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Russia dismisses Trump administration efforts to secure nuclear arms deal before election
CNN

Amid rumors of impending arms control deal, Billingslea set for talk on China nukes
Exchange Monitor

Iran nuclear deal hangs on an election, and it’s not in the U.S.
Bloomberg

United States

U.S. Air Force reveals details of first hypersonic missile soon after latest Russian test
Newsweek10/14/20
An Air Force general has revealed new details about what is set to be the service’s first hypersonic missile as the U.S. tries to catch up with the hypersonic research of its Russian and Chinese rivals.

OPINION: Trump’s virus treatment revives questions about unchecked nuclear authority
New York TimesDavid Sanger, William Broad
10/11/20
Even before the president was given mood-altering drugs, there was a movement to end the commander in chief’s sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.

OPINION: Threat from nuclear weapons and missiles has grown since Trump entered office
Washington PostPaul Sonne
10/12/20
The global threat from nuclear weapons and menacing missiles has grown since President Trump entered office, despite his administration’s fitful efforts to control them.

East Asia

Amid rumors of impending arms control deal, Billingslea set for talk on China nukes
Exchange Monitor10/13/20
After weeks of reporting that Washington and Moscow might be close to a follow-on deal to or an extension of the landmark New START treaty, President Donald Trump’s lead arms-control negotiator is scheduled for a public talk today about China’s nuclear arsenal.

North Korea has unveiled new weapons, showing Trump failed to tame its nuclear program
Vox10/13/20
North Korea has become a stronger nuclear power on Trump’s watch.

Ex-national security advisor John Bolton says North Korea is ‘more dangerous now’
CNBC10/14/20
North Korea is more dangerous now because of the progress it has made on its nuclear capabilities under the Trump administration, former national security advisor John Bolton told CNBC.

North Korea’s new massive missiles ‘not much more of a threat,’ Gen. Jack Keane says
Fox Business10/13/20
The rogue nation showed off what appeared to be its biggest-yet ICBM.

OPINION: A nuclear North Korea’s wake-up call
The DiplomatAnkit Panda
10/13/20
A spectacular pre-dawn parade on Saturday served to remind the world of North Korea’s continuing missile progress.

Middle East

Iran nuclear deal hangs on an election, and it’s not in the U.S.
Bloomberg10/13/20
While the world looks to next month’s U.S. election for clues on the future of the standoff with Iran, candidates are preparing for another vote that may prove just as pivotal.

OPINION: The president’s actions punish Iran’s people rather than the regime
Washington PostCarol DiCaprio Herrick
10/13/20
The latest collateral damage of the Trump administration’s obsession with dismantling every effective accomplishment of the Barack Obama era includes the entire population — the simple folk — of Iran.

Russia and Europe

Russia dismisses Trump administration efforts to secure nuclear arms deal before election
CNN10/13/20
Russia on Tuesday rejected assertions by the Trump administration that the US and Russia had come to a “gentlemen’s agreement” on extending a key arms control agreement and dismissed the idea that a deal would be reached before the US presidential election.

Multilateral Arms Control

INTERVIEW: Vipin Narang on the global nuclear landscape: hype and reality
The DiplomatAbhijnan Rej
10/13/20
“We may be on the cusp, in the next decade or two, of a cascade of new nuclear weapons powers.”