TOP NEWS

Pompeo says NATO must change, or risk becoming obsolete
Reuters

Russia reportedly in possession of advanced Israeli interceptor missile
Times of Israel

Iran will challenge nuclear deal ‘every two months’ unless Europe takes action, ambassador warns
Independent

United States

Centrus signs HALEU contract with Department of Energy
World Nuclear News11/6/19
U.S. company Centrus Energy Corp has signed a three-year contract with the Department of Energy (DOE) to deploy a cascade of centrifuges to demonstrate production of high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel for advanced reactors.

Pompeo says NATO must change, or risk becoming obsolete
Reuters11/8/19
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying.

Russia

Russia reportedly in possession of advanced Israeli interceptor missile
Times of Israel11/6/19
Chinese news site reports David’s Sling missile landed intact in Syria after failing to hit Syrian rocket in July 2018, taken to Moscow for examination

Russian foreign minister lambasts U.S. over arms control
Associated Press11/8/19
Russia’s foreign minister said Friday that the world is becoming increasingly unstable because the U.S. doesn’t want to abide by arms control regimes.

Russia raided a physics institute. Kremlin watchers are mystified.
New York Times11/7/19
The Lebedev Physics Institute in Moscow helped the Soviet Union detonate its first nuclear bomb, figured out how to build a hydrogen bomb and has stood for decades in the vanguard of Russian scientific achievement.

Middle East

Pompeo and Netanyahu push to scrap Iran nuclear pact
New York Times11/7/19
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency had validated his longstanding allegation that Iran has been maintaining a secret nuclear site in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty — a claim that the agency did not publicly confirm.

Iran alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives
Associated Press11/7/19
Iran alleged Thursday that the U.N. inspector it blocked from a nuclear site last week tested positive for suspected traces of explosive nitrates. The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, disputed Iran’s claim.

Iran will challenge nuclear deal ‘every two months’ unless Europe takes action, ambassador warns
Independent11/7/19
Iran’s resuming of uranium enrichment will be followed by similar steps every two months unless European states do more to save the country’s nuclear deal with international powers, one of the Tehran’s senior diplomats has declared.

East Asia

North Korea slams door on Japan PM Abe visit, calls him an ‘idiot’
Reuters11/7/19
North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an “idiot and villain” who should not even dream of setting foot in Pyongyang, in a media commentary laden with insults in response to his criticism of a North Korean weapons test.

U.S., N. Korea envoys meet briefly at nonproliferation conference in Moscow
Yonhap News Agency11/8/19
The U.S. special envoy for North Korea and a North Korean foreign ministry official handling American affairs spoke briefly to each other during a reception for participants in a nuclear nonprolifereation conference in Moscow, a participant said.

Analysis/Commentary

Russia’s Borei-class nuclear submarines are powerful, but have one huge flaw
National InterestMark Episkopos
11/7/19
This wouldn’t be the first time costs concerns have ended a Russian navy program.