TOP NEWS

North Korea fires 2 projectiles in first test since latest talks stalled
New York Times

Russia prepares largest-ever “Satan 2’ ballistic missile tests
Moscow Times

Iran to take fourth nuclear step if remaining parties fail to honor obligations: government
Tehran Times

Exclusive: U.S. to renew waivers allowing non-proliferation work with Iran – sources
Reuters

United States

Missile Defense Agency selects four companies to develop space sensors
Space News10/30/19
Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Leidos and L3Harris will develop competing designs for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program.

Russia

Russia prepares largest-ever “Satan 2’ ballistic missile tests
Moscow Times10/30/19
Russia is preparing to conduct at least five tests next year of its new ballistic missile that has been called the largest missile in history, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday.

Middle East

Exclusive: U.S. to renew waivers allowing non-proliferation work with Iran – sources
Reuters10/30/19
The United States plans to allow Russian, Chinese and European companies to continue work at Iranian nuclear facilities to make it harder for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

U.S., Gulf countries impose joint Iran-related sanctions on 25 targets
Reuters10/30/19
The United States and six Gulf countries agreed to jointly impose sanctions on 25 corporations, banks and individuals linked to Iran’s support for militant networks including Hezbollah, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

Iran to take fourth nuclear step if remaining parties fail to honor obligations: government
Tehran Times10/30/19
Mahmoud Vaezi, the presidential chief of staff, confirmed on Wednesday that Iran will take the fourth step to reduce commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, if the remaining parties fail to honor obligations by the scheduled deadline.

East Asia

North Korea fires 2 projectiles in first test since latest talks stalled
New York Times10/31/19
Japan said the weapons, which landed in the sea, appeared to be ballistic missiles. South Korea expressed “strong concern.”

Nearly 4,000 civilian deaths in North Korea tied to sanctions: report
The Hill10/30/19
Sanctions against North Korea contributed to more than 4,000 civilian deaths last year due to a lack of access to humanitarian assistance, according to a new report from an international group dedicated to permanently ending the Korean War.

Japan eyes deploying new missile interceptors in Tokyo area
Japan Today10/31/19
Japan is considering deploying an upgraded version of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile interceptors in the Tokyo metropolitan area before the Olympics next summer, Defense Ministry sources said Wednesday.

South Asia

India confirms cyber attack on nuclear power plant
Financial Times10/31/19
India has confirmed its newest nuclear power plant was the victim of a cyber attack, exposing the vulnerability of one of the country’s most critical sectors to cyber espionage.

Analysis/Commentary

The remaking of South Korean conservatism in the age of Trump
National InterestEun A Jo
10/30/19
Greater attention must be paid to the developments in the South Korean conservatives’ support for nuclear armament.

NATO is preparing for war in space
Popular MechanicsKyle Mizokami
10/30/19
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is expected to announce it considers space a “warfighting domain.”