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China plans to double nuclear arsenal, Pentagon says
Defense News

Iran nuclear deal: Why US ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran could fail
BBC

ANALYSIS: U.S. modifies arms control aims with Russia
Arms Control Association

United States

China plans to double nuclear arsenal, Pentagon says
Defense News9/1/20
China plans to double its stockpile of nuclear warheads in the next decade, including those designed to be carried atop ballistic missiles that can reach the United States, the Pentagon said in a report released Tuesday.

REPORT: 2020 China military power report
U.S. Department of Defense9/1/20
A report to Congress pursuant to the NDAA for fiscal year 2000, as amended.

East Asia

ANALYSIS: UN experts see North Korean nuclear gains
Arms Control AssociationJulia Masterson
9/1/20
North Korea’s production of nuclear weapons continues despite aggressive sanctions, according to an article by CNN on Aug. 4 of an unreleased report by a UN panel of experts.

ANALYSIS: Japan’s policy on missile warning systems fits within long-term trends
Japan TodayRobert Wilson
8/31/20
This summer has been notable for Japan’s missile and missile defense policy. On June 25, Defense Minister Taro Kono announced the cancellation of the planned acquisition and deployment of the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system.

STATEMENT: Industry advisory on North Korea ballistic missile procurement
U.S. Department of State9/1/20
The advisory identifies key procurement entities and deceptive techniques used by North Korea’s missile program, provides an overview of relevant provisions under U.S. law, including sanctions authorities, related to DPRK proliferation activities, and lists relevant resources.

Middle East

Iran nuclear deal: Why US ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran could fail
BBC9/1/20
Even before he was elected, President Donald Trump called the Iran nuclear settlement of 2015 “the worst deal ever”.

Countries part of Iran nuclear deal claim U.S. cannot force sanctions on Iran
Fox News9/1/20
International community claims the U.S. lost the right to invoke sanctions when they removed themselves from Iranian nuclear deal.

Russia and Europe

ANALYSIS: U.S. modifies arms control aims with Russia
Arms Control AssociationKingston Reif, Shannon Bugos
9/1/20
The Trump administration has softened its demand that China immediately participate in trilateral nuclear arms control talks with the United States and Russia and says it is now seeking an interim step: a politically binding framework with Moscow that covers all nuclear warheads, establishes a verification regime suitable to that task, and could include China in the future.

South Asia

Why Chinese and Indian troops are clashing again
Washington Post9/2/20
China and India, two nuclear-armed powers with a combined population of 2.7 billion, have been gathering thousands of troops at a disputed border in a remote area of the Himalayas.

Outer Space

ANALYSIS: The rise and fall of space sanctuary in U.S. policy
AerospaceRobin Dickey
9/1/20
The history of U.S. space policy includes more continuity than it does change, especially over the last four decades.