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Rouhani raps new US nuclear plan as threat to Russia

Rouhani raps new US nuclear plan as threat to Russia

The latest nuclear posture review published by the Pentagon called for a larger arsenal of smaller, low-yield nuclear weapons to act as a more "credible" deterrent to threats, particularly from Russian Federation.

Iran is accusing the US of threatening Russian Federation with the use of new nuclear weapons following the Trump administration's call to expand nuclear capabilities in an aim to deter Moscow, Reuters reported Sunday.

In a policy statement entitled the Nuclear Posture Review, published on Friday, the Pentagon proposed to develop new, small atomic bombs that can be launched from ballistic-missile submarines and warships.

Iran has become the latest nation to lambast the United States over its new nuclear policy document release.

The document said the U.S. will develop for deployment a "low-yield" nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Rouhani, formerly a moderate cleric who was a key force behind Iran's successful nuclear deal in 2015, said such developments would also force Tehran to boost its own capabilities in order to counterbalance the threats that his country faces.

China "always abides by the principle of no first use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances", Mr Ren said, and will "unconditionally not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states". "It seems quite far-fetched that the world would come to a point in years to come where no country would be waging wars against another".

"The US nuclear posture review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the #NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation", Mr Zarif said on Twitter.

Washington's new nuclear policy brings humanity "closer to annihilation", Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said. "No wonder the Doomsday Clock is at its most unsafe since 1953", Zarif wrote on his Twitter account February 3.

Zarif said the same impulse was driving the United States to undermine the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which President Donald Trump has demanded be renegotiated.