The US secretary of defense says the purpose of Washington’s plan to deploy new low-yield nuclear weapons is to force Russia to respect agreements on limiting nukes.
James Mattis says Moscow is violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, adding that Washington wants to have a bargaining chip to pressure Russia into compliance. He made the statements at a hearing in U-S Congress. Over the past several months, Washington has accused Russia of developing a new cruise missile that violates the 19-88 treaty. Moscow has rejected the allegations. Last week, the Pentagon released its updated nuclear strategy review. The document lays out plans to revamp and diversify the U-S nuclear arsenal to counter what Washington calls threats from North Korea, Iran, China and particularly Russia.
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