USA nuclear policy is going to be more aggressive toward Russian Federation

Katrina Barker
February 7, 2018

It has triggered accusations that President Donald Trump's administration was seeking to lower the threshold needed for a nuclear strike and breaching non-proliferation agreements.

"Over the past decade, despite United States efforts to reduce the roles and numbers of nuclear weapons, other nuclear nations grew their stockpiles, increased the prominence of nuclear weapons in their security strategies, and-in some cases-pursued the development of new nuclear capabilities to threaten other nations", Trump said in a statement.

When the Obama administration did its own reset of the strategy in 2010, it argued the world could be made safer if the US reduced the role of nuclear weapons in defense strategy.

The Trump administration February 2 announced it will continue much of the Obama administration's nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russian Federation. "I'm afraid this Nuclear Posture Review will be used by other countries to ignore calls for nuclear arms reduction, and in doing so leave the world less safe". The nuclear weapons policy his team rolled out at the Pentagon last week offered full-throated support for the military's current and planned nuclear capabilities, including the new cruise missile and the ICBM fleet he once questioned.

"There is no scenario in which the Kim regime could employ nuclear weapons and survive", it says.

In a televised speech on Sunday, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said: "The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russian Federation with a new atomic weapon".

The review sought to back up Mattis on how the US nuclear deterrent would be channeled in confronting Russian Federation and China, which are now viewed under the strategy as the main security challenges to the USA, replacing terrorism. The Russian statement went on to call the document "an unscrupulous attempt to shift onto others one's own responsibility for the degrading situation in the field of global and regional security".

Greg Weaver, deputy director of strategic capabilities at the Pentagon, told Reuters the USA would be willing to limit developing the sea-launched missile if Russian Federation would "redress the imbalance in non-strategic nuclear forces".

First, it would modify "a small number" of existing long-range ballistic missiles carried by Trident strategic submarines to fit them with smaller-yield nuclear warheads.

The Associated Press reported in January on key elements of the US nuclear review, based on a draft version of the document, including its endorsement of the Obama administration plan for fully modernizing the nuclear arsenal by building a new strategic bomber, a new land-based intercontinental ballistic missile and a new fleet of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines.

The new document calls for far more spending - a program that at a minimum will cost $1.2 trillion over 30 years, without inflation taken into account.

Perry has also said adversaries could confuse the cruise missile the Pentagon is developing for a conventional missile.

"Russia considers the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to be the principal threats to its contemporary geopolitical ambitions", the report said. He stopped by a nuclear submarine base in Washington state. In a report issued last Friday, the USA made the rather unexpected observation that China should not mistakenly conclude that any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is acceptable.

But its diminution of arms control as a central part of the nuclear strategy may be just as striking.

"We're simply mirroring the reckless Russian doctrine", said Andrew C. Weber, former assistant defense secretary in the Obama administration who was in charge of overseeing the country's nuclear arsenal.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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