Urgent: White House Releases Critical Nuclear Weapons Report – What You Need to Know!

By Tommy Wilson | Sunday, 09 June 2024 05:15 AM
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The United States may be compelled to bolster its nuclear arsenal in response to the accelerated expansion of nuclear programs by Russia, China, and North Korea.

This alarming prospect was raised by Pranay Vaddi, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Arms Control at the White House, during a recent address to the Arms Control Association, according to Newsweek.

Vaddi's remarks come amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and both Russia and China, stoking fears of a potential full-scale conflict. In May, Russia carried out tactical nuclear weapons exercises, a move it justified as a response to "provocative statements and threats by individual Western officials." Russian state television has also seen a surge in threats of nuclear strikes against Western powers, including the U.S., France, the U.K., and the Netherlands.

Vaddi expressed his concerns, stating, "Absent a change in adversary arsenals, we may reach a point in the coming years where an increase from current deployed numbers is required. We need to be fully prepared to execute if the president makes that decision." He added, "If that day comes, it will result in a determination that more nuclear weapons are required to deter our adversaries and protect the American people and our allies and partners."

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In his address, Vaddi highlighted the rapid expansion and diversification of nuclear arsenals by China, Russia, and North Korea. He noted their apparent lack of interest in arms control and accused these nations, along with Iran, of "increasingly cooperating and coordinating with each other in ways that run counter to peace and stability, threaten the United States, our allies and our partners and exacerbate region tensions." This cooperation reportedly includes sharing missile and drone technology.

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As per Statista's January 2023 data, Russia possesses the world's largest nuclear arsenal, with 5,889 warheads. The U.S. follows closely with 5,244. China, with 410 warheads, is rapidly expanding its arsenal. France and the U.K., both American allies, have 290 and 225 nuclear warheads, respectively.

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According to Reuters, the U.S. has adhered to the limit of 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads as stipulated in the 2010 New START treaty signed with Moscow. However, Russia suspended its participation in 2023 amid escalating tensions following its attempted full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently warned of the potential deployment of conventional missiles within range of Western powers. This came after several Western nations granted Ukraine permission to target Russian military installations on its territory. Putin, however, dismissed the idea of holding a "nuclear pistol to the temple" of the West, stating that such a measure is not currently necessary.

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In reference to nuclear weapons, Putin stated, "The use is possible in an exceptional case—in the event of a threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. I don't think that such a case has come. There is no such need."

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Donald Trump, the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee, echoed these concerns during a recent interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. Trump asserted that the threat of nuclear war surpasses that of climate change to the U.S. He stated, "I don't want to see this country get into a nuclear war and be so badly damaged. What we say won't matter, this place won't matter, nothing will matter because practically nothing is going to be here any more. The level of power in weaponry, that's real weaponry. That's worse than the weaponry we were talking about a little while ago."

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Trump further emphasized the gravity of the situation, saying, "This is obliteration, maybe world obliteration, and we have a man is not capable of discussing it. The only global warming that matters to me is nuclear global warming. Because that's the real deal."

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