Top News

A former Navy nuclear engineer and his wife have been arrested on espionage charges
NPR

Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, dies at 85
New York Times

Standing in front of nuclear missiles, Kim Jong Un says U.S. causing ‘tension’
NK News

United States

A former Navy nuclear engineer and his wife have been arrested on espionage charges
NPR10/10/21
The FBI arrested a former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer officer and his wife for attempting to sell restricted data about nuclear submarines to a foreign country.

Assessment of damaged attack boat USS Connecticut begins in Guam
U.S. Naval Institute News10/10/21
The nuclear submarine that collided with an object in the South China Sea is being assessed and repaired in Guam, according to the US Navy.

Europe and Russia

Coming weeks are decisive for Iran nuclear deal, Merkel says
Reuters10/10/21
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of the coming weeks for restoring the Iran nuclear deal and urged Russia and China to engage with Iran to bring them back into negotiations.

Middle East

Iran’s nuclear chief reports jump in 20 percent enriched uranium
Al Jazeera10/10/21
Iran has produced over 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, an increase from approximately 84 kilograms last month.

Yossi Cohen: Iran not close to getting a nuclear bomb
The Jerusalem Post10/12/21
Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen said Iran is “not even close” to developing a nuclear bomb. However, he emphasized that Israel must be able to independently stop Iranian proliferation, implying the use of military action.

OPINION: Preventing an accidental nuclear crisis in Iran and beyond
Bulletin of Atomic ScientistsSamuel Hickey
10/11/21
Relying on military coercion instead of a diplomatic return to the JCPOA would damage the global nuclear verification and nonproliferation regime.

South Asia

Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, dies at 85
New York Times10/10/21
A.Q. Khan, a metallurgist who advanced Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and spread nuclear weapons technology globally, died on October 10, 2021.

East Asia

Standing in front of nuclear missiles, Kim Jong Un says U.S. causing ‘tension’
NK News10/11/21
Kim Jong Un said North Korea’s growing military is necessary for self-defense, citing “prospective dangers” created by U.S. military exercises in the region and South Korea’s military advancements.

International

EVENT: Addressing Today’s Nuclear Challenges: Findings from a UNIDIR Dialogue
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research10/14/21
In a side event to the UN First Committee, participants will discuss the non-use of nuclear weapons, strategic arms control for the 21st century, and nuclear disarmament efforts.