US developing new nuclear warhead “to deter Russians”

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January 10, 2018 – FRN – 

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Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The US Trident missiles will get a new low-power nuclear warhead. The Trump administration is about to tackle its development, as well as the weakening of restrictions on nuclear weapons. The Pentagon has already prepared a new review of the state nuclear policy, the first in eight years.

These steps, according to John Wolfstal, special adviser to former US President Barack Obama on arms control, are needed to deter Russians in the event of a conflict in Eastern Europe. It is assumed that they will use the modified Trident D5 submarine missiles with new tactical nuclear warheads.

The publication of the nuclear policy review is expected in January. It is expected that new, expanded conditions under which the US can use nuclear weapons will be stipulated. For example, a nuclear strike could be a response to a non-nuclear attack if it causes a large number of casualties or was committed against facilities of control over nuclear weapons.

The new nuclear policy of the US will be more militant than before: the previous one, which existed under Obama, was aimed at reducing the role of nuclear weapons in defense. Wolfstal said that the version that the Pentagon is going to publish is not the most aggressive. It, according to the expert, does not include “many terrible things;”

John Wolfstal said that the people working on the document tried to create a clear “restraining message” for Russians, Chinese and North Koreans. The main message is that any attempt to use nuclear weapons will lead to an answer fraught with massive consequences.

Does it ever occur to the US that to date, it is the only country that has ever used nuclear weapons against another, and that any development of them is caused by the fear of the US?

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