Nuclear Policy News - June 13, 2013

Jun 13, 2013
TOP NEWS 
 
DPRK doubts possibility of improve inter-Korean relations after cancelling talks in Seoul
 
Hardliners still split as Iran election campaigning ends
 
Upgraded nuclear cruiser to rejoin Russian Navy in 2018
 
Gen. Kehler lays out vision for STRATCOM
 
Stephen Harper slams ‘malevolent’ regimes in rare speech to British Parliament
 
EAST ASIA
 
DPRK lays responsibility on South Korea for wrecking talks
 
North Korea has laid responsibility for wrecking talks, which were scheduled to take place in Seoul on June 12, on South Korea, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement on Thursday.
 
DPRK doubts possibility of improve inter-Korean relations after cancelling talks in Seoul
 
Seoul’s provocative actions call into question the possibility of improving relations between the North and South, “even if the negotiations on this issue take place in the future.” This statement was made on Thursday by a representative of the DPRK Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.
 
N. Korea illustrates ‘hybrid’ military threats, US general says
 
North Korea, armed with nuclear bombs, advanced missiles and various other types of provocations, represents "hybrid threats" that the U.S. and its allies may face down the road, an American general said Wednesday.
 
N. Korea’s Kim Jong-un may bring more reforms in coming years: Swiss businessman
 
Under its Western-educated young leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea is likely to bring changes to revive its moribund economy, a longtime Swiss resident-businessman in the reclusive communist country said Thursday.
 
MIDDLE EAST
 
Hardliners still split as Iran election campaigning ends
 
Campaigning in Iran's presidential election ended on Thursday, a day before the vote in which the sole moderate candidate has an unlikely chance to steal victory from his hardline rivals.
 
Netanyahu: Iran Elections will not change Tehran nuclear goals
 
"As for the so called elections taking place in Iran this week… some elections - they decide who the candidates are. That's an interesting concept, but we're not going to adopt it. So, as for the so called elections taking place in Iran this week, well unfortunately they will change nothing of significance. This regime will continue to be led by one man, one ruler, who will continue Iran's quest for nuclear weapons," Netanyahu told reporters after meeting Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on the first day of his visit to Poland.
 
The Lengthening list of Iran sanctions
 
With concern mounting over Iran's nuclear ambitions, some lawmakers and policy advocates see sanctions as the best option to halt Tehran's uranium enrichment program.
 
SOUTH ASIA
 
Cohen urges US-Pak civilian N-deal
 
Stephen Cohen, an eminent American expert on South Asia, has asked Washington to formally recognise Pakistan’s nuclear status through civilian cooperation.
 
RUSSIA/FSU/EUROPE
 
Upgraded nuclear cruiser to rejoin Russian Navy in 2018
 
The Admiral Nakhimov, a nuclear-powered missile cruiser currently being overhauled and modernized, will rejoin the Russian Navy in 2018 with the most advanced weapons systems for its vessel type, the Sevmash shipyard said Thursday.
 
Nuclear convoy disaster exercise reveals weakness in emergency response
 
An emergency exercise has exposed serious weaknesses in Britain's ability to cope with a catastrophic motorway pileup in which a nuclear bomb convoy burns and spreads a cloud of radioactive contamination over nearby communities.
 
MULTILATERAL ARMS CONTROL AND NONPROLIFERATION
 
Moscow open for dialogue on European security issues
 
The recent European Security Conference in Moscow confirmed that Russia and NATO remain poles apart on ballistic missile defenses and conventional forces. But it's not all bad news, notes Richard Weitz. Both sides still see counterterrorism as an ideal way to promote deeper Russia-NATO cooperation.
 
Missile Defense Conference
 
Thank you, Dr. Clarke for inviting me here today. It’s good to be back at RUSI. I’m glad to have the opportunity this morning to share this panel today with Nancy. At the State Department, I am responsible for overseeing a wide range of defense issues, including missile defense policy. Today, I would like to speak to you about three parts of U.S. missile defense policy:
 
Stephen Harper slams ‘malevolent’ regimes in rare speech to British Parliament
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper evoked the ideals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher in a speech to British parliamentarians that stressed the need for shared vigilance in a world threatened by the “monsters” of terrorism.
 
U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY
 
US House c’tee triples missile funding to Israel
 
The US House of Representatives Armed Service Committee tripled President Barack Obama’s request for missile defense collaboration with Israel and sought to include the United States in Iron Dome development.
 
Hollywood Stars in Anti-Nuclear Campaign Film
 
Some of Hollywood's biggest stars have joined forces in a video calling on world leaders to rid the planet of nuclear weapons.
 
Gen. Kehler lays out vision for STRATCOM
 
The head of U.S. Strategic Command made the case this morning that STRATCOM cannot be viewed simply as the nuclear arm of the Pentagon.
 
OPINIONS
 
Iran: much more than nukes
International Business Times, by Lawrence J. Haas
 
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey’s acknowledgment this week that Iran “is a threat to U.S. national security in many ways,” and not just in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, is both welcome and timely.
 
New Zealand-U.S. defense relations: a possible return to the alliance
The Diplomat, by Jack Georgieff
 
Chuck Hagel raised eyebrows among strategic observers at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on June 1, when categorized the U.S. relationship with New Zealand alongside somewhat more complicated ties such as Vietnam and Myanmar. Sam Roggeveen at the Lowy Interpreter made note of this “snub” and Joshua Keating at Foreign Policy also mentioned it, while pointing out (correctly) that U.S.-New Zealand defense relations do have a rather convoluted history. Relations cooled significantly some decades ago over New Zealand’s legislative blanket ban on nuclear powered or nuclear weapons-capable naval vessels in 1985.
 
Slew of NDAA Amendments Expected on Nukes, Afghanistan, Iran, Drones, Etc.
Defense News, by John T. Bennett
 
The full U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to begin debate of the House Armed Services Committee-passed 2014 defense authorization on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Nathan Pyles: the long and winding road to nuclear weapons security
The Cap Times, by Nathan Pyles
 
Fifty years ago in June 1963, President John F. Kennedy, in a landmark American University commencement address, surprised the world by announcing the U.S. suspension of above ground nuclear weapons testing. By the fall of 1963, the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, under water, or in space was signed and ratified by the U.S., Soviet Union and Great Britain. Remarkably, this treaty followed immediately on the heels of the Cuban missile crisis, when the U.S. and Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear war.
 
Analysis: Iran election won’t impact nuclear policy
Jerusalem Post, by Ariel Ben Solomon
 
Is the Islamic Republic a rational actor and could it be deterred if it gets nuclear weapons, as the Soviet Union was during the cold war? And is the presidential election in Iran this Friday a significant event that could alter the trajectory of events and negotiations with the West?
 
Beijing and Washington share indeterminate future
The National Interest, by Robert A. Manning
 
Now what? The ostensible goal of the Obama-Xi “shirtsleeves summit” was to head off the trajectory of a volatile U.S.-Chinese relationship that appeared to be sliding toward confrontation—and define a new cooperative direction, new understandings and a new framework. In this respect, it was a potentially important but modest beginning. Rapport amongst leaders is valuable, and Obama’s effort to create an informal climate for discussion, free from boilerplate talking points, is to be commended—and hopefully, regularized.