The US plans to increase its nuclear Arsenal

The U.S. armed forces plan to create two new types of nuclear warheads sea-based. It is stated in the draft new US nuclear doctrine, declassified version of which was published on Friday.

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As explained in this document, we are talking about the plans for the production of nuclear warheads of low power ballistic missile submarines (SLBM). Furthermore, mean nuclear cruise missile sea-based. “<…> The United States in the near future modify a small number of existing warheads, SLBM to be a variant of low power, and in the long run will create a modern nuclear cruise missile of sea basing”, — stated in the document, the text of which is published in the online edition of the Huffington Post.

From the perspective of the strategists of the Pentagon, this new cruise missile will allow US to provide “non-strategic [nuclear] regional presence .” It does not violate the provisions of the Russian-American Treaty on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty), say the compilers of the doctrine. Thus, according to them, this missile will become a form of US response to be attributed to Washington Moscow’s violation of the INF Treaty. “If Russia will return to compliance with the Treaty, will reduce its nonstrategic nuclear Arsenal and will adjust the other forms of its destabilizing behavior, the US could reconsider its plans of creating a [new nuclear] cruise missiles of sea basing” — that is doctrine.

The instructions on its preparation, US President, Donald trump gave on 27 January last year. Unclassified version of this document is 64 pages. It is supposed that the doctrine be officially released in late January or early February.

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