Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

California Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Trump's Nuclear Posture Review is Deeply Troubling

California Senator Dianne Feinstein Says Trump's Nuclear Posture Review is Deeply Troubling

Iran accused the USA of threatening Russian Federation with new atomic weapons, after the Trump administration published a document outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities in order to deter others.

To respond to emerging threats to USA and its allies' security, the NPR specifically proposed the development for new models of "low-yield" weapons, which it said would be essential for a "flexible" nuclear arsenal that can enhance deterrence.

China on Sunday criticized a US government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal and join in promoting regional stability. Russian Federation and China have condemned the move and Iran says it brought the world "closer to annihilation".

But the reasonings in the paper were unconvincing for many nuclear policy experts, who argued that a departure from previous constructive nuclear policies may trigger a new round of arms race, and that by overstating security risks the Pentagon is proposing a solution to a non-existing problem.

The US military has put countering China and Russian Federation at the centre of a new national defence strategy unveiled earlier this month, shifting priorities away from fighting Islamist militants.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said the United States was "talking about new weapons to threaten or use against rivals". No wonder the Doomsday Clock is at its most unsafe since 1953.

China accuses United States of 'Cold War mentality' over nuclear policy
Chinese defense ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang criticized the US Nuclear Posture Review in a statement released on Sunday. The German response to the USA nuclear review comes on the heels of condemnations from Russia , China, North Korea and Iran.

The U.S. government says it has been in compliance since August and expects Moscow to comply by the deadline, which is Monday.

The United States would spend $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years on the nuclear weapons.

Maintaining the triad of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, sea-based submarine-launched missiles, and air-based bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs and missiles remains a top priority for the DOD, according to the review.

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Saturday expressed disappointment at the USA policy, saying the contents come off as confrontational and anti-Russian, according to the report. Berlin does not have its own arsenal, but the Pentagon maintained nuclear warheads in Germany as part of a enormous military presence created to deter Soviet invasion of western Europe.

Iran says President Donald Trump's hostility to the 2015 nuclear deal is dampening foreign investment in the energy sector despite the lifting of sanctions.

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