Top News U.S. envoy says no hostile intent towards North Korea; meets Asian allies Reuters India to conduct first user trial of Agni-V missile The New Indian Express Germany arrests man for shipping equipment for Iran’s nuclear program Reuters United States U.S., Japan, South Korea to meet over North’s nuclear standoff Nikkei9/14/21 Officials will discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs in Tokyo. East Asia U.S. envoy says no hostile intent towards North Korea; meets Asian allies Reuters9/14/21 While meeting with representatives from South Korea and Japan, the U.S. envoy emphasized that there is no hostile intent towards North Korea in nuclear negotiations. Nuclear watchdog chief urges North Korea to uphold nonproliferation treaty NK News9/14/21 The IAEA chief urged North Korea to comply with safeguards and U.N. Security Council resolutions while expressing concern about its latest nuclear activities at Yongbyon. He also noted that cooling units were removed from Yongbyon, potentially indicating that parts of the facility are not in operation. North Korea’s launch of nuclear-capable cruise missile a ‘threat’ to the region, says Pentagon Air Force Magazine9/13/21 The Pentagon spokesperson warned that North Korea’s recent cruise missile tests demonstrate the regional threat posed by the regime’s military program. OPINION: China’s nuclear build-up: The great distraction The HillRose Gottemoeller 9/13/21 If the U.S. places too much attention on China’s nuclear expansion, it risks losing focus on China’s science and technology ambitions that will enable it to achieve strategic superiority. Middle East Iranian guards physically harassed female U.N. nuclear inspectors, diplomats say The Wall Street Journal9/14/21 Several IAEA inspectors have been physically harassed by security guards at Iranian nuclear facilities. ANALYSIS: Iran nears an atomic milestone The New York TimesDavid Sanger, William Broad 9/13/21 Iran is nearly one month away from having enough material for one nuclear weapon, although manufacturing a warhead would take much longer. OPINION: Iran’s dangerous nuclear dance The Wall Street JournalEditorial Board 9/13/21 Iran might be leveraging U.S. eagerness to revive the 2015 nuclear deal to extract concessions, which may explain its recent interactions with the U.S. and IAEA. OPINION: Deterrence implications of the U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan National Institute for Public PolicyDavid J. Trachtenberg 9/11/21 The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan harmed the perception of its credibility, potentially undermining U.S. extended deterrence guarantees. Russia and Europe Germany arrests man for shipping equipment for Iran’s nuclear program Reuters9/14/21 German police arrested a man for allegedly shipping equipment to an Iranian company blacklisted by the European Union for support to Iran’s nuclear and rocket programs. South Asia India to conduct first user trial of Agni-V missile The New Indian Express9/13/21 India is planning to test its nuclear-capable Agni-V ICBM, signaling that the missile might be inducted into the armed forces soon.