Nuclear Policy News – September 4, 2018

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South and North Koreas Prepare for Summit
Voice of America

UK minister visits Iran for first time since Trump quit nuclear deal

How an ICBM commander learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
Washington Post

East Asia

South Korea Pushes to Revive Nuclear Talks in Trip to Pyongyang
South Korean envoys will seek to revive nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea in a high-stakes mission to Pyongyang, as President Donald Trump expresses growing frustration with negotiations.

South Korea to deliver letter from President Moon to North Korea’s Kim – Yonhap
South Korea’s presidential envoy said on Tuesday he will deliver a letter from President Moon Jae-in to North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un when he visits Pyongyang on Wednesday to discuss the leaders’ third summit later this month, Yonhap reported.

South and North Koreas Prepare for Summit
Voice of America8/31/2018
South Korea is sending a special envoy to North Korea next week to discuss the arrangements for a third summit between the two countries’ leaders. A South Korean presidential spokesman said Friday the as-yet-unnamed envoy will travel to Pyongyang Wednesday.

U.S.-North Korea Stalemate Threatens Nuclear Disarmament Deal
Wall Street Journal9/3/2018
Nearly three months after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands with President Trump and agreed to pursue denuclearization and a reset in relations, the two sides have reached an impasse over who should make the next concession in talks aimed at implementing their accord.

North Korea preparing toned-down military parade: analysts
Satellite imagery shows North Korea is poised to stage another military parade amid new worries that diplomatic efforts on denuclearization are stalling, though analysts say it is unclear whether it will showcase any of the country’s largest ballistic missiles.

Middle East

UK minister visits Iran for first time since Trump quit nuclear deal
A junior British minister will arrive in Tehran on Friday to discuss the future of Iran’s international nuclear deal, in the first visit to the country by a UK minister since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 agreement.

Opinion and Analysis

Welcome American Friends to Glorious North Korea
Foreign PolicyDoug Bandow
Letting U.S. tourists back into the country would be a small but potent move toward peace.

Special Interest

A horrifying and believable path to nuclear war with North Korea
War on the Rocks9/4/2018
Book Review – Many of us believe that if nuclear missiles were to strike the United States, they would most likely come from North Korea. However, it is hard to dramatize this possibility or to make a convincing case for the exact pathway to a war. Jeffrey Lewis, a respected nuclear analyst, sets this as his task in what he calls a “speculative novel,” The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States.

How an ICBM commander learned to stop worrying and love the bomb
Washington Post9/1/2018
In between training for doomsday, the women and men of the 12th Missile Squadron stood at attention when their new commander entered the conference room. They had heard the rumors, even out in the underground capsules across the Montana countryside where they wait for an order from the president to launch the nation’s intercontinental nuclear missiles. Lt. Col. Stephen L. Meister stepped on stage and riffed on the Cold War antinuclear movie “Doctor Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Then he turned to his unlikely past. “Most of the stories are true,” he said.

How a 60-year-old BBC radio show may be one of the only things keeping the world from nuclear war
Business Insider9/1/2018
Deep underwater, on submarines equipped with nuclear missiles, British crews are constantly prepared to fire their weapons, and potentially play a part in bringing about the end of the world. Sailors on the four Vanguard-class submarines which patrol the waters and hold the UK’s nuclear deterrent operate under strict protocol for working out when to act and what to do — part of which is said to include listening to BBC radio.

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