Russia Hopes Washington Will Clarify Its New Nuclear Strategy: Ambassador

Trump's Troubling Nuclear Plan

The report also calls for a modern nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile, which President George H.W. Bush stopped using and President Obama officially retired as part of the longtime strategy to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and lessen the role of the weapons in the USA defense policy.

"There are strong indications that our current strategy posture and capabilities are perceived by the Russians as potentially inadequate to deter them", Greg Weaver, the deputy director of strategic capabilities for the military's Joint Staff, told reporters.

The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki separately issued statements protesting the USA policy shift.

Nuclear weapons present a unique threat of national devastation and global extinction.

But according to some experts, the plan translates Trump's urge to "greatly expand and strengthen" the arsenal into policy.

For decades, the United States has been moving to reduce the relevance of forward-deployed nuclear weapons in Europe, and for good reason: USA nuclear weapons in Europe have virtually no military utility, and their storage at bases in multiple countries presents a serious security risk.

The Pentagon maintained that the U.S. had to balance the need for developing a plan for nuclear deterrence while at the same time maintaining a "commitment to nonproliferation and arms control", according to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.




At a Pentagon briefing, DoD, Energy Department and State Department officials declined to give cost estimates on the NPR's proposals for modernizing the nation's nuclear triad of land-based missiles, long-range bombers and submarines, but the Congressional Budget Office has put the price tag at $1.2 trillion through 2040.

But it specifies that extreme circumstances also could include "non-nuclear strategic attacks" including those on the "U.S., allied or partner civilian population or infrastructure", as well as "on USA or allied nuclear forces, their command and control, or warning and attack assessment capabilities". If the only nuclear response America could make would be to launch an attack on Russian Federation itself, thus risking nuclear Armageddon, it would be forced to back down. The Pentagon says it wants a proportionate weapon to match. The report calls for the U.S.to develop two new additional nuclear weapons to keep other world powers at bay. Memories of a smoldering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the stark fear generated by the Cuban missile crisis or the massive protests sparked in the early 1980s by the deployment of USA and Soviet intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe no longer drive or even inform policy.

The Trump nuclear doctrine breaks with Obama's in ending his push to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in US defense policy. "We are accused of lowering the nuclear threshold and of conducting some 'aggressive behavior", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The document argues that smaller nuclear weapons - with a yield of less than 20 kilotons - would challenge any assumption that USA weapons are too massive to serve as a credible deterrent.

"There are no good nukes and no such thing as a limited nuclear war".

In 2015, reports about the existence of the weapon first emerged, when Russian state television showed images of President Vladimir Putin visiting naval commanders in Sochi, with one shot showing an officer looking at what appeared to be plans for a Status-6 torpedo.

"The strategy develops capabilities aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely", Trump said in a statement.

Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the review was consistent with USA policy dating back decades.

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