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Information Leak in Pentagon on Nuclear Weapon: What is It About?

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Information leak from the Pentagon caused a stir in the United States. The thing is that the documents contained the draft of the Pentagon’s forthcoming nuclear weapons review.

According to the available information, the review has shown that senior defense officials are keen to not only modernize the ageing US arsenal, but also add new ways to wage nuclear war as Russia, China and other adversaries bolster their own arsenals.

Besides, the draft says smaller nuclear weapons are necessary due to the “deterioration of the strategic environment”. The Pentagon’s thesis is that if an adversary has an arsenal of nuclear weapons that are not controlled by existing treaties, the United States should have one to match and retaliate if necessary.

The concept seems especially targeted on Russia, as the Pentagon claims that Russia is planning to launch a limited nuclear strike first, which may offer an advantage in part because it has a variety of small nuclear weapons at its disposal.

The new weapons will demand additional expenses to what already promised to be a very expensive bill to modernize the nuclear arsenal. It will cost US $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years to build new weapons and maintain them.

After the leak of information was revealed, there are not yet many comments on the review, especially international, but the critics have started arguing that the US should not be building new weapons.

For example, Jon Wolfsthal, a former Obama administration official who worked on nuclear issues on the National Security Council, said the Trump administration is sending a strong message that America will tolerate the use of nuclear weapons.

Besides, The Commonwealth reports, that more than a dozen of US senators in a letter warned President Donald Trump that the administration’s policies detailed in a leaked Defense Department report will likely lead to the outbreak of a nuclear war.

“The sole purpose of our nuclear arsenal should be to deter nuclear attack against the United States, our allies and partners,” the letter signed by 16 senators said on Monday. “However, the reported policies outlined in your forthcoming Nuclear Posture Review increase the risk of a nuclear arms race and raise the real possibility of nuclear conflict.”

They also chastised Trump for ignoring the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty’s requirement to strive for nuclear disarmament.

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