FAS Roundup – July 23, 2018

By July 23, 2018

Ankit Panda writes for The Diplomat: North Korea’s dismantling of its Sohae test site “likely” can sustain post-Singapore implementation talks. However, the Sohae dismantling is not irreversible and “does not cap North Korea’s production of additional missiles.” 

Trump says new images show North Korea has begun dismantling ‘key missile site’
Adam Mount told CNN: DPRK’s Sohae dismantling is “helpful” but not “major” disarmament step. 

North Korea said to be dismantling key parts of launch site
Adam Mount told AP: “Dismantling a test site does not seriously constrain [North Korea’s] existing arsenal or even future designs.” 

Kim Jong Un Suckered Trump With a Fake De-Nuke ‘Breakthrough’
Ankit Panda writes for The Daily Beast: Kim Jong-un is “setting the pace” for North Korea’s “cosmetic” denuclearization process. 

Security clearances: What exactly can Trump do? 

Steven Aftergood told CNN: “Saying mean things about the President” does not justify revocation of security clearances. 

Congress Urges Cyber Ops Against Russia, Others

Rebuking the Trump Administration for its “passivity,” Congress is pressing the Department of Defense to engage in “active defense” in cyberspace against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. 

Bid to Rectify the “Black Budget” Fails

The “black” budget — classified government spending on military procurement, operations, and intelligence — is misleading because it distorts the amount and presentation of the published budget. 

Security Clearances and Presidential Authority

Revoking security clearances for access to classified information in order to punish critics, as the White House proposed to do yesterday, is probably within the President’s authority. But it shouldn’t be. 

Steven Aftergood publishes analysis and new/updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports in the FAS Secrecy News blog. To subscribe to the FAS Secrecy News mailing list, click here.

There are 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world: Here are the countries that have them

CNBC cited FAS Nuclear Information Project (directed by Hans Kristensen) data in its profile. 

 

Russia and China Will Retaliate Against U.S. Missile Systems in Asia, Ambassador Warns

Newsweek cited Hans Kristensen’s June report that Russia is upgrading a nuclear storage site. 

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