The Next 2 Weeks Ahead, June 9-22: Iran Nuclear Talks; Missile Interceptor Test

The following are some of the key arms control dates and developments to watch over the next fortnight. WeekAheadSOLO

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– written and compiled by Tim Farnsworth

June 9-10: Top U.S.-Iranian Officials Hold Bilateral Meeting on Nuclear Issue

A senior team of senior U.S. diplomats lead by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will hold bilateral consultations with their Iranian counterparts today and tomorrow (June 9-10) in Geneva in an effort to accelerate progress toward a final nuclear accord by July 20.

The two sides appear to have made progress on some key issues, but must still close the gaps on key issues, including setting limits on Iran’s uranium-enrichment capacity. See the latest issue of Arms Control Today for analysis on “The Iranian Uranium-Enrichment Challenge,” by Daryl G. Kimball.

June 10: Expert Panel on Iran Nuclear Talks, 9:30am at the Wilson Center

A consortium of eight Washington think tanks and organizations will hold the second in a series of expert briefings about the ongoing talks among world powers regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

This event,  “Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables,” will focus on the framework for the agreement, breakout” estimates and options for limiting uranium enrichment capacity, as well as Iran’s expectations for phasing-out sanctions.

The event will be held from 9:30-11:00 a.m., at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Sixth Floor, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW in Washington, D.C..

Speakers include former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association, Robert Litwak of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and Jon Wolfsthal of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. RSVP online.

June 10: House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Iran’s Nuclear Compliance

10:00 a.m., House Foreign Affairs Committee, hearing on “Verifying Iran’s Nuclear Compliance,” with Stephen Rademaker, former Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and Nonproliferation; John Lauder, former director, Nonproliferation Center, Intelligence Community; Olli Heinonen, former deputy director general, International Atomic Energy Agency; and Joseph DeTrani, former director, National Counter Proliferation Center, Office of the Director of National Security. 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington. Webcast on the committee website.

June 16-20: P5+1 and Iranian Political Directors Talks Resume in Vienna

The next round of talks between six world powers and Iran on a comprehensive agreement to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful will be held in Vienna from June 16 to 20. 

For more on the long-running effort to resolve the issue, see: “Timeline of Nuclear Diplomacy With Iran,” Arms Control Association Factsheet, May 26, 2014.

June 22: U.S. Plans Ground-Based Strategic Ballistic Missile Interceptor Test 

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is planning to conduct a test of its Ground-based interceptor missile, CE-II, on June 22, according to Reuters . The CE-I and CE-II interceptors are currently deployed at the two sites on the West Coast, yet continue to fail recent tests and have yet to be tested under a realistic threat scenario.

J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation, has called for a redesign of the interceptors instead of continuing to invest billions in a missile defense system that has failed to demonstrate its desired capability. For more information and analysis, see:

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