Little place for arms management in Trump's nuclear technique

REUTERS

REUTERS

In contrast to the president's address, the report issued Friday, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, focuses intensely on Russian Federation.

China "always abides by the principle of no first use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances", Mr Ren said, and will "unconditionally not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states".

When the Obama administration did its own reset of the strategy in 2010, it argued the world could be made safer if the US reduced the role of nuclear weapons in defense strategy.

According to SIPRI data, Russian Federation has 7,000 nuclear weapons while the United States follows closely with 6,800.

Jim Mattis became defense secretary past year, he arrived at the Pentagon with reservations about the US nuclear arsenal. "I'm afraid this Nuclear Posture Review will be used by other countries to ignore calls for nuclear arms reduction, and in doing so leave the world less safe".

The nuclear-weapons policy the Pentagon chief's team rolled out 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 initial report said $1.2 trillion would be needed to upgrade and modernize America's nuclear arsenal.

The US military wants to revamp its nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons, largely in response to Russian actions in recent years, the Pentagon said.

Moscow has called the new U.S. policy "bellicose" and "anti-Russian" and warned it might take responsive measures to boost its own security.

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"Our long-term aim must continue to be a world without nuclear weapons", Gabriel said - the stated aim of USA nuclear policy under Barack Obama.

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.

Freeman, who served as assistant secretary of state for global security affairs under President Bill Clinton, said the review appeared to prepare to release the U.S. armed forces from weapons constraints they had kept for more than 30 years.

Pulling out of the 1987 treaty "would allow the United States to develop and deploy short and medium-range cruise missiles against China as well as against Russia", Freeman explained. He stopped by a nuclear submarine base in Washington state.

The United States would modify "a small number" of existing long-range ballistic missiles carried by Trident strategic submarines to fit them with smaller-yield nuclear warheads.

"Low-yield" weapons, commonly referred to those with a yield of less than 20 kilotons, are mostly made for tactical use, and now are mainly carried on strategic bombers with gravity bombs.

But its diminution of arms control as a central part of the nuclear strategy may be just as striking.

"The same people who supposedly believe that using weapons of mass destruction is a crime against humanity. are talking about new weapons to threaten or use against rivals", he continued, according to Reuters.

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