Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

DOD Pushes Spending Hikes In New Nuclear Weapons Plan

DOD Pushes Spending Hikes In New Nuclear Weapons Plan

"The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russian Federation with a new atomic weapon", said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Washington's brand-new, 100-page Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), released on Friday, recommends a belligerent approach towards Russian Federation as regards nuclear proliferation.

"This is a response to Russian expansion of their capability and the nature of their strategy and doctrine", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote in the 75-page summary of the review, which also highlights the USA concerns about North Korea, Iran, and China. The document lists non-nuclear attacks that could constitute grounds for USA nuclear retaliation; a conventional attack that results in mass casualties or targets key infrastructure could trigger a nuclear response.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned in a Twitter message that the US policy document risked "bringing humankind closer to annihilation".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif warned today that the nuclear strategy recently adopted by the United States puts the world on the verge of Apocalypse. It asserted that Russia would consider using nuclear weapons in only two scenarios: in response to an attack involving nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction, and in response to a non-nuclear assault that endangered the survival of the Russian nation.

"The United States already possesses a robust nuclear arsenal and unmatched conventional capabilities".

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"That's why we need to start new initiatives in Europe for arms control and disarmament", Gabriel said in a statement, adding that developing new weapons sent the wrong message and risked triggering an arms race.

The new USA posture focuses heavily on what the administration sees as an overdue modernization of the nuclear arsenal, the laboratories and plants that support the arsenal, and the far-flung communications and early warning systems that enable the Pentagon to command and control the weapons.

"In the Trump NPR, nuclear munitions are viewed as playing a significant and growing role in USA military strategy, and so their numbers and types should be increased to make this possible", the expert said.

"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.

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