Moscow denounces "anti-Russian" US nuclear policy

04 February, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"And, importantly, it reaffirms our commitment to arms control and nuclear non-proliferation, maintains the moratorium on nuclear testing, and commits to improving efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism", he said.

In the long term, the U.S. military will also develop a new nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile.

The Nuclear Posture Review is a step in the right direction wholly consistent with a bipartisan consensus on US nuclear weapons policy post Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine.

The Trump Administration's nuclear plan is increasingly public, with its unclassified summary providing confirmation of all the concerns that have already been set out in recent weeks, that the administration intends the development of new, lower-yield nuclear weapons that they believe would be more usable than the current arsenal.

But rather than laying out a plan to halt this slide into a more risky world and working to decrease reliance on nuclear weapons, the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) hastens its rise by accepting the reasoning of USA adversaries and affirmatively embracing nuclear competition. She said the administration is blurring the line between nuclear and conventional war-fighting. By evaluating the current threats to the United States and allies on a case-by-case basis, USA strategy communicates to ill-intentioned actors like North Korea or China that we are prepared to face them and ultimately makes the possibility of engagement less likely.

The Nuclear Posture Reviewdescribed a "new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo", which could be deployed from beneath a submarine. NBC News reported that in a July meeting at the Pentagon, he asked for the nuclear stockpile to be increased tenfold; it was after this meeting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called the president a "moron".

My view is that the use of or the threatened use of nuclear weapons in these circumstances simply aren't credible.

USA officials have in the past expressed concern over the possibility of nuclear weapons of Pakistan landing into the hands of non-state actors or terrorist groups and thus has been working with Islamabad in enhancing the security of its nuclear weapons.

The thought is with the low-yield weapons, other countries with the weapons would not use them for fears of retaliation from the U.S.

The Pentagon's newly updated Nuclear Posture Review outlined two new types of nuclear weapons to be produced: low-yield nuclear options for ballistic missiles, which could be launched from a submarine, and nuclear-armed submarine-launched cruise missiles.

While the West got rid of most of its tactical nuclear weapons, regarding them as no longer militarily necessary and potentially destabilising, Russian Federation went in the opposite direction, seeing them as a way to offset the weakness of its conventional forces. "As someone who knows the horror of a nuclear weapon, I find (the new policy) extremely disappointing", said 83-year-old Shoso Kawamoto in Hiroshima.

In 2015, reports about the existence of the weapon first emerged, when Russian state television showed images of President Vladimir Putin visiting naval commanders in Sochi, with one shot showing an officer looking at what appeared to be plans for a Status-6 torpedo. Rather, it has held on to about 2,000 such systems and modernised some of them (by contrast, America keeps just a few hundred low-yield gravity bombs in Europe). "It is said that Russian Federation can launch a nuclear strike, that Russian Federation does not comply with global treaties - they mention among others the Treaty on short-and intermediate-range missiles, . of course, they mention issues of tactical nuclear weapons", Antonov said.

Kingston Reif, director for disarmament research at the Arms Control Association advocacy group, said the document could bolster a new kind of arms race.



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