The US Department of Defense “wants nothing more than the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons in the world,” but there are many obstacles to this now.
Deputy Minister for Policy Colin Kahl said this while speaking virtually at the UN Conference on the Implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which is taking place in New York, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Today’s security environment is more complex than at any time since the end of the Cold War…,” he said. “Many challenges affect progress towards achieving the goals of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.”
Among the obstacles to the elimination of all nuclear weapons, Kahl named “Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and thoughtless nuclear rhetoric”; the rapid expansion, modernization, and diversification of China’s nuclear weapons capabilities, as well as its saber-rattling in the Taiwan Strait; problems with the Iranian nuclear agreement; possible North Korean preparations for another nuclear test.
He recalled that in March of this year, the Pentagon prepared its national defense strategy and nuclear policy review for Congress.
Unclassified versions of these materials should become public in the near future, he added.
According to him, the review focuses on the US commitment to nuclear modernization for the sake of a safe, reliable and effective nuclear deterrence, taking measures to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the world, arms control, strengthening security through non-nuclear capabilities, and interaction between nuclear states to strengthen strategic stability. and reducing the risk of nuclear war.
“The United States candidly acknowledges and affirms that nuclear war you can’t win and you can never lead,” he said. “We call on nuclear weapon states to work with the United States to reduce risks and ensure transparency in nuclear capabilities and doctrine.”
The Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons takes place from 1 to 26 August in New York.
As Ukrinform reported, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mykola Tochitsky, speaking at the conference, stressed that the Russian Federation today threatens international security by resorting to attacks on nuclear facilities located on the territory of Ukraine.