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US discusses possible increase in deployment of strategic nuclear weapons to deter Russia

8 June, 2024 Saturday
19:50

National Security Council official Pranay Vaddi suggests that in the coming years the US will have to increase the number of strategic nuclear weapons to deter Russia

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Reuters reports.

In a speech to the Arms Control Association, Vaddi outlined the more competitive approach to arms control being taken by the Biden administration.

Following Putin's statements about his intentions to deploy conventional missiles within striking distance of the US and its European allies if they allow Ukraine to fire its weapons on Russian territory, the United States said it would take measures to deter Russia.

Vaddi emphasized that the United States remains committed to international arms control and non-proliferation regimes designed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.

However, he said, Russia has refused to discuss a treaty to replace the New START Treaty of 2010, which expires in 2026 and limits the deployment of strategic nuclear weapons by countries, and China has refused to negotiate over its expanding nuclear arsenal.

"Absent a change in adversary arsenals, we may reach a point in the coming years where an increase from current deployed numbers is required. We need to be fully prepared to execute if the president makes that decision," he said.

Vaddi added that if that day comes, the United States will conclude that more nuclear weapons are needed to deter adversaries and protect the American people, as well as its allies and partners.

  • On May 22, ISW analysts said that the Kremlin timed its nuclear threats to coincide with major political discussions in the West. Thus, Russia is trying to influence foreign officials.
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