TOP NEWS

Turkey’s Erdogan says nuclear power should either be free for all or banned
Reuters

North Korea leader may visit South Korea for special ASEAN summit in November: Seoul
Yonhap News Agency

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan warns of a possible war with India over Kashmir
TIME

United States

Sens. Warren, Sanders, Markey call on defense leaders to chill pit production push
Aiken Standard9/21/19
Two Democratic presidential candidates believe there is no reason to produce 80 plutonium pits per year, as is planned, and have urged congressional defense leaders to step back and reconsider related legislation, according to a missive reviewed recently by the Aiken Standard.

Factbox: Democratic U.S. presidential hopefuls differ with Trump on foreign policy
Reuters9/24/19
When Democratic contenders have discussed foreign policy, they have spoken of America’s role in the world and generally have emphasized an intent to rebuild U.S. alliances.

Turkey

Turkey’s Erdogan says nuclear power should either be free for all or banned
Reuters9/24/19
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said nuclear power should either be free for all states or banned completely, and warned that the “inequality” between states who have nuclear power and who do not undermines global balances.

Middle East

Sanctions-hit Iran props up economy with bartering, secret deals
Reuters9/25/19
Washington’s policy of applying “maximum pressure” on Iran with wide-ranging sanctions has shredded the country’s oil revenues, sent its economy into recession and devalued its national currency.

East Asia

North Korea leader may visit South Korea for special ASEAN summit in November: Seoul
Yonhap News Agency9/24/19
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may visit South Korea for a special ASEAN summit in November, depending on progress in denuclearization talks with the United States, Seoul’s spy agency said Tuesday.

South Korea’s Moon looks to win back central role in North Korea-U.S. talks
Wall Street Journal9/24/19
President Moon uses a meeting with Trump to propose ideas for smoothing out nuclear talks, after the Vietnam summit’s failure.

South Korean leader calls for closer ties with North Korea
Associated Press9/24/19
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for deeper engagement with rival North Korea in return for progress on nuclear disarmament.

South Asia

Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan warns of a possible war with India over Kashmir
TIME9/25/19
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan bluntly warned that war was possible over India’s crackdown in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir at the U.N. General Assembly.

Russia

Blast, radiation unnerve Russians living near test site
Wall Street Journal9/25/19
Russia’s deadly August explosion during a missile trial was a wake-up call to some, saying “we’re worried it could happen again.”

Analysis/Opinion

Russian navy to be first to field hypersonic cruise missiles on submarines
ForbesH.I. Sutton
9/15/19
The Russian Navy is expected to be the first country to field hypersonic cruise missiles on its submarines, potentially giving it some strategic advantages in naval warfare.

Special Report

Changes in the Arctic: Background and issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service9/25/19
Although there is significant international cooperation on Arctic issues, the Arctic is increasingly being viewed by some observers as a potential emerging security issue.