Iran Says US Nuclear Policy Brings World "Closer To Annihilation"

Iran Says US Nuclear Policy Brings World

Iran Says US Nuclear Policy Brings World "Closer To Annihilation"

The United States defended its controversial new nuclear policy at the United Nations on Tuesday, insisting a more assertive stance was needed to confront a worsening security climate.

Mattis will be joined by Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee focused on the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), outlined last Friday at the Pentagon, and the National Defense Strategy (NDS), which unveiled last month.

Although the review largely focuses on Russian Federation, several sections are dedicated to the lack of transparency in China's nuclear build-up.

Among the fiscal needs, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would be: (1) $313 billion for a new ballistic missile submarine capable of firing nuclear missiles from beneath the ocean surface; (2) $149 billion for a new silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile; and (3) $266 billion for a new B-21 Stealth bomber.

Bringing a version of the missile back would be a response to Russia's alleged violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Pentagon said, adding that it might reconsider if Moscow returned to compliance and "corrects its other destabilizing behaviors".

China "has always kept its own nuclear forces at the minimum level required by national security", Mr Ren said, pointing out that the USA has the world's largest nuclear arsenal.

Russian Federation has violated another treaty, the United States argues, that covers intermediate-range missiles, and is "building a large, diverse and modern" set of shorter-range weapons with less powerful warheads that "are not accountable under the New START treaty treaty".

The US readiness to use its nuclear arsenal against Russia pre-emptively is nothing but an "attempt to question [Moscow's] right for self-defense against an aggression in a situation that is critical for the very existence of the Russian state", the statement concluded. China has also long maintained it will never allow first use of its atomic weapons.

Mistrust of Russian intentions was reflected on Friday in a Nuclear Posture Review released by the Pentagon that called for a revamp of the United States nuclear arsenal and development of new low-yield atomic weapons.

Moscow on Saturday denounced the "bellicose" and "anti-Russian" nature of the new United States nuclear policy, warning it would take necessary measures to ensure its own security.

The US president's inner circle has warned him that scrapping the JCPOA would make Washington isolated in the world, Zarif added.

"The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russian Federation with a new atomic weapon", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who opened the way to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers including longtime adversary Washington, said in a speech.

Robert Soofer, a senior nuclear policy official at the Pentagon who helped direct the policy review, said Moscow is likely to push back on the USA plan for fielding those two additional weapons.

"Trump's obduracy in killing the #JCPOA stems from the same unsafe imprudence", Mr Zarif wrote, using the technical name for the nuclear deal.

"Motives behind this document are quite obvious: the USA military seek to justify the sum of 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars they request from the Congress in the next 30 years to modernize and develop their reduced nuclear arsenals", Lieutenant General Yevgeny Buzhinsky, a former chief of the Russian defense ministry's worldwide military cooperation directorate, told TASS.

The ultimatum put pressure on European Union powers-key backers and parties to the 2015 global agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme-to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement.

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