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Nuclear Powers Need to Disarm Before It’s Too Late

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
The U.S. has pulled out of a major arms agreement with Russia, and the Trump administration wants to bump the budget for the modernization of nuclear weapons by nearly 9 percent. The nuclear powers should observe the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Europe, China and Russia Move to Sidestep US Sanctions on Iran

Patrick Wintour The Guardian
The European Union, India, China and Russia are challenging the US effort to try to impose new Iran sanctions, pointing out that in reality it is the US, by tearing up the nuclear agreement, that is in breach of UN resolutions.

Diplomacy With North Korea Has Worked Before, and Can Work Again

Tim Shorrock The Nation
The war hawks are wrong when they say that past negotiations, like the 1994 Agreed Framework, didn’t make a difference. August 2017 was a reminder of the scariest, and riskiest, days of the Cold War. All month long, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un engaged in a bitter war of words that escalated into tit-for-tat displays of military might and ended with mutual threats of mass destruction.

Trillion Dollar Trainwreck

Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks. Despite a clear obligation under Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty the US continues to pursue exotic elective changes to the nuclear stockpile. Many LEPs will result in nuclear weapons with new military capabilities—contrary to promises and assertions made by President Obama.

Former Mossad Chief: Obama's Right on Iran

Efraim Halevy Y-Net News
Netanyahu should accept the American offer of dialogue on the draft agreement reached in Lausanne, instead of signalling his intent to scupper it out of hand.

Pentagon Admits Israel Has Nukes, Too

William Greider The Nation
Early last month the Department of Defense released a secret report done in 1987 by the Pentagon-funded Institute for Defense Analysis that essentially confirms the existence of Israel’s nukes. The confirmation of this poorly kept secret opens a troublesome can of worms for both the US government and our closest ally in the Middle East.
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