but this is one more sign of the defects in the deal that Europe should be helping the U.S. to address.

Will Russia’s new S-500 air defense system end the F-35’s air dominance?
National InterestMark Episkopos
11/6/19
The much-vaunted next generation of Russian missile defense, the S-500 boasts a host of best-in-class performance features.

The difference between the Cold War and today’s hot peace
The HillJames J. Coyle
11/6/19
When America finally recognizes that its unilateral withdrawal from the Cold War battlefield is actually hurting its interests, rather than preserving them, one hopes that a hot peace is the only thing the world need fear.