'Shameless threatening of Russia' - Iran on United States nuclear review

US 'shamelessly threatening Russia with atomic weapon', says Iran's Rouhani

The NPR outlined that President Trump, just like his predecessor Barack Obama, would consider in "extreme circumstances" using nuclear weapons.

"There is no evidence that nuclear weapons are becoming more prominent in China's military strategy or that China has changed its longstanding no-first-use policy", Kulacki said. Previous administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have worked to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, and this review breaks sharply from that bipartisan tradition.

A treaty committing the United States and to keep their long-range nuclear arsenals at the lowest levels since early in the Cold War goes into full effect Monday.

The hawkish paper, consistent with the previously released National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy, painted a bleak picture for USA security, and called for more dominant role for nuclear weapons in its arsenal. "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".

He accused Russia, China and North Korea of boosting their nuclear stockpiles and "raising the prominence of nuclear weapons in their security strategies".

Thomas Karako, a specialist on nuclear issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said many people - including Obama - enter government sympathetic to disarmament but moderate their ambitions when confronted with threat intelligence.

"The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russian Federation with a new atomic weapon", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who opened the way to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers including longtime adversary Washington, said in a speech. "It is important to strengthen nuclear deterrence". 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".

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 review alleged, among other things, that Russian Federation is "developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers" and would "continue to increase its warhead delivery capacity" in the future.

However, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has put the cost of modernizing the nuclear triad of bombers, land-based missiles and submarines through 2040 at $1.2 trillion.

A senior administration official, who would discuss the policy only on the condition of anonymity, said Trump had been briefed on the new nuclear approach but was leaving the details to Mattis and to his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster.

For starters, Russian Federation already has the capability to strike the United States. For example, the policy calls for "the rapid development" of a cruise missile that would be fired from submarines, then become airborne before reaching its target.

"There are no acceptable nuclear weapons to use", Fihn, whose organization won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, said.

"The strategy develops capabilities aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely..."

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