'Tehran accused Washington of flexing its muscles and threatening Russia with new atomic weapons after the Trump administration published a document suggesting an antagonistic stance against Moscow over nuclear proliferation.
“The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russia with a new atomic weapon,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in his televised address, as cited by Reuters.
The same people who supposedly believe that using weapons of mass destruction is a crime against humanity... are talking about new weapons to threaten or use against rivals,” he added.
Washington’s brand-new, 100-page Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), released on Friday, recommends a belligerent approach towards Russia as regards nuclear proliferation. The document further calls for the US to tackle “an unprecedented range and mix of threats” posed by foreign powers, such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
Additionally, the survey shows a crucial shift from existing nuclear policy by expanding worst-case scenarios in which nuclear options would be considered. The document lists non-nuclear attacks that could constitute grounds for US nuclear retaliation; a conventional attack that results in mass casualties or targets key infrastructure could trigger a nuclear response. The review alleged, among other things, that Russia is “developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers” and would “continue to increase its warhead delivery capacity” in the future.'
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