The martyr state myth
Matthew Duss, Foreign Policy — August 24, 2011
The “martyr state” myth is based upon two flawed assumptions. First, that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been uniquely willing to endure the deaths of its own citizens in order to achieve its policy goals. Second, that the Iranian Shiite regime’s End Times theology actually induces it to trigger a conflagration.
Tehran’s Nuclear Endgame
Michael Rubin, The National Review — August 25, 2011
When considering Iran’s nuclear weapons, however, the character of the regime is less important than the ideology of those who would have custody, command, and control of the nuclear arsenal.
Iran sees fresh hope in nuclear inspections
Kaveh Afrasiabi, Asia Times — August 26, 2011
he United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has had a fresh look at Iran’s facilities and this, together with Tehran’s embrace of a Russian proposal to gradually resolve the nuclear standoff, may set the stage for a new round of multilateral nuclear talks in the next few weeks.
North Korea reiterates stance on six-party talks
CNN — August 26, 2011
North Korea has reiterated its willingness to resume six-party talks without preconditions, Chinese state media reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il said during a visit to China that the North is ready to resume the talks, the state-run Xinhua news agency of China reported.
Five South Koreans charged with spying for North Korea
Lucy Williamson, BBC — August 26, 2011
Five South Korean men have been charged with spying for North Korea, South Korean prosecutors say.
U.S.: Gadhafi Chemical, Nuclear Material Secure
Kirit Radia, ABC News — August 25, 2011
American officials said today that Moammar Gadhafi’s stock of chemical and nuclear materials are secure, amid fears they could fall into the wrong hands as the longtime leader’s regime falls.
Libyan rebels fight pockets of resistance, continue hunt for Gaddafi
Simon Denyer and Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post — August 26, 2011
Libyan rebels fought isolated pockets of resistance early Friday as special forces hunted for fugitive leader Moammar Gaddafi after clearing one of his loyalists’ last major strongholds in the capital.
Beijing expanding its nuclear stockpile
Bill Gertz, Washington Times — August 25, 2011
China is expanding its nuclear forces with a new multiwarhead mobile missile and keeps its strategic stockpiles in deep underground bunkers, the Pentagon disclosed in its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military.
China issues protest over U.S. report on military
Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press — August 26, 2011
China formally protested over a Pentagon report on the Chinese military Friday, calling it a major distortion that flew in the face of a warming trend in relations between the two nations and their militaries.