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America's Strategic Trap: Increasing the Risk of Nuclear War.

TEHRAN (FNA)- As per the 2015 National Security Strategy, President Barack Obama says the United States is investing "in a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent."

The new security doctrine only helps create the impression that America, which according to a report by the Brookings, has "reportedly" built some 70,000 nuclear missiles, warheads and bombs plus 4,680 nuclear bombers (1951-present), is in fact preparing for nuclear war, and might even strike first. It further gives the impression that the US, which keeps talking about the non-existent dangers of nuclear Iran, isn't leading by example on the non-proliferation front. The country, according to Chuck Hansen (US Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History, Orion Books), has so far carried out 106 nuclear tests in the Pacific, 911 nuclear tests in Nevada, and 10 nuclear weapons tests in Alaska, Colorado, Mississippi and New Mexico. But that's apparently not enough. Under Obama's costly security doctrine, the US is increasing spending across the board on its nuclear arsenal, including the refurbishment of various nuclear weapons programs, warheads, atomic demolition munitions, and atomic artillery shells run by the National Nuclear Security Administration. The idea is to prepare the homeland in the event of a nuclear first strike and to survive - a myth that drove the US and the former Soviet Union each to build tens of thousands of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. The Pentagon officials claim they are moving faster to build a nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missile and upgrade the capabilities of deployed weapons because Russia and China are building nuclear weapons. Funny how amidst all this, they also claim that Russia and China are modernizing their nuclear arsenals and the US is not! If these steps are not taken, they warn, the most powerful country in the world could find itself subject to coercion, its allies bullied, falling behind its adversaries. This dangerous Cold War mentality is mistaken on three counts. As per the new security doctrine, the US is modernising its nuclear forces; its nuclear triad is markedly superior to the Chinese and Russian arsenals; and the real danger is not the US falling behind the modernisation of other countries but in racing aggressively ahead. It's a vain search for a useless supremacy at the cost of destabilizing the world. The US has not taken an acquisition holiday in its nuclear arsenal and the real danger in its nuclear modernization may not be too little, but too much. While many of Russia's ageing systems are reaching the ends of their service lives, many of the systems that make up the US arsenal will not retire until 2030. As long as the US and the seven other countries with nuclear weapons - China, Russia, France, UK, India, Pakistan and Israel - make no definitive moves to eliminate their nuclear arsenals, and/or the danger of nuclear war fighting and a "first strike" nuclear option remains an indispensable instrument," there is simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world. Still, it is never too late to bring the weapon state governments to make truly deep cuts in their nuclear arsenals. One step would be for the UN to invite the NPT weapon states and all the other nuclear-armed states to discuss current serious proliferation issues. Inviting all NPT members as well as India, Pakistan and Israel would remove the latter three from the circle of those expected to undertake obligations. This approach is most practical and could help deal with nuclear dangers and avoid marching into nuclear war. The UN must encourage the nuclear-armed states to undertake the full range of anti-proliferation measures described in Security Council Resolution 1540. They must be persuaded and even forced to undertake a long-term obligation to move toward elimination of all their nuclear weapons. This should not be impossible since all these trigger-happy regimes, particularly the United States, claim they support such commitments. It's the only way out of the current strategic trap.

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Date:Feb 13, 2015
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