Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

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

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

Although Barack Obama began the USA upgrade, President Trump is vastly expanding it, but within the rules of a new nuclear treaty between Russian Federation and America that came into force today.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States' newly-announced nuclear policy brings the world "closer to annihilation".

China also called on Washington to honor its commitments to reduce its own nuclear arsenal. The document further calls for the USA to tackle "an unprecedented range and mix of threats" posed by foreign powers, such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

James Acton, a nuclear weapons specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that offer seems disingenuous.

The US accusations against Moscow set out in the latest Nuclear Posture Review "have nothing do with reality", the ministry stressed, adding that Washington uses its trademark anti-Russian rhetoric to justify its own "large-scale nuclear weapons buildup".

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"The biggest difference relates to the supposed role of nuclear weapons in American military strategy", Michael Klare, an expert at the Arms Control Association, told Xinhua.

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said the USA decision showed "the spiral of a new nuclear arms race is already under way" and added that Europe was, much like during the cold war, especially vulnerable.

The Pentagon document released on Friday, known as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), argues that developing smaller nuclear weapons would challenge that assumption.

But the NPR said the United States should start mounting these tactical nuclear weapons on strategic and attack submarines.

Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday it was very disappointed by the document, which, it said, has a confrontational feel and anti-Russian orientation. He broadly described the US strategy's approach to arm control as worrying, including its silence on whether the USA wants to exercise an option in the New START treaty to extend its terms for five years. "Trump's obduracy in killing the #JCPOA stems from the same risky imprudence", wrote Zarif, who was the chief negotiator in the discussions between Iran and global powers.

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