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Iran nuclear deal: What’s next for the JCPOA?
Al Jazeera

ANALYSIS: In Afghan withdrawal, a Biden doctrine surfaces
New York Times

NATO chief urges China to join nuclear arms control talks
Associated Press

United States

ANALYSIS: In Afghan withdrawal, a Biden doctrine surfaces
New York Times – Helene Cooper, Lara Jakes, Michael Shear, Michael Crowley
9/4/21
In the chaotic finale of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, a Biden Doctrine is emerging: a foreign policy that avoids the aggressive tactics of forever wars and nation building, while uniting allies against the authoritarianism of rising powers.

OPINION: Why President Biden needs to revisit—and reduce—his defense budget
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists – Lawrence Korb
9/7/21
In defense, dollars are policy. The federal government cannot execute the national security strategy or wage combat effectively unless it proposes to purchase the appropriate amount of manpower and material.

East Asia

NATO chief urges China to join nuclear arms control talks
Associated Press9/7/21
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged China on Monday to join international efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons amid concerns that the Asian superpower is rapidly developing missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads.

Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defense zone
BBC9/6/21
The defense ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

NATO chief alarmed by construction of new Chinese nuclear missile silos
South China Morning Post9/7/21
China has also been expanding its nuclear arsenal with more warheads and a more sophisticated delivery system, said Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

High flying North Korean general promoted to senior party role
Al Jazeera9/7/21
Appointment of Pak Jong Chon part of most significant reshuffle of ruling elite in years.

North Korea promotes General to ruling party’s presidium, state media says
Reuters9/6/21
North Korea has elevated a general long seen as a rising star in the country’s powerful military and a major player in its missile programme to a position in the presidium of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) politburo, state media reported on Tuesday.

Middle East

Iran nuclear deal: What’s next for the JCPOA?
Al Jazeera9/3/21
With a conservative government in Iran and Biden touting ‘other options’, restoring JCPOA will be difficult, analysts say.

Iran ready for nuclear talks, but not under western pressure, says Raisi
Reuters9/4/21
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday Iran was ready to hold talks with world powers to revive its 2015 nuclear accord but not under Western “pressure”, adding Tehran was seeking negotiations leading to a lifting of U.S. sanctions.

Israel’s military chief says ‘accelerating’ Iran strike plans
Al Jazeera9/7/21
Chief of General Staff Aviv Kohavi’s comments follow a series of warnings from high-level Israeli officials over Tehran’s nuclear programme.