Top News IAEA in wide-ranging talks with Saudi Arabia on tougher nuclear checks Reuters Deterrence and the U.S. nuclear weapons infrastructure Arms Control and International Security Papers Senior U.S. diplomat urges N. Korea to carry out summit deal on denuclearization Yonhap United States Deterrence and the U.S. nuclear weapons infrastructure Arms Control and International Security Papers9/9/20 This latest addition to the Arms Control and International Security paper series prepared by Under Secretary of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty offers a perspective upon the United States’ nuclear deterrent needs and what NNSA is doing to meet them. ANALYSIS: Hype or Hypersonic? The DiplomatJacob Parakilas 9/16/20 Last week I wrote about a specific application of machine learning – a way to make weapons smarter, to simplify somewhat. East Asia Senior U.S. diplomat urges N. Korea to carry out summit deal on denuclearization Yonhap9/16/20 A senior U.S. diplomat called on North Korea to return to its denuclearization agreement signed with the United States at their 2018 summit, stressing that doing so would place the country in a much better position to cope with various problems including the new coronavirus. N. Korea unlikely to test-fire SLBM: defense minister nominee Yonhap9/14/20 North Korea has not shown signs of preparations to fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) anytime soon and chances of an SLBM launch on the occasion of October’s founding anniversary of the Workers’ Party appear low, defense minister nominee Gen. Suh Wook said Monday. Middle East IAEA in wide-ranging talks with Saudi Arabia on tougher nuclear checks Reuters9/15/20 The U.N. nuclear watchdog is in wide-ranging talks with Saudi Arabia about tougher supervision of the kingdom’s nuclear activities, the agency said on Monday, part of a wider effort to eliminate a “weakness” in the global inspections regime. Range of Iranian submarine-launched missile extended Tasnim News9/13/20 Speaking at a televised interview, Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi highlighted the advances in defense industries, pointing to the development of Jask-II submarine-launched missile. OPINION: For Iran, negotiations aren’t optional Foreign policyAriane Tabatabai, Henry Rome 9/15/20 With its economy in trouble, Tehran will have to talk to Washington. But the next administration shouldn’t rush things. South Asia OPINION: Pakistan’s nuclear diplomacy: commitment towards non-proliferation Modern DiplomacySher Bano 9/14/20 Ever since Pakistan became a nuclear weapon state, Pakistan’s nuclear diplomacy has been in practice on the principles of restraint and responsibility.