CSIS: Nuclear Policy News 11/7/2022


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Nuclear Policy News – November 7, 2022

United States
ISSUE BRIEF: Strengthening deterrence with SLCM-N
Atlantic Council—John R. Harvey and Robert Soofer
Former nuclear deterrence policymakers John R. Harvey and Robert Soofer, from Democratic and Republican administrations, respectively, argue that the SLCM-N is needed to address a gap in US nuclear deterrence capabilities created by Russia’s and China’s continuing efforts to maintain and expand regional nuclear forces.
Middle East

Iran has ‘tested satellite launcher successfully’ amid rising hostility with US
France 24
Iran announced Saturday the successful test flight of a rocket capable of propelling satellites into space, three months after launching a satellite with the help of Russia. This comes amid rising tensions with Western countries as Tehran is alleged to have provided Moscow with military equipment to help its Ukraine war efforts. 

East Asia
North Korea says missile tests were practice to attack South and U.S.
North Korea’s military said Monday its recent barrage of missile tests were practice to “mercilessly” strike key South Korean and U.S. targets such as air bases and operation command systems with a variety of missiles that are likely nuclear-capable.

North Korea makes no mention of ICBM in report on more than 80 missile tests
North Korean state media has released images purporting to show last week’s missile launches with a warning that the so-called “reckless military hysteria” of the United States and its allies is moving the Korean peninsula towards “unstable confrontation.”
China bomber spied with new air-launched hypersonic
Asia Times
China’s Xian H-6K strategic bomber has been spotted carrying a new type of air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM), emphasizing its anti-access/area denial (A2/AD), carrier-killer and standoff strike capabilities against US bases and forces in the Pacific.

ANALYSIS: North Korean missile launches may mean new nuclear tests
Vox—Ellen Ioanes
US and South Korean officials believe North Korea may be gearing up for its seventh nuclear test, after the country, led by dictator Kim Jong Un, launched a barrage of missiles this week, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in violation of repeated United Nations Security Council efforts to stop such actions.


Senior White House Official Involved in Undisclosed Talks With Top Putin Aides
The Wall Street Journal
President Biden’s top national-security adviser has engaged in recent months in confidential conversations with top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to reduce the risk of a broader conflict over Ukraine and warn Moscow against using nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction, U.S. and allied officials said.

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