Nuclear Policy News – September 16, 2019

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The American public supports New START. Will the Trump administration?
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Iran rules out meeting between Trump and Rouhani
New York Times

North Korea: ‘Denuclearization’ talks possible if ‘threats’ removed
Voice of America

United States

The American public supports New START. Will the Trump administration?
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists9/13/19
A recent survey shows impressive public support for extending the New START treaty, which is otherwise set to expire in 2021.

A terrifying new animation shows how 1 ‘tactical’ nuclear weapon could trigger a US-Russia war that kills 34 million people in 5 hours
Business Insider9/16/19
A new simulation called “Plan A,” by researchers at Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security, shows how the use of one so-called tactical or low-yield nuclear weapon could lead to a terrifying worldwide conflict.

Middle East

U.S. won’t rule out Trump-Rouhani meeting after blaming Iran for Saudi attacks
The White House on Sunday did not rule out a potential meeting between President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, even after Washington accused Iran of being behind drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Iran rules out meeting between Trump and Rouhani
New York Times9/16/19
Iran has dismissed the possibility of a meeting between the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and President Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week, the country’s state-run news media reported on Monday.

Iran hardliners likely to gain from tensions over Aramco attacks
Iran distanced itself on Sunday from attacks on Saudi oil facilities but hardliners in Tehran might chalk the assaults up as a win against Washington’s tougher policy toward the Islamic Republic, officials and analysts said.

European powers urge Iran to return to nuclear accord compliance
France, Britain and Germany, the European parties to Iran’s nuclear accord, on Friday expressed deep concern at Tehran’s violations of the 2015 deal and urged it to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.


Russia’s first sea-borne nuclear power plant arrives to its base
Russia’s first-floating nuclear power plant has arrived to its permanent base near an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska, Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Saturday.

East Asia

North Korea leader Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in letter: report
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August amid stalled denuclearization talks, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.

North Korea: ‘Denuclearization’ talks possible if ‘threats’ removed
Voice of America9/16/19
North Korea says it may be willing to discuss “denuclearization” with the United States if unspecified “threats and hurdles” to its security and development are addressed.

South Asia

Imran Khan on ‘genocide’ in Kashmir and possible war with India
Al Jazeera9/14/19
“When two nuclear-armed countries fight, if they fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up into nuclear war. The unthinkable,” Imran Khan said in a recent interview.


Many obstacles in Erdogan’s path to a nuclear weapon
Arab NewsYasar Yakis
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month shared with the media his intention to acquire nuclear warheads.

Russia is building submarines to deliver a ‘radioactive tsunami’
National InterestMark Episkopos
The first special-purpose nuclear submarine to carry Russia’s upcoming “Poseidon” thermonuclear torpedoes, Belgorod, will enter trials in June 2020 and is due to be commissioned several months later, while the Poseidon system itself is unlikely to enter service until the late 2020’s.

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