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Trump Plan Seeks New Nuclear Weapons, Citing Russia

Trump Plan Seeks New Nuclear Weapons, Citing Russia

The strategy, described in a 75-page review released by the Pentagon, constitutes one of the most significant revisions of US nuclear strategy since the Cold War, one aimed at aggressively countering nuclear-armed Russian Federation and North Korea as well as terrorist groups seeking to acquire nuclear arms.

Such weapons research is a wake-up call for the U.S.to strengthen its own arsenal, the Defense Department's Nuclear Posture Review said Friday.

"Expanding flexible US nuclear options now, to include low-yield options, is important for the preservation of credible deterrence against regional aggression", the report says.

Obama had believed the US could lead by example, downgrading its own nuclear capabilities in the hope that other countries would do the same.

The U.S. now has roughly 1,400 nuclear weapons, down from a high of more than 12,000 during the 1980s. For example, when few if any nuclear weapons can reach capitals without strategic warning, any indications of an attack or detonation might not require rapid action; but a situation in which both Russian Federation and America/NATO have fast-flying, stealthy nuclear delivery systems and relations are poor, crisis instability is high.

The proposals stem from concerns that Russian Federation may see current United States nuclear weapons as too big to be used.

It is believed to be more powerful than any weapon in the USA and Russian arsenals, NPR reported. The two systems-including lower-yield nuclear weapons deployed on submarine-launched ballistic missiles and new nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missiles-are, the NPR argues, more usable and therefore seen as a more credible deterrent.

"That's why the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons bans all nuclear weapons, and the threatening of their use".

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"They have added new types of nuclear capabilities to their arsenals", the report reads.

The Obama administration's policy hinged on what the former president called a moral obligation for the United States to lead by example in ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

According to the 2018 US Nuclear Posture Review, published on Friday, the country will maintain and enhance the capability to deploy nuclear bombers and dual-capable aircraft around the world, and it is committed to working with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to ensure the readiness and operational effectiveness of such aircraft based in Europe.

Russian Federation on Saturday rejected Washington's statements made in its 2018 Nuclear Posture Review that Moscow refuses to further decrease its nuclear capabilities. We needed to climb down from the ladder of escalation and did so by introducing verification-based arms control at a time when U.S. Officials say the SLCM would provide reassurance to Japan and South Korea in the face of threats from North Korea and put pressure on Russian Federation to stop violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Low-yield nuclear weapons are also devastating but have a strength of less than 20 kilotons.

"It reaffirms that the fundamental role of U.S. nuclear policy is deterrence and continues our clear commitment to nonproliferation and arms control", said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

"For effective deterrence, the USA will hold fully accountable any state, terrorist group, or other non-state actor that supports or enables terrorist efforts to obtain or employ nuclear devices", the report said. Unlike during the Cold War, the United States now must deter several nuclear adversaries that each possess unique capabilities and pose unique potential threats both to the United States and our allies.

"This review rests on a bedrock truth: nuclear weapons have and will continue to play a critical role in deterring nuclear attack and in preventing large-scale conventional warfare", he said.


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