TOP NEWS

Iran will no longer honor nuclear deal’s limits on research
New York Times

Putin says Russia will make new missiles, warns of arms race
Reuters

Senate Democrats urge diplomatic action against North Korea as Trump downplays tests
CNN

Middle East

Iran will no longer honor nuclear deal’s limits on research
New York Times9/6/19
Moving further away from the 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran said Thursday it had stopped honoring the deal’s limits on research and development, a potentially important breach of the accord.

U.S. defense chief signals Iran ‘inching’ could lead toward talks
Radio Free Europe9/6/19
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has hinted that Iran might be nearer to an opportunity for new talks despite Tehran’s latest move away from adherence to international curbs on its nuclear activities.

Russia/Europe

Putin says Russia will make new missiles, warns of arms race
Reuters9/5/19
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia would produce missiles that were banned under a landmark Cold-War era nuclear pact that ended last month, but that Moscow would not deploy them unless the United States did so first.

Putin says he’d sell Russia’s newest missiles to U.S.
Boston Globe9/5/19
President Vladimir Putin said he offered to sell President Trump Russia’s latest weapons, including hypersonic missile systems, as part of efforts to revive strategic arms talks with the United States.

East Asia

Senate Democrats urge diplomatic action against North Korea as Trump downplays tests
CNN9/6/19
A group of Democratic US senators on Thursday sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to escalate diplomatic action against North Korea following months of missile launches from the country, which have received little public pushback from the administration.

Experts: China could be ‘new road’ for North Korea if U.S. diplomacy fails
Voice of America9/4/19
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with a senior North Korean official Wednesday in Pyongyang during a three-day visit that began Monday, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

China plans giant underground lab to research nuclear waste
CNN9/6/19
China is building a laboratory up to 560 meters (1,837 feet) underground in the middle of the Gobi Desert to carry out tests on nuclear waste, officials have confirmed.

South Asia

Pakistan nuclear bogey shows lack of faith in its Army: General Bipin Rawat
Economic Times9/6/19
The Pakistan nuclear bogey in retaliation to the withdrawal of Article 370 is a sign that there is a lack of conviction in its conventional forces, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said.

Commentary/Opinion/Analysis

What happens after the INF treaty?
Defense OneJohn Woodworth
9/4/19
Deterrence and arms control have long shaped U.S. national security policy. A negotiator of the 1987 agreement asks: What now?

Doors of perception
War on the RocksThomas Brady and Jim Perkins
9/6/19
America’s continued role in the world will be shaped by its ability to leverage AI (and other technologies) in strategically advantageous ways.

A Trump-Rouhani meeting: inevitable or inconceivable?
Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsJohn Krzyzaniak
9/5/19
Over the last two weeks there have been a flurry of statements from American and Iranian officials on the possibility of negotiations between Iran and the United States.

Emerging technologies, emerging challenges – the potential employment of nuclear technologies in future PLA NC3
Nautilus InstituteElsa B. Kania
9/5/19
Although certain of these technologies could enhance China’s confidence in its NC3 in ways that may prove stabilizing, there are also reasons for concern that the potential introduction of such complex, untested technologies could also create new risks and exacerbate the threat of miscalculation.