One of the points of competition during the Republican primaries was who could be most vehement in denouncing the nuclear agreement with Iran, the formal title of which is the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA). Donald Trump chose to focus on the negotiation aspect, supposedly one of his strong points. It was a bad deal; he would get a much better one, no specifics given. The negotiatiors used the wrong strategy. Presumably he expected something more like this: Read More
This election campaign is utterly exhausting. It’s the drama that always accompanies a toxic personality. We try to keep Nuclear Diner relatively nonpolitical, but Donald Trump would do untold damage to the country – has done some damage already. Former ICBM launch officers say that Trump is not a person who can be trusted with the nuclear codes.
And here’s Michelle Obama’s response on how women should be treated. Short version: like respected people. But the video is very worth watching to see the emotion that many of us have been feeling. Read More
There’s a lot going on in the world that isn’t Donald Trump. Unfortunately, we have to pay attention to a bullying ignoramus who might become President of the United States. Here are some of the other things, and a few background pieces on continuing issues. Read More
Comparison of open-source photos of Iranian and North Korean missiles suggests that the two are not collaborating on missile designs. Top graphic from here. Read More
It appears that a number of people who might be expected to understand how diplomacy and international agreements work have become confused on some matters. They seem to be calling for complete transparency in the dealings of the IAEA with Iran and the P5+1. To be sure, there may be differences in how lines should be drawn, but radical transparency is new in diplomatic relations. Read More
Scary headline: U.S., others agreed to ‘secret’ exemptions for Iran after nuclear deal. But no.
The report on which that article is based is here. It is from the Institute for Science and International Security, which has been beating the drum for airtight and public inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities. Both technical and diplomatic issues are in play. Read More
Denmark has picked up 500 tons of Libyan chemical warfare materials, apparently mostly precursors, and is transporting them to Germany for destruction. (Top photo from here) Read More
Donald Trump news continues to take all the oxygen. But there’s other stuff included below the fold.
It’s the anniversary of dropping the first atom bomb used in war on Hiroshima, Japan. Read More
While the campaigns for the US presidency continue, other things are happening. Read More