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Nenoksa and Chernobyl: Will a New Arms Race Make the Sky Fall in on Mankind?

Parallels have been drawn between a mysterious explosion, on August 8, near the Russian village of Nenoksa, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986. The explosion was accompanied by an, albeit brief, spike in radiation levels detected at Severodvinsk, a … Continue reading

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Yongbyon Dismantlement for Snapback Sanctions Relief: Deal or No Deal?

Reports continue to emphasise that the upcoming working level meetings between US and North Korean officials, following the third Kim-Trump meeting at Panmunjom, will discuss an interim Yongbyon plus deal involving what’s called a “nuclear freeze” for limited sanctions relief. … Continue reading

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Taking the Standoff Between Iran and the US in the Gulf as a Controlled Experiment

The escalating crisis in the Persian Gulf between Iran and the United States and its allies is about as close as one can get to a controlled experiment in international relations. On the hand the crisis promises to tell us … Continue reading

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What Happened at Hanoi, What You’re Supposed to Think Did, and What Should Happen Now

What you’re supposed to think happened at Hanoi, didn’t happen at Hanoi and Donald Trump is no Forrest Gump because though a moron Gump wasn’t a hustler. Continue reading

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Washington is Compelling Iran to Withdraw from the JCPOA

The US is seemingly goading Iran into withdrawing from the JCPOA. That might lead to some nasty surprises, for both them and us. Whilst attention continues to be drawn to North Korea, important developments continue to characterise the Iranian nuclear … Continue reading

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Trump’s JCPOA Language Game: The Strategic Logic to JCPOA Withdrawal

Most commentary on the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, at least from the sane end of the spectrum, has made the point, firstly, that it is not based on a firm strategy, that it more reflects the warped impulses of … Continue reading

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Trump’s Effective Withdrawal from the JCPOA and the 123 Agreement Negotiations with Saudi Arabia

President Trump’s decision to not extend the waiver on US sanctions on Iran, officially not a US withdrawal but in effect one, means the United States is no longer in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s … Continue reading

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Creating Instability to Create Stability: Trump’s Decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal

President Trump has refused to certify that Iran is meeting its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, whilst at the same time announcing a new, more confrontational, approach to Iran. Trump did not terminate the agreement, but he … Continue reading

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Fogbank, North Korea’s Hydrogen Bomb and the Reliable Replacement Warhead.

The Reliable Replacement Warhead was a Bush era programme for developing new nuclear warhead designs, which was eventually cancelled but some of its key features live on in the Obama era Interoperable Warhead concept. The RRW programme faced a tough … Continue reading

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Additional Reprocessing of Plutonium at Yongbyon?

A study of the thermal patterns at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre conducted and published by researchers at 38North suggests that North Korea has engaged in two plutonium reprocessing campaigns not previously, publicly, known which naturally boosts external estimates … Continue reading

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