Top News South Korea’s Moon says North Korea means to abolish all nuclear weapons Reuters Iran’s Khamenei orders officials to resolve economic crisis Reuters Nuclear Signalling Between NATO and Russia European Leadership East Asia South Korea’s Moon says North Korea means to abolish all nuclear weapons Reuters10/12/18 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un means to abolish all nuclear weapons, materials and facilities to achieve “complete” denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Friday. North Korea Weaponizes Its Deal With Trump to Tangle Talks The New York Times10/12/18 For all the warm talk between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim, the differing interpretations of the Singapore deal show the two sides remain locked in the same yearslong stalemate, with Washington focused on denuclearizing North Korea and the North using its nuclear weapons as leverage to win diplomatic recognition from the United States and seek a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War. U.S. Puts New Restrictions on Nuclear Technology Exports to China The New York Times10/11/18 The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would sharply restrict exports of civilian nuclear technology to China that officials claimed was being diverted to power new generations of Chinese submarines, aircraft carriers and floating nuclear power plants. Middle East U.S. Warns That Iran Could Use Fraud to Duck Sanctions The New York Times10/11/18 Weeks before it is to reimpose another round of punishing sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration warned the world’s banks on Thursday that Tehran might try to use duplicitous means to soften the sanctions’ bite and continue to fund terrorism. Iran’s Khamenei orders officials to resolve economic crisis Reuters10/11/18 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered officials to urgently find solutions to ease an economic crisis spurred by the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday. Opinion and Analysis Permanently Stationing U.S. Forces in Poland is a Bad Idea, But One Worth Debating War on the RocksMichael Kofman, 10/12/18 A recent visit to Washington by Polish President Andrzej Duda had thrust into the spotlight his nation’s bid to get a permanently based U.S. armored division in Poland. Nuclear Signalling Between NATO and Russia European LeadershipNetwork John Gower 10/12/18 Nuclear signalling is the core of responsible nuclear weapon ownership. It was a difficult task during the Cold War and shaping perceptions and communication of nuclear weapon intent has become more complex, nuanced, and important in a world with multiple nuclear powers and raising tensions.