Saturday, 23 February, 2019

USA warns countries against aiding terrorists eyeing nuclear weapons

Trump's Troubling Nuclear Plan AP: Trump's Nuclear Doctrine More Aggressive Toward Russia than Obama's
Andrew Cummings | 04 February, 2018, 01:34

The NPR reaffirms that the fundamental role of USA nuclear policy is deterrence and continues the clear commitment to non-proliferation and arms control, Shanahan said in a Pentagon press briefing. Worse still, these new weapons could heighten the risk of conflict by feeding into a risky ongoing action-reaction cycle: For some time, new USA conventional weapons that are faster, stealthier and/or more precise than before, combined with growing missile defense deployments, have stoked Russian fears that, in a conflict, America could wipe out its forces before they have a chance to inflict any damage.

The Donald Trump administration has announced a new policy to modernise its nuclear arsenal by developing smaller atomic bombs and enhancing its deterrence capabilities.

A draft report of the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) has been slammed after featuring a graphic showing a very different version of Kim Jong-un's fiefdom.

"Our strategy will ensure Russian Federation understands that any use of nuclear weapons, however limited, is unacceptable", the NPR said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he ordered Mattis to conduct the Nuclear Posture Review within days of taking office previous year.

"For effective deterrence, the U.S. will hold fully accountable any state, terrorist group, or other non-state actor that supports or enables terrorist efforts to obtain or employ nuclear devices", the report said.

Greg Weaver, deputy director of strategic capabilities at the Pentagon, said the United States would be willing to limit developing the missile if Russian Federation would "redress the imbalance in non-strategic nuclear forces".

First, it would modify "a small number" of existing long-range ballistic missiles carried by Trident strategic submarines to fit them with smaller-yield nuclear warheads. NBC News reported that in a July meeting at the Pentagon, he asked for the nuclear stockpile to be increased tenfold; it was after this meeting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called the president a "moron".

"That's why the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons bans all nuclear weapons, and the threatening of their use".

Let's Talk - university students invited to open up about mental health issues
According to their web site, it was back in September 2010 that Bell Let's Talk began a conversation about Canada's mental health. The person, she said, still has the right to say they're OK but thanks for asking.

Slight chance of snow overnight
Any new snow would be under an inch, with a half inch falling Thursday and a half inch falling Friday , the weather service said. This means that temperatures will increase throughout the day on Sunday morning, bringing highs above freezing.

Battle for Azeroth Set to Release This Summer
If you do decide to level up one of the new races from 20 to 110 will unlock a set of cosmetic gear known as Heritage Armor. Players will gain access to two mounts: the Seabraid Stallion for the Alliance and the Gilded Ravasaur for the Horde .

The review says it candidly addresses the challenges posed by "Russian, Chinese and other states' strategic policies, programs and capabilities, particularly nuclear".

So, President Obama said we want to pursue a world without nuclear weapons, we want to reduce the role of nuclear weapons. -Russian relationship today. In part, this stems from two contextual factors-the lack of trust and communication in bilateral ties and the rise of new non-nuclear weapons technologies.

In his own statement, Trump said the updated strategy develops capabilities so that use of a nuclear weapon is less likely.

The AP reports that the Trump administration "said Russian Federation must be persuaded it would face "unacceptably dire costs" if it were to threaten even limited nuclear attack in Europe".

The Pentagon will also bring back sea-based nuclear cruise missiles, which will take up to a decade to develop, officials said.

Other nations have enhanced their stockpiles and capabilities, but previous USA administrations "deferred much-needed modernization of our nuclear weapons, infrastructure, and delivery systems", Trump said.

The Nuclear Posture Review calls for a development of a low-yield warhead option for USA submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The US also plans to modernize its nuclear arsenal by developing new, low-power nuclear munitions.

The U.S. government's embrace of low-yield nuclear weapons echoes the "flexible response" nuclear attack policy in the 1970s, said Paul Saunders, executive director of the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington.

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