GSN: Pentagon Undecided on Nuclear Warhead for New Cruise Missile
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Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TOP STORIES 3/20/2012 PENTAGON UNDECIDED ON NUCLEAR WARHEAD FOR NEW CRUISE MISSILE By Elaine M. Grossman Global Security Newswire WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Department has yet to determine which nuclear warhead will be fielded on a weapon that replaces the 1980s-vintage Air Launched Cruise Missile, according to Pentagon and combatant command officials. IRAN CANNOT SUCCUMB TO WESTERN TACTICS: LEADER Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday urged his country to bolster its economic self-reliance in the face of international measures aimed at curbing its suspected nuclear-weapon development activities, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported. IAEA INVITED BACK TO NORTH KOREA The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday it has been formally invited to come back to North Korea after a three-year absence, the Associated Press reported. NUCLEAR WEAPONS 3/20/2012 CHINA ATTEMPTING TO SWAY NORTH KOREA ON MISSILE LAUNCH PLANS China on Monday continued its campaign to convince longtime ally North Korea to cancel plans to launch a long-range rocket into space, Reuters reported. OBAMA’S NONPROLIFERATION INITIATIVES SEEN LOSING STEAM President Obama’s bid to pursue a nuclear weapon-free world and counter the threat of nuclear-armed extremists has foundered following early successes, and the intensifying U.S. electoral race diminishes the likelihood of significant new accomplishments by his administration in either area, Reuters reported on Tuesday. OBAMA, LEE TO DISCUSS NORTH KOREA DURING NUCLEAR SUMMIT South Korean President Lee Myung-bak plans to meet separately with his counterparts from the United States and 25 other nations during next week’s Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday. DELIVERY SYSTEMS 3/20/2012 MEDVEDEV SAYS RUSSIAN MILITARY MUST READY RESPONSE TO U.S. MISSILE SHIELD Outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said the nation’s armed forces must move to respond to a U.S. effort to deploy missile interceptors in Europe, the Associated Press reported. OTHER TOPICS 3/20/2012 RUSSIA SUPPLIES YARS, TOPOL-M ICBM UNITS TO 10 MILITARY REGIMENTS Russia has finished providing up-to-date Topol-M and Yars ICBM units to 10 armed forces regiments, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced on Tuesday. ISRAEL TO BUY SIXTH NUCLEAR-CAPABLE SUB Israel is set on Wednesday to finalize its purchase of a sixth Dolphin-class submarine from Germany, Haaretz reported. RUSSIAN BALLISTIC MISSILE SUB FIRE TO INFORM BRITISH BASE CHECK A British ballistic missile submarine installation is undergoing checks for potential hazards after a Russian nuclear-capable vessel caught fire late last year, the London Express reported on Sunday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The principles of deterrence are not invalid just because the party to be deterred wears a turban and a beard.” Paul Pillar, Former CIA Middle East specialist, on dealing with a potentially nuclear-armed Iran.
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