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Moscow slams U.S. statements on Russia's refusal to cut nuclear capabilities

04 February 2018

Under then-Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, the United States sought an alternative to mutually assured destruction, under which any use of nuclear weapons between the USA and Soviet Union would result in both countries being annihilated, Saunders said in an interview with Task & Purpose on Friday.

In a statement following the release of the review, Donald Trump said: "The strategy develops capabilities aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely".

What this NPR says is, we're going to increase the role of nuclear weapons.

The policy unveiled Friday envisions the introduction of so-called "low-yield nukes" on submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The policy update was meant to "look reality in the eye" and "see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be", said Defense Secretary James Mattis.

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Since the development of nuclear weapons, the USA has never completely ruled out a first strike, but the NPR appeared to expand the circumstances in which a "first use" would be contemplated.

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

To drive home the point about deterrence, and to make America's ability and willingness to respond to both nuclear and non-nuclear Russian attacks more "credible", the Trump administration plans to pursue the first new nuclear weapon systems since the Cold War. Low crisis stability reflects a condition when leaders feel pressure to respond quickly even to ambiguous events because the risk of inaction may be greater than the consequences of acting inappropriately.

A potential spike in funding would likely funnel into New Mexico's laboratories, where Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories are collectively among the highest-funded nuclear weapons sites in the nation, with New Mexico raking in around $5 billion from the U.S. Energy Department annually - roughly $1 billion more than any other state.

Moscow also expressed its concern over the fact that the U.S. maintains and upgrades its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, deploying them "in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders". Root also said there was no "automaticity" to what the US would do in undefined "extreme circumstances".

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North Korea was also blasted for continuing its nuclear program, and officials warned that any attack by Kim's army would result "in the end of that regime".

Another expert said there was no evidence that Russian Federation was actively developing the system. It asserts that any North Korean nuclear attack against the USA or its allies will result in "the end of that regime". "It is clearly inspired by overblown Russian worries that US missile defenses will make their missile forces obsolete".

It is believed to be more powerful than any weapon in the USA and Russian arsenals, NPR reported.

He floated the possibility that the graphic, showing a non-existent nuclear delivery system, was deliberately included in the broadcast as a ploy for Russian Federation to flex some military might. But the Pentagon concluded that China and Russia had not followed suit, and that "the capability of Russian and Chinese nuclear arsenals is actually getting better against ours", in the words of Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In addition, "Iran's nuclear ambitions remain an unresolved concern", and "globally, nuclear terrorism remains a real danger", the NPR said.

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Low-yield nuclear weapons, while still devastating, have a strength of less than 20 kilotonnes. Critics worry the new weapons would make the US more likely to use nuclear force and, hence, feed a nuclear arms race.

Moscow slams U.S. statements on Russia's refusal to cut nuclear capabilities