Another installment of the best (and only) regular ACW post!
The White House | “…varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used [sarin] on a small scale…” Joseph Holliday says that Assad has outfoxed Obama.
Nature | From prison in Iran, a graduate student writes that he refused to work on a laser-based enrichment program meant for military purposes.
Yonhap News | North Korea has moved two Scud missile launchers to its east coast. Should we be afraid?
38 North | Still no missile tests, but North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric keeps escalating. Byung Chul Lee makes the case for engagement. Related: Jeffrey Lewis makes the case for taking the nuclear threat at face value. Elbridge Colby makes the case for reasserting U.S. nuclear deterrence.
The Sun | Where Kim Jong-un learned theatrics.
CTBTO | Radioactivity detected after North Korea’s February 12th nuclear test confirms that the test occurred. Time to update this website?
The New York Times | James Acton asks, is China changing its position on nuclear weapons? No, says Yao Yunzhu. No, says M. Taylor Fravel. No, says Gregory Kulacki, and let’s stop nagging them about it. (Acton responds to Yao and Fravel. Rachel Oswald reviews the debate.)
New Statesman | Kate Hudson of the UK’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament thinks the U.S. will make Britain give up its nukes. Maybe as soon as the U.S. finishes cutting a leg off the Triad?
Washington Post | Champion of fiscal restraint Lindsey Graham (here is his voting record) is up in arms about another spending cut. No history of pork there. But that’d be great.
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