The Clock Is Ticking for Biden on Iran

The United States must quickly decide on lifting sanctions and come up with a credible road map for reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

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Iran Talks Resume, Gingerly, After Attack on Nuclear Site

Another round of Vienna talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear accord is considered to be positive despite an apparent Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

The declaration by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to put to rest any speculation that Iran would boycott or quit the Vienna talks aimed at saving the nuclear deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons

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North Korean Threat Forces Biden Into Balancing Act With China

Washington’s recent attempts to communicate with Pyongyang were rebuffed, leaving American officials to appeal to countries in the region to help pressure North Korea.

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South Korea Will Pay More for U.S. Troop Presence

South Korea has agreed to increase its payment for the upkeep of American troops by 13.9 percent this year. The deal removes a major thorn in the alliance.

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

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Kremlin Welcomes Biden’s Offer to Extend Nuclear Treaty

The response from Moscow suggests that Russia will engage in talks to continue a disarmament pact, despite the new U.S. administration’s pledge to take a harder line on other issues.

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Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty

There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.

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North Korea Unveils New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

Days before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, the North made its latest demonstration of its nuclear might at a Pyongyang military parade.

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Russia to Exit Open Skies Treaty, Escalating Rivalry With U.S.

Washington withdrew from the treaty, which lets countries make reconnaissance flights over each other’s territory, last year. Moscow’s move could signal difficulties for the Biden administration.

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​Kim Jong-un Uses Party ​Congress to Double Down on Nuclear Program

The North Korean leader said his economic policies had failed, but he called his nuclear arms buildup one of the great feats “in the history of the Korean nation​.”

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #workersparty-of-korea

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Biden Plans Renewed Nuclear Talks With Russia While Punishing Kremlin, Adviser Says

The president-elect also plans to pursue a “follow-on negotiation” with Iran over its missile capabilities if Tehran re-enters compliance with the nuclear deal.

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G20 Summit Closes With Little Progress and Big Gaps Between Trump and Allies

World leaders committed to some efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but the meeting illustrated the difficulty of carrying out an agenda when the United States is indifferent or hostile to many goals.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #group-of-twenty, #international-trade-and-world-market, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The New World Order That President Biden Will Inherit

The importance of vision, expertise, honesty and simple decency in the management of world affairs cannot be overstated.

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The End of ‘America First’: How Biden Says He Will Re-engage With the World

Those who have known President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for decades say they expect him to move carefully, providing reassurance with a few big symbolic acts.

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Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

President Trump will be handing Joseph R. Biden Jr. a difficult cleanup act in America’s relations with many countries. But it may not take much for Mr. Biden to improve the mood.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #europe, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #iran, #kim-jong-un, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #presidential-election-of-2020, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-international-relations

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George Shultz Speaks Out for Renewing U.S. Leadership Overseas

At a moment when the United States has pulled back from its allies, the former secretary of state lamented the Trump administration’s allergy to international accords.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shultz-george-p, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons Passes Important Threshold

Fifty countries have now ratified the treaty, so it will become international law. The United States and the eight other nuclear-armed powers reject it but have failed to stop its advance.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #guterres-antonio, #international-campaign-to-abolish-nuclear-weapons-ican, #nuclear-weapons, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #treaties, #united-nations

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U.S. and Russia Appear to Edge Toward Extension of Nuclear Treaty

Russia proposed that the two countries make a “political obligation” to freeze their existing arsenals of warheads for one year.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #nuclear-weapons, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #stockpiling, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Thought He Had a Nuclear Deal With Putin. Not So Fast, Russia Said.

Trump administration officials want to broaden the New START accord and warn that the price of a new deal will rise after the election. Joe Biden supports a straight five-year extension of the deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #nuclear-weapons, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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North Korea Unveils New ICBM During Military Parade

The weapon appeared to be bigger than the North’s previous long-range missile, indicating that it might be able to fly farther with a more powerful nuclear warhead.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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U.N. General Assembly: Live Updates

As world leaders meet for the 75th United Nations General Assembly this week, the gatherings are virtual, but the challenges all too real.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #general-assembly-un, #manhattan-nyc, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations

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R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

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In a Nuclear Arms Race, the World Can Be Destroyed in a Flash

It seems that the United States is plunging into a new arms race without learning the lessons of the last.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #cold-war-era, #hiroshima-japan, #nuclear-weapons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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After Hiroshima’s Carnage, Setsuko Thurlow Devoted Her Life to Peace

Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima 75 years ago this month, has used the power of her personal story to try to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #canada, #hiroshima-japan, #international-campaign-to-abolish-nuclear-weapons-ican, #nobel-prizes, #nuclear-weapons, #thurlow-setsuko, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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U.S. Examines Whether Saudi Nuclear Program Could Lead to Bomb Effort

Intelligence agencies are scrutinizing whether the kingdom’s work with China to develop nuclear expertise is cover to process uranium and move toward development of a weapon.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-nonproliferation-treaty, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #saudi-arabia, #schiff-adam-b, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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Hiroshima 75th Anniversary: Preserving Survivors’ Message of Peace

Hibakusha, as they are known in Japan, will be a diminished presence at a memorial event because of advancing age and the coronavirus.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hiroshima-japan, #hiroshima-peace-memorial-museum, #nuclear-weapons, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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China’s Arms Buildup Threatens the Nuclear Balance

A Pentagon leader argues that as Beijing’s weapons grow in size and sophistication, the U.S. and Russia will have to reassess their own arsenals.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #nuclear-weapons, #russia, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #united-states-international-relations

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A New Superpower Competition Between Beijing and Washington: China’s Nuclear Buildup

The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #defense-department, #energy-department, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Russia Flouts Another Treaty. So We’re Leaving It.

The agreement undermines security instead of promoting it.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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