TOP NEWS Iran’s Khamenei rejects talks with United States Reuters Japan and U.S. top envoys vow to cooperate on North Korea and Middle East Japan Times Unique IAEA nuclear science and technology services highlighted at 63rd general conference International Atomic Energy Agency United States Northrop announces suppliers for new ICBM. Boeing is not on the list Defense One9/16/19 Just days ago, Boeing said Northrop rejected its offer to jointly build the new nuclear weapons. Extra-long sustainment contracts are Lockheed’s latest bid to cut F-35 costs Defense One9/16/19 The company is pitching the Pentagon on a five-year deal — with promises to keep 80 percent of the fleet mission-ready. Middle East Iran’s Khamenei rejects talks with United States Reuters9/17/19 Iran will never hold one-on-one talks with the United States but could engage in multilateral discussions if it returns to the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, according to state television. Merkel urges return to Iran nuclear deal to defuse Middle East tensions Reuters9/17/19 German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a return to an international deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activities as the only way to defuse tensions in the Middle East. East Asia North Korea explains conditions for getting rid of nuclear weapons ahead of U.S. talks Newsweek9/16/19 North Korea has laid out its conditions for discussing denuclearization ahead of the next round of planned talks with the United States, striking a positive tone for North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump’s historic peace process. Japan and U.S. top envoys vow to cooperate on North Korea and Middle East Japan Times9/17/19 Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed Monday to cooperate on North Korean nuclear issues and in dealing with the situation in the Middle East following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s major oil facilities. Multilateral Arms Control Unique IAEA nuclear science and technology services highlighted at 63rd general conference International Atomic Energy Agency9/16/19 No other international organization offers the range of services related to nuclear science and technology that the IAEA does, Acting Director General Cornel Feruta said in his opening address to the IAEA’s 63rd General Conference today. Global nuclear threat ‘highest since cuban missile crisis’ (VIDEO) Voice of America9/16/19 World leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, which begins Tuesday in New York, must make nuclear arms control a priority, according to a group of over 100 political, military and diplomatic figures. Commentary/Opinion/Analysis Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy on Iran did not fail Al JazeeraAli Bakeer 9/16/19 Despite Bolton’s departure and Tehran’s recent aggressions, Trump’s bold Iran strategy still has a chance to succeed. Why China wouldn’t want to fight for North Korea, but would anyway in a war National InterestRobert Farley 9/16/19 China would focus on ensuring North Korea survived and did not collapse. Yes, China will soon have nuclear-powered aircraft carriers National InterestRobert Farley 9/16/19 China has long-desired a first-class navy, and that means carriers with the ability to remain at sea for extended periods of time.