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United States considers use of first-strike nuclear weapons

United States considers use of first-strike nuclear weapons

"The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russian Federation with a new atomic weapon". In his State of the Union address January 30, he made no mention of expansion, though he said the arsenal must deter acts of aggression. "It is important to strengthen nuclear deterrence".

An estimated 1,000 North Koreans defect each year. In Asia, China (270) is followed by Pakistan, which has 140 nuclear weapons while India trails them with 130.

Andrew C. Weber, an assistant defense secretary during the Obama administration who directed oversight of the nation's nuclear arsenal, called the new plan a unsafe folly that would make nuclear war more likely.

Mr Zarif said the new policy was "in violation" of the worldwide nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

"The biggest difference relates to the supposed role of nuclear weapons in American military strategy", Michael Klare, an expert at the Arms Control Association, told Xinhua.

The treaty, negotiated under President Barack Obama, entered into force on February 5, 2011, and its weapons limits must be met by February 5. Pressed to say whether the US would, in fact, abandon the sea-launched cruise missile if the Russians return to treaty compliance, Mattis dodged.

The New START treaty restricts the United States and Russian Federation each to 1,550 deployed strategic-nuclear warheads on a maximum of 700 deployed ICBMs and strategic bombers.

The new policy was applauded by establishment Republican defense experts, including some who have shuddered at Trump's threats to use nuclear weapons against North Korea, but have anxious that he was insufficiently focused on Russia's nuclear modernization. The nuclear-weapons policy his team rolled out at the Pentagon this past 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.

The administration's view is that Russian policies and actions are fraught with potential for miscalculation leading to an uncontrolled escalation of conflict in Europe.

Low-yield weapons are smaller, less powerful bombs with a strength below 20 kilotonnes.

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By expanding its own low-yield nuclear capability, the United States would deter Russian Federation from using nuclear weapons, according to American officials.

The administration proposes a two-step solution.

"In my view, it will stimulate an effort by countries that feel threatened by the United States to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to USA soil", he said.

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) transits the Hood Canal as the boat returns to its homeport at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol.

"In the longer term", the administration plans to develop a nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile, re-establishing a weapon that existed during the Cold War but was retired in 2011 by the Obama administration.

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.

"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".

The foreign minister said the same impulse was driving the United States to undermine the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which president Donald Trump has demanded be renegotiated.

The Trump administration's proposal to add a sea-launched cruise missile to the US nuclear arsenal, criticized by some as overkill, is meant to provide new negotiating leverage to USA diplomats trying to persuade Russian Federation to end violations of a key arms control treaty, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Under a new START treaty, they are to further reduce the number of their nuclear warheads to 1,550 and launchers to 700 each.


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