TOP NEWS

Iran breaks with more limits in nuclear deal as it pushes for European aid
New York Times

U.S. launches four missiles as it rejects Russia’s offer to sell advanced weapons
Newsweek

Study says North Korean base hosts nuclear-capable missiles that put Japan in crosshairs
Japan Times

Where did ‘maximum pressure’ go?
Wall Street Journal

United States/NATO

U.S. launches four missiles as it rejects Russia’s offer to sell advanced weapons
Newsweek9/6/19
The U.S. military has tested four nuclear-capable missiles in the past three days, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed he had offered to sell advanced weapons to his counterpart in Washington.

NATO diplomats and experts meet in Riga to discuss NATO’s nuclear deterrence
NATO9/5/19
Senior diplomats, policy experts, academics and NATO officials are meeting in Riga on Thursday to discuss NATO’s nuclear deterrence and defense at a time when Russia’s destabilizing actions and military build-up are undermining security in Europe.

The Future of Space 2060 and Implications for U.S. Strategy: Report on the Space Futures Workshop
U.S. Air Force Space Command9/5/19
This report provides a long-term perspective on possible space futures to inform strategic decision-making.

Middle East

Iran breaks with more limits in nuclear deal as it pushes for European aid
New York Times9/7/19
Iran’s atomic energy agency said Saturday that it was deliberately violating another set of limits on its nuclear research and production that were imposed under the 2015 agreement renounced by President Trump last year.

Pompeo presses Europeans after Iran curbs nuclear promises
Channel News Asia9/7/19
“We are confident that the UK, France and Germany – indeed, all civilized nations – will take decisive actions to stop Iran’s nuclear extortion,” Pompeo, who visited the European Union headquarters in Brussels earlier in the week, wrote on Twitter.

Russia/Europe

‘Russia to make efforts to preserve nuclear deal’
Tehran Times9/6/19
Russian State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky said on Friday that Moscow will push ahead with efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

East Asia

North Korea testing ‘creative’ weapons that could threaten US, experts say
CNN9/9/19
Experts say the latest missile tests by Kim Jong Un’s regime show Pyongyang is, for the first time, actively testing weapons to target weak points in the advanced missile defense system that protects the US, Japan and South Korea.

Study says North Korean base hosts nuclear-capable missiles that put Japan in crosshairs
Japan Times9/7/19
A new study spotlighting an “undeclared” North Korean missile base that hosts medium-range weapons capable of striking half of Japan was released Friday amid growing concerns in Tokyo over U.S. President Donald Trump’s acceptance of shorter-range missile tests by Pyongyang.

U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks still stalled, Trump’s envoy says
Bloomberg9/6/19
The U.S. envoy for North Korea said the Trump administration is ready to negotiate whenever Kim Jong Un’s regime is ready, effectively confirming that months of American efforts to bring the two sides back to denuclearization talks have stalled.

Commentary/Opinion/Analysis

Where did ‘maximum pressure’ go?
Wall Street JournalSeth G. Jones and Tom Karako
9/8/19
The Trump administration has let its early momentum in foreign policy dissipate. It’s time to turn back.

Iran is to blame for its recent aggressive actions. But so is Trump.
VoxAlex Ward
9/6/19
Iran’s recent behavior is exactly what experts warned would happen if the U.S. pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.