Top News EU, U.S. try to lure Iran back to nuclear talks as hopes fade Politico China tests new space capability with hypersonic missile Financial Times China denies report of hypersonic missile test, says tested space vehicle Reuters United States OPINION: The U.S. doesn’t need more nuclear weapons to counter China’s new missile silos The Washington PostEdward Geist 10/18/21 The U.S. should use nonnuclear weapons and sensors to deter China’s expanding nuclear arsenal, rather than building more nuclear weapons. Middle East EU, U.S. try to lure Iran back to nuclear talks as hopes fade Politico10/17/21 Several diplomatic overtures and statements by the U.S. and EU have failed to bring Iran back into nuclear negotiations. ANALYSIS: Iran’s evolving nuclear program and implications for U.S. policy Center for Strategic and International StudiesEric Brewer 10/15/21 Iran has made several technical developments to its nuclear program that complicate a return to the original JCPOA and force the U.S. to rethink how it might detect Iranian proliferation attempts and weigh policy options to respond to its nuclear program. East Asia China tests new space capability with hypersonic missile Financial Times10/16/21 In August, China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile with advanced space capabilities. Some experts assess China may intend for this new missile capability to negate U.S. missile defense. China denies report of hypersonic missile test, says tested space vehicle Reuters10/18/21 The Chinese Foreign Ministry denied reports of a hypersonic missile test in August, saying instead it was routine testing of a space vehicle. ANALYSIS: North Korea military power Defense Intelligence Agency10/15/21 The Defense Intelligence Agency released a report assessing several facets of North Korea’s military power, including nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, biological and chemical weapons, cyberspace, and other military capabilities. ANALYSIS: The United Nations and North Korea: denuclearization and human security StimsonEsther Im 10/14/21 The United Nations Secretariat and Secretary-General are well-suited to address denuclearization and human security issues in North Korea. International A.Q. Khan is dead — long live the proliferation network king RUSIAaron Arnold, Darya Dolzikova 10/15/21 A.Q. Khan’s death is a reminder that there has been limited progress in countering international proliferation networks. EVENT: Exploring prospects for missile verification United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research10/19/21 Panelists will discuss effective missile verification methods to address the proliferation of missile-related technology.