South Korean Leader Urges Biden to Negotiate With North Korea

In an interview with The New York Times, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to sit down with North Korea.

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Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets

Recent attacks suggest that Israel has a clandestine network inside Iran and that Iranian security services have been powerless to break it.

#defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #quds-force, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

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A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle

A nuclear deal with Iran is central to President Biden’s foreign policy. So why did one of the United States’ closest allies apparently just try to blow it up?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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A Quiet Arms Race Is Rapidly Heating Up Between the Two Koreas

The buildup over the last few years has threatened the delicate balance of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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Iran’s Push to Enrich Uranium Amid Nuclear Talks: What to Know

A highly purified form of uranium is needed to make an atomic bomb, but the main point of Tehran’s action may be to give it leverage in nuclear talks.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #uranium

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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.

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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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China Poses Biggest Threat to U.S., Intelligence Report Says

The annual intelligence assessment does not predict a military confrontation with either Russia or China, but it suggests that so-called gray-zone battles for power will intensify.

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Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site

Iran also attacked an Israeli cargo ship at sea, raising tensions but causing little or no damage.

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Iran Vows Revenge for Alleged Israeli Attack on Nuclear Site

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, threatened Israel after a blackout at a uranium enrichment plant over the weekend.

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Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage

The power failure comes at a delicate time, with talks underway in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.

#defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #united-states-international-relations

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‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed

A return to the nuclear deal is the first step out of the morass.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Start on Positive Note in Vienna

Working groups on sanctions and uranium enrichment are making progress, diplomats said. The indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington are set to resume next week.

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Iran and U.S. Agree on Path Back to Nuclear Deal

In indirect talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran agreed to try to synchronize Washington’s lifting of sanctions and Iran’s limiting of uranium enrichment.

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U.S. and Iran Agree to Indirect Talks on Returning to Nuclear Deal

The two countries will negotiate through intermediaries next week in Vienna to try to bring both back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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North Korea’s Arsenal Has Grown Rapidly. Here’s What’s in It.

The country has one of the largest standing armies in the world, but much of its equipment is old and obsolete. North Korea has sought to make up for those shortcomings by building nuclear weapons.

#defense-and-military-forces, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #nuclear-weapons

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North Korea Fired 2 Ballistic Missiles, U.S. and Japan Say

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan said the test “threatens the peace and security of Japan and the region, and is a violation of United Nations resolutions.”

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North Korea Launches Missile Test as Tensions Rise With U.S.

The test was the first by Pyongyang since President Biden took office and came after it accused the United States and South Korea of raising “a stink” on the Korean Peninsula.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

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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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea, #united-states-indo-pacific-command, #united-states-international-relations

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Impasse Over Iran Nuclear Talks Sets Off International Scramble to Save Accord

The Biden administration is caught between critics in Congress and allies in Europe over returning to an accord to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions without bending to Tehran’s demands for financial relief.

#nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations

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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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Curbs Nuclear Inspectors, but Appears to Leave Space for a Deal

The new limits appeared to be lighter than the country had threatened, giving Western nations three months to see if they can revive the 2015 nuclear agreement.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #grossi-rafael, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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What My Father’s Covid Survival Taught Me About Security

He’s a security guard. I work in nuclear security. The pandemic swept away my sense that we can really protect the ones we love from anything.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #nuclear-weapons, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

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Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran

President Biden campaigned on restoring an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program. It remains unclear if Tehran, which is demanding that sanctions be lifted, will accept the offer to talk.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-parliament, #gazprom, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-germany, #national-security-council, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #pipelines, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden and Netanyahu Finally Talk, but No Details Are Revealed About What

Israel’s statement emphasized the personal relationship between the two leaders. The U.S. statement said they “discussed the importance of continued close consultation.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bernard Lown, Inventive Heart Doctor and Antiwar Activist, Dies at 99

He created the first effective heart defibrillator and co-founded a physicians group that campaigned against nuclear war, earning a Nobel Peace Prize.

#deaths-obituaries, #defibrillators, #doctors, #harvard-university, #heart, #implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-icd, #international-physicians-for-the-prevention-of-nuclear-war, #lown-bernard, #nobel-prizes, #nuclear-weapons

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Nuclear Deal Debate

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

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Biden’s Pick for Iran Envoy Resurrects Bitter Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Robert Malley, the son of a leftist, Jewish, Egyptian-born journalist, is the focal point for opening salvos over President Biden’s approach to the Middle East, and the value of a new deal with Iran.

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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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Suggests It May Seek Nuclear Weapons, in New Escalation of Threats

An Iranian official says U.S. sanctions could force Iran to revoke its pledge to not seek a nuclear weapon. New intelligence suggests Iran is 2 years away from producing one.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Names Iran Envoy in Battle of Wills With Tehran Over Nuclear Negotiations

Robert Malley, a former Middle East adviser to Democratic presidents and a conflict resolution analyst, had faced opposition from conservatives even before his appointment was announced.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #malley-robert, #nuclear-weapons, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Doomsday Clock Says World Remains ‘100 Seconds’ From Disaster

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said the clock’s position would remain unchanged from 2020, when its hands were set as close as they had ever been to a catastrophic “midnight.”

#bulletin-of-atomic-scientists, #doomsday, #global-warming, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Wants to Return to the Iran Deal. He Can Start Here.

There is a window now to restore America’s credibility and bring more stability to the Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #middle-east, #nuclear-weapons, #security-council-un, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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Who’s Got the Nuclear Football? Actually, the Question Is When Biden Gets ‘the Biscuit’

The handoff of power from President Trump to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday involves choreography that includes two nuclear footballs and two sets of launch codes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #inaugurations, #nuclear-weapons, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j

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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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Why Is Iran Kidnapping and Executing Dissidents?

Abductions and executions of Iranian journalists and activists seem to be aimed at complicating the resumption of talks under the Biden administration.

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Pelosi Pressed Pentagon on Safeguards to Prevent Trump From Ordering Military Action

But short of the cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching and convicting the president, it would be unconstitutional to defy legal orders from the commander in chief, experts note.

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Biden to Tap More Former Obama Officials for Top National Security Jobs

The president-elect is turning to trusted former colleagues to manage complex negotiations with Iran and Russia.

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South Korea Will Send Delegation to Iran Over Seized Ship

Tehran said the ship, which was taken with its crew, had been violating environmental protocols, but its owner has called the accusation “absurd.”

#defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #nuclear-weapons, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states-international-relations

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Iran Increases Uranium Enrichment at Key Nuclear Facility

The decision to resume enriching uranium to 20 percent could bring the country closer to the capacity to produce a nuclear weapon.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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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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In Abrupt Reversal of Iran Strategy, Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier Home

After weeks of escalation and threatening language, the Defense Department is sending mixed messages as the anniversary of the death of an Iranian general nears.

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To Deter Iranian Attacks on U.S. Troops, Pentagon Orders B-52 Flights to Middle East

It was the second time in three weeks that Air Force bombers had conducted long-range flights near Iranian air space on short notice.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #nuclear-weapons, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

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Iran Claims Arrests in Killing of Top Nuclear Scientist

A parliamentary adviser told a state-run news outlet that some people he accused of involvement in the assassination last month of the scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, had been arrested.

#fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #nuclear-weapons

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Iran Moves to Increase Nuclear Enrichment After Top Scientist Killed

In response to the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, Iran says it will return its nuclear enrichment to levels that existed before the 2015 nuclear deal.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #guardian-council-iran, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #qalibaf-mohammad-baqer, #rouhani-hassan, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

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