“This year, we’ve conducted more than a dozen intercepts, the most in recent years. The importance of our continued efforts to project air defence operations in and through the north has never been more apparent.”
“The next arms control agreement must be multilateral,” Marshall Billingslea, Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing and nominee for Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs told reporters last week. “We do absolutely expect that whatever arrangements are reached, the Chinese will be part of a trilateral framework going forward.”
They also referred to a range of top US defense officials who oppose quitting the deal now, although they would support tougher inspections of Iran’s military nuclear sites and restrictions on Iran’s testing of advanced uranium centrifuges.
The Trump administration has tried to rally its allies against Iran but has failed. The other signatories to the JCPOA—Russia, China, the U.K., Germany and France—remain committed, and the United Nations Security Council has rejected U.S. efforts to extend an arms embargo on Iran or re-apply the sanctions lifted by the JCPOA.
The treaty limits the number of nuclear warheads over permitted 700 delivery systems to 1,500, with each heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments counting as one warhead toward this limit, and the number of deployed and non-deployed launchers to 800. It also provides for 18 on-site inspections annually for mutual oversight purposes.
The U.S. and Iran reached a nuclear deal alongside major world powers in 2015 but President Donald Trump’s administration withdrew in 2018 and imposed unilateral sanctions that have made it difficult for the international community to normalize trade ties with Tehran as promised by the agreement. Washington has since pushed for European powers, China and […]
Ursula Kuczynski, code-named Sonya, could have “transformed world history” if Joseph Stalin hadn’t changed his mind about killing the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, claims writer Ben Macintyre in his new book “Agent Sonya”, excerpts of which have been published in the Times newspaper.
“Today we discussed the situation around the joint comprehensive action plan to resolve [the situation around] the Iranian nuclear program. And of course we, Russia and China, as well as the overwhelming majority of UN Security Council members, reject American attempts to dismantle this most important international agreement for the world, which was approved by […]
Many in the U.S. remain the most concerned about adversarial states such as North Korea and Iran, although the Persian Gulf nation does not currently possess nuclear weapons. Analysts have argued that the best way to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed power is to return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly […]
Japan formally surrendered 75 years ago this week on board the USS Missouri, its empire-building ambitions in tatters after U.S. atomic bombs leveled two cities, ushering in the nuclear age. Chinese leaders marked the anniversary Thursday in a brief and solemn ceremony at a memorial hall that remembers those who fought the Japanese.