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Russia and U.S. could scrap another nuclear arms treaty
EU Observer

Statement by the President regarding new restrictions on Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits
White House

Trying to hammer Iran with U.N. sanctions, U.S. issues more of its own
New York Times

United States

Biden says he would push for less U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons for defense
Associated Press9/21/20
Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump’s buildup in nuclear weapons spending.

Statement by the President regarding new restrictions on Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits
White House9/21/20
The United States has now restored UN sanctions on Iran.

OPINION: With Russia and China violating the CTBT, U.S. must resume nuclear testing
Washington TimesPeter Pry
9/21/20
Nuclear weapon scientists and strategists are increasingly concerned about the safety and reliability of U.S. nuclear weapons, none tested in nearly three decades, obeying the unratified Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

OPINION: A non-kinetic answer to the hypersonic threat
Real Clear DefenseGrant Haver, Jeffery Edmonds
9/22/20
Adversaries are developing new, long-range, hypersonic strike capabilities that have wide ranging security implications.

East Asia

PACOM Chief warns of threat to Guam; China presses hard
Breaking Defense9/18/20
The head of the Indo-Pacific Command issued a stark warning Thursday that large US bases in the Pacific remain outgunned, and underprepared, to defend against China’s massive stockpile of ballistic and cruise missiles.

OPINION: The U.S. must avoid a nuclear arms race with China
AEIOriana Skylar Mastro
9/21/20
Since the turn of the century, China has been modernizing its nuclear forces in earnest. Currently, Beijing’s nuclear arsenal is estimated to number in the 200s.

Middle East

Iran nuclear deal: US unveils new sanctions targeting arms sales
BBC9/22/20
U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order that opens up foreign governments and companies to economic penalties if they sell weapons to Iran.

Trying to hammer Iran with U.N. sanctions, U.S. issues more of its own
New York Times9/21/20
The Trump administration targeted Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs after the U.N. refused to enforce international penalties that the U.S. said it had triggered over the weekend.

Russia and Europe

Russia and U.S. could scrap another nuclear arms treaty
EU Observer9/22/20
There was “minimal” chance of Russia agreeing to extend a nuclear arms treaty, called New Start, beyond 2020, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian state media Monday.