TOP NEWS

Russia’s newest nuclear submarine successfully test-fires missile as it flexes military might in the Arctic
Newsweek

U.S. decision imminent on renewing waivers for international work on Iran’s nuclear sites
Voice of America

North Korea sanctions contribute to deaths of innocent civilians, report says
Wall Street Journal

United States

$85b nuclear missile competition gets messier as feds investigate Northrop
Defense One10/25/19
The Pentagon’s effort to build a new ICBM just took another step toward a no-competition sole-source award — and the prospective lone bidder just came under federal investigation for anti-competitive behavior.

Russia

Russia’s newest nuclear submarine successfully test-fires missile as it flexes military might in the Arctic
Newsweek10/30/19
Russia has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from its newest submarine, part of a fleet that will be the backbone of the country’s nuclear deterrent for the next decade.

Middle East

U.S. decision imminent on renewing waivers for international work on Iran’s nuclear sites
Voice of America10/29/19
The Trump administration faces a self-imposed deadline to decide whether to extend waivers allowing other world powers to work with Iran on civilian nuclear projects without facing U.S. sanctions.

Iranian parliamentary committee calls on president to reduce nuclear commitments
Asharq Al-Awsat10/29/19
The Iranian government should decisively implement the fourth step of reducing its nuclear deal obligations, in a move aiming at further pressuring the cabinet, less than ten days after the termination of the third deadline provided by Iran to European countries.

Zarif: U.S. push to isolate Iran in region will ‘just not work’
Al Jazeera10/29/19
Iran is willing to hold nuclear talks with world powers but will not accept US dictates, foreign minister says.

East Asia

North Korea sanctions contribute to deaths of innocent civilians, report says
Wall Street Journal10/30/19
Restrictions have led to an almost total ban on North Korean-related trade, investment and financial transactions, according to an assessment.

South Asia

Indian nuclear power facility denies unverified reports of cyber attack
The Diplomat10/29/19
Authorities at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant pushed back on reports of a cyber intrusion.

Countries backing India will be hit by missile: Nuclear war threat by Pakistani minister
Gulf News10/30/19
A Pakistan minister has courted controversy by saying that any country that will support India over the Kashmir issue will be hit by a missile by Pakistan and considered as an “enemy” of Islamabad.

Analysis/Commentary

Is the U.S. out of options on North Korea?
World Politics ReviewElliot Waldman
10/29/19
Ever since Trump and Kim first met in Singapore in June 2018, Pyongyang has stonewalled on working-level talks out of the belief that it has more to gain from dealing directly with Trump.

[워싱턴 톡] 북한 ‘제재 해제’ 절박해졌나?…과거 ‘실패 전략’ 안쓴다 (VIDEO)
Voice of AmericaEric Brewer, PONI Deputy Director, and Scott Snyder
10/26/19
Eric Brewer and Scott Snyder join Voice of America for a discussion on North Korean sanctions and stalled negotiations.

What do we want from the nuclear command and control system?
Nautilus InstitutePaul K. Davis
10/24/19
U.S. NC3 modernization should place increased emphasis on assuring control, avoiding accidents, and avoiding ill-informed or unwise employment of nuclear weapons.

A new era of arms control: Myths, realities, and options
Carnegie Moscow CenterAlexey Arbatov
10/24/19
The United States’ withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) threatens to dismantle the entire nuclear arms control system built over the last fifty years.