March 18, 2018

Pentagon 'not surprised' by new Putin nuclear threats

03 March 2018, 02:43 | Christie Tate

Vitaliy Nevar TASS

Vitaliy Nevar  TASS

Among the weapons Putin said had been successfully tested was a cruise missile with a nuclear-propulsion engine - a weapon that would fly at a low altitude and follow an unpredictable flight path to avoid US missile defense systems.

"We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race", alliance spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement Friday.

In one of his video clip demos, a weapon appeared to be hovering over what looked like a map of the state of Florida.

"It's not an arms race in the sense that it's not upsetting any balance and will not drive quantitative increases in the number of missiles or warheads".

US officials recognize that the advanced missile technologies Russian Federation and China are developing will probably end up in the arsenals of other countries in the future, meaning the policy must decide how to address them anyway.

The RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile probably has the ability to bypass existing US anti-missile defense systems - if only because they aren't dense enough.

With these factors int he background, the old Cold War dynamics are prone to reassert themselves.

The Kremlin on Friday said Russian Federation will not be part of a new arms race as the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation voiced concern over Vladimir Putin's boasts of new "invincible" weapons.

"These weapons that are discussed have been in development a very long time", she told a news briefing, without addressing any of Putin's specific claims of new capabilities.

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Arms control matters most at times of rising tensions.

Russian Federation has also developed unmanned underwater devices that move much faster than submarines and torpedoes and can carry nuclear warheads, Putin said, adding: 'It's just fantastic!'

In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of spreading mass propaganda against Russia and attempting to demonise the Syrian government before subsequently toppling it, saying that the information on the chemical attacks used by the US was uncorroborated. You made a missile that can defeat the missile defense that's already been defeated.

In his State Of The Union speech in January, Trump called on Congress to "modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal". The United States does not now have these capabilities, and developing them will be hard and costly. "We need to ensure we have a credible nuclear deterrent, and we are confident that we are prepared to defend this nation no matter what", Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White told reporters.

"China's impressive military buildup could soon challenge the United States across nearly every domain", U.S. Pacific Commander Adm. Harry Harris said in recent congressional testimony. -Russian arsenals is known as New START, which, notably, was signed in 2010 by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, and Putin protege Dmitry Medvedev.

But the treaty also expires in 2021.

Congress will now have 30 days to approve or block the weapons sale.

White didn't say whether Russian and Chinese threats would be mentioned in the new policy.

According to Putin's announcement, the nuclear missiles are "invincible" and are able to navigate with an "unlimited" range.

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