USA nuclear policy is going to be more aggressive toward Russian Federation

Feb 06, 2018, 13:58
USA nuclear policy is going to be more aggressive toward Russian Federation

"The idea that you can have a battlefield nuclear weapon is very attractive to generals who want to win battles, but they are not going to win a war", he added.

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

Russia, Iran, and China have strongly criticized Washington's newly revealed policy plan to expand USA nuclear weapons capabilities in order to deter other countries.

"We can not afford to let [the USA nuclear arsenal] become obsolete", Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon. The plan, which calls for the USA nuclear arsenal to be revamped with the development of new low-yield atomic weapons, was announced in a policy statement by President Donald Trump's administration released on February 2.

In a statement, China's Defense Ministry said its own nuclear arsenal was at the "minimum level" required for its security and called on the "abandon a Cold War mentality" and "shoulder its special and prior responsibility for its own nuclear disarmament".

In a tweet published on Saturday, Zarif wrote, "The US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation".

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that Washington is simply seeking to justify its policy aimed at lowering the nuclear threshold by accusing Russian Federation of an alleged "aggressive strategy". Taking a dig at the U.S., the Iranian president also said that the United States speaks of peace while threatening other nations with nuclear weapons. But arms control group criticized it as reckless.

"These supplements will enhance deterrence by denying potential adversaries any mistaken confidence that limited nuclear employment can provide a useful advantage over the United States and its allies", the NPR states. Martin Schulz, who challenged Angela Merkel last September, called for remaining American bombs to be removed from Germany.

Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated before he took office, a final reprieve last month but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the pact or face a USA exit. Top-diplomat also said: "Trump's obduracy in killing the JCPOA (Iran's nuclear deal with world powers) stems from unsafe imprudence".

The ultimatum put pressure on European Union powers - key backers and parties to the 2015 global agreement to curb Iranian nuclear ambition.