US' Reliance on Nukes Bringing Mankind Closer to Annihilation: Iran

Violet Powell
February 6, 2018

Placing China and Russian Federation among the central reasons for its strategic move, the US' policy outline had argued it is necessary to strengthen its nuclear arsenal in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). But arms control group criticized it as reckless. It also endorsed adhering to existing arms control agreements, including the new START treaty that limits the United States and Russian Federation each to 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads on a maximum of 700 deployed launchers.

"Russia is modernizing an active stockpile of up to 2,000 non-strategic nuclear weapons, including those employable by ships, planes, and ground forces", the NPR reads.

The U.S. government says it has been in compliance since August and expects Moscow to comply by the deadline, which is Monday.

"Our long-term aim must continue to be a world without nuclear weapons", Gabriel said - the stated aim of U.S. nuclear policy under Barack Obama.

The administration's view is that Russian policies and actions are fraught with potential for miscalculation leading to an uncontrolled escalation of conflict in Europe. By expanding its own low-yield nuclear capability, the United States would deter Russian Federation from using nuclear weapons, according to American officials.

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The administration proposes a two-step solution. "These include air-to-surface missiles, short range ballistic missiles, gravity bombs, and depth charges for medium-range bombers, tactical bombers, and naval aviation, as well as anti-ship, anti-submarine, and anti-aircraft missiles and torpedoes for surface ships and submarines, a nuclear ground launched cruise missile in violation of the 1987 INF Treaty, and Moscow's antiballistic missile system".

The statement came as a reaction to the Pentagon's released Nuclear Posture Review that discussed the USA military outlook on nuclear threats.

Weaver said the most hard task for those working on the review was trying to address the gap between Russian and American non-strategic nuclear weapons.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief lawmakers on the major overhauls to USA nuclear weapons and conventional strategies that have drawn criticism from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

Asked whether the two new nuclear weapons are needed to deter Russia, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said February 2, "We are deterring nations that have spoken about using nuclear weapons".

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