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Recent satellite imagery suggests increased uranium production in North Korea. This article is getting some notice by other news services. This is the source. The two locations in question are on shown on this map.

 

The Iran deal will have many repercussions in many places. It may improve Armenia’s access to commerce. It may bring us closer to ending the war in Syria. A former CIA officer sees rays of light in the Middle East.

Here’s the letter from 29 scientists endorsing the Iran deal. And a letter from 36 retired US generals and admirals backing the deal.

This interview of Gary Samore, the former president of United Against Nuclear Iran and a former Obama administration official, is helpful in laying out his reasoning (and others’) on why the deal is a good one. Better than all the alternatives, at least.

Why Congress can’t block the Iran deal. Because it’s not just up to the United States. A view from Europe on what a Congressional rejection of the deal and veto override would mean.

An interesting argument from former Republican and Democratic chairmen of the Senate Armed Services committee: rejecting the deal, by alienating our allies in the negotiations, will make it harder for the US to threaten military action against Iran in the future.

Walter Pincus says that Iran is already a nuclear threshold state and that the only way to change that is through the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

A summary of the issues by Robert Einhorn, who was involved in the negotiations.

How vulnerable is Iran to sanctions in the future?

From Iran: Long reads on the Iranian view of the negotiations and the discussion now going on there. The first comes from a series of interviews that Iranian officials are now giving and contains some interesting history. The second sounds like a more intelligent discussion than what is happening in the US. Interview with Ali Akbar Salehi, president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

 

 

Another excellent article on the situation in eastern Ukraine from Lawrence Freedman.

Good point here: The more Russia does in eastern Ukraine, the more America and Ukraine learn about its military tactics and doctrine, which would give them an advantage in future military action.

Russia has been having some trouble with its airplanes and helicopters lately. Parts used to come from Ukraine.

The fall of the Soviet Union made the world more wooded.

 

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