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May 26, 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE
  • An Early Test for Obama's Engagement Policy
    The Washington Post
  • Nuclear Blast of Reality
    Forbes
  • What to Do About North Korea
    The Washington Post
  • Russian Uranium Sale to U.S. Is Planned
    The New York Times
  • Israeli Document: Venezuela Sends Uranium to Iran
    Associated Press
  • Iran Says Powers Agree to Nuclear Talks After Vote
    Reuters
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An Early Test for Obama's Engagement Policy

Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post
ObamaPresident Obama came into office saying he wanted to demonstrate that engagement with hostile nations is more effective than antagonism, but North Korea's nuclear test now leaves the young administration with critical choices about its response.

Does it ramp up the pressure with new and tougher sanctions? Does it not overreact and essentially stand pat? Or will it, like the Bush administration after North Korea's first test in 2006, shift course and redouble efforts at engagement and diplomacy?

Nuclear Blast of Reality

Henry D. Sokolski, Forbes
The Obama administration has just got a multi-kiloton blast of reality from North Korea's second test of a nuclear weapon. The president responded immediately, declaring the U.S. would "stand up to this behavior" and would "redouble" its efforts" to create a "more robust international nonproliferation regime."

What to Do About North Korea

Dan Blumenthal and Robert Kagan, The Washington Post
The North Korean launch of its Taeopodong-2 missile and its second nuclear test have laid bare the paucity of President Obama's policy options. They have exposed the futility of the six-party talks and, in particular, the much-hyped myth of China's value as a partner on strategic matters.

Russian Uranium Sale to U.S. Is Planned

Andrew E. Kramer and Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times
Russia, already a large supplier of nuclear-reactor fuel to Europe and Asia, is expected on Tuesday to sign its first purely commercial contract to supply low-enriched uranium to United States utilities.

Israeli Document: Venezuela Sends Uranium to Iran

Mark Lavie, Associated Press
Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

Iran Says Powers Agree to Nuclear Talks After Vote

Zahra Hosseinian, Reuters
Iran has told world powers including the United States talks on its nuclear program must wait until after the Islamic Republic's presidential election on June 12, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday.

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