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US can increase strategic nuclear weapons readiness, says Biden adviser

The United States may reach a point in the coming years when it will have to increase strategic nuclear weapons readiness to deter growing threats from adversaries, a senior White House adviser said Friday.

Pranay Vaddi, a senior National Security Council official, made the statement in a speech to the Arms Control Association as he outlined a “more competitive approach” to arms control by the Biden administration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he could deploy conventional missiles within striking distance of the United States and its European allies if they allowed Ukraine to strike deeper into Russia with long-range Western weapons. .

Putin, however, backed down this Friday (7) and said he does not need nuclear weapons to defeat Ukraine.

Vaddi emphasized that the United States remains committed to international arms control and nonproliferation regimes designed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.

But he said Russia has refused to discuss a successor treaty to the 2010 New START pact, which limits the use of strategic nuclear weapons between countries but which expires in 2026, while China has refused talks about its expanding nuclear arsenal. .

“We may reach a point in the next few years where an increase in current numbers of deployed weapons is necessary,” Vaddi said. “We need to be fully prepared to execute if the president makes this decision.”

“If that day comes, it will result in the determination that more nuclear weapons are necessary to deter our adversaries and protect the American people and our allies and partners,” he added.

Source: CNN Brasil

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