TOP NEWS

Ousted Bolton disagrees sharply with Trump’s North Korea strategy
CNN

Experts: Another Trump-Kim summit hinges on denuclearization agreement
Voice of America

How to dismantle a nuclear bomb: Team successfully tests new method for verification of weapons reduction
Science X Network

Middle East

Nuclear deal ‘worthless’ if it does not benefit Iran: Vaezi
Tehran Times9/29/19
Presidential chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi says the nuclear deal is worthless if it does not benefit Iran.

Iran releases British-flagged tanker as inspectors report new breach of nuclear deal
CBS News9/27/19
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported Thursday that Iran is further enriching uranium with advanced centrifuges, the latest and most serious violation to date of the 2015 nuclear deal.

East Asia

Ousted Bolton disagrees sharply with Trump’s North Korea strategy
CNN9/30/19
Ousted national security adviser John Bolton made clear Monday his sharp disagreements with his former boss, President Donald Trump, on North Korea, saying he didn’t believe Pyongyang would willingly surrender its nuclear weapons.

Experts: Another Trump-Kim summit hinges on denuclearization agreement
Voice of America9/30/19
Another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would hinge on Washington and Pyongyang agreeing on a denuclearization process through working-level talks, experts say.

China ‘poised to unveil new nuclear missile’ at military parade in warning to Trump
Independent9/29/19
A parade by China’s secretive military will offer a rare look at its rapidly developing arsenal, including possibly a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the United States in 30 minutes.

Japan lists China as bigger threat than nuclear-armed North Korea
Epoch Times9/27/19
China’s growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo’s annual defense review indicated on Sept. 26, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

Multilateral Arms Control

How to dismantle a nuclear bomb: Team successfully tests new method for verification of weapons reduction
Science X Network9/30/19
MIT researchers have now successfully tested a new high-tech method that could help inspectors verify the destruction of nuclear weapons.

Analysis/Commentary

Trump’s nuclear China option
The New RepublicAnkit Panda
9/30/19
Hawks are telling the president to toughen up on Chinese nukes, but their plan might spur a new global atomic arms race.

Confronting reality: The bitter medicine that North Korea policy needs now
War on the RocksVan Jackson
9/30/19
Washington’s North Korea policy should be redesigned to acknowledge that the underlying premise of America’s longstanding approach, the assumption that North Korea can be convinced to denuclearize, is incorrect.

Will Trump’s bluster force his hand on Iran?
New York TimesEditorial Board
9/27/19
Trump may not want war, but he has helped raise tensions to such a level that a misstep or deliberate provocation by any one of a number of players in the Middle East could drag the United States into one.

Which is the bigger nuclear threat, Iran or North Korea?
The DiplomatTimothy S. Rich, Madelynn Einhorn, and Parker Cohen
9/27/19
Logically, the U.S. public should be more concerned about North Korea’s program. But the data suggests otherwise.