China accuses U.S. of 'Chilly Conflict mentality' over nuclear coverage

US 'shamelessly threatening Russia with atomic weapon', says Iran's Rouhani

The issue has been rediscovered by politicians in the wake of Trump's election.

"Any use will trigger a nuclear weapons conflict with catastrophic humanitarian consequences for civilians". "No wonder then that the Doomsday Clock was set at two minutes to midnight or Armageddon", he noted.

"One of the most disturbing and significant changes to US policy outlined in the NPR is the tighter integration of USA nuclear and conventional forces, including training and exercising with these integrated forces, so US forces can operate - as the NPR states - in the face of nuclear threats and employment", she said.

"We can not afford to let [the USA nuclear arsenal] become obsolete", Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon.

In an editorial titled 'Playing with Fire and Fury on North Korea, ' the New York Times wrote on February 2 that "signs increasingly point to unilateral American military action" against North Korea.

Second, "in the longer term", it would develop a nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile - re-establishing a weapon that existed during the Cold War but was retired in 2011 by the Obama administration.

The document specifically points to a Russian doctrine known as "escalate to de-escalate", in which Moscow would use or threaten to use smaller-yield nuclear weapons in a limited conventional conflict in Europe to compel the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to back down. Low-yield weapons with a strength of under 20 kilotons are less powerful but are still devastating. It gave a tally of 1,444 strategic nuclear warheads.

The New START treaty calls for inspections and for the world's two leading nuclear powers to exchange data on their arsenals to verify compliance.

Thus a 2013 Report on Nuclear Employment Strategy stated that all plans for use of nuclear weapons must "for instance, apply the principles of distinction and proportionality and seek to minimize the collateral damage to civilian populations and civilian objects".

Weaver said the most hard task for those working on the review was trying to address the gap between Russian and American non-strategic nuclear weapons.

"The truth is that nuclear weapons can not be used in compliance with that law, above all because their massive indiscriminate effects make it impossible to distinguish between military targets and civilian populations and infrastructure", he noted.

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The strategy says relatively little about arms control.

The defence ministry in Beijing said Washington had played up the threat of China's nuclear threat, adding that its own policy was defensive in nature. "And it raises the risks of nuclear war".

Russian Federation acknowledged the USA position on meeting the targets, but voiced concern about the US reconfiguring some submarines and bombers to carry conventional weapons.

Rick Wayman, Director of Programs at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, stated: "The review does not contain a single reference to Article VI of the UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which obligates the USA and the other nuclear-armed nations signatories to the treaty to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament".

But because of North Korea's boasting that its nuclear warheads can now reach any city on the United States mainland, President Trump has ordered a second look at the USA nuclear program.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, Russia has about 4,300 nuclear warheads compared with 4,000 with the USA, 300 with France, 270 with China and 215 with United Kingdom - all five permanent members of the UN Security Council. What we in this part of the world are now concerned with is North Korea, which seems to be openly challenging the US.

"We in Europe must begin new initiatives for arms control and disarmament".

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 defence strategy.

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.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) signed in 2010 requires the United States and Russian Federation to have reduced the number of their deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550 each by February 5, 2018. AI decision-making is much faster than human thinking and with applications for it being used in cyber security, drones and self-driving cars; the writer and others are validated for concerns that we are already in - or we may be getting ready to enter a new Cold War.

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) transits the Hood Canal as the boat returns to its homeport at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol.

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