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Monday, February 19, 2018

“Because of Russia’s actions”: the US does not intend to abandon nuclear weapons

The United States does not intend to abandon nuclear weapons, given “the modernization of Russia’s nuclear potential.” This was stated by Pentagon officials on the press briefing on the new nuclear doctrine of the United States. While the defense Ministry stressed that Washington does not want to use nuclear weapons.

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As stated in the Preface to published in Friday’s new nuclear doctrine of the United States, written by Minister of defence James Mattis, in the future, nuclear weapons will continue to play a crucial role in preventing conflict among nuclear powers. Noting the deterrent role of nuclear weapons, the Pentagon said that the us authorities do not involve the use of nuclear weapons. This can happen only as a last resort to protect the vital interests of the United States and allied interests.

“Our goal is to convince opponents that they have nothing to gain and everything to lose in case of use of nuclear weapons”, – said the Minister of defense.

In a briefing before the journalists were also made by representatives of the state Department and the Department of energy. As reported TASS, one of the speakers did not conceal that the nuclear doctrine was rewritten mainly “because of the actions of Russia”, which deals with the “modernization of its nuclear potential.”

Thus, as stated by the representative of the foreign Ministry Anita Frid, Russia is not the only country that paid attention in the document, it also says China, Iran and North Korea.

“I would not say that this doctrine focused only on Russia. Russia is one of the mentioned countries, we also mentioned China, of course, mentioned North Korea and Iran,” – said the representative of the state Department.

At the same time, as revealed in the briefing, the new U.S. nuclear doctrine does not envisage an automatic response in case of a possible attack by Russia. The relevant question was asked of the Deputy chief of the Pentagon.

“Of course, I would be extremely warned any country from considering such actions. But in principle, our policy does not provide for automatic answer” — responded to a reporter’s question, Deputy Minister of defense John Rood.

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