Trump administration to reconsider US nuclear disarmament policy

  • Umay Atik
  • 24.3.2017 20:02

Christopher Ford, the senior director for weapons of mass destruction and counter-proliferation of the US National Security Council, said on 20 March at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference that the White House will examine whether global nuclear disarmament "is a realistic goal".

Ford said Donald Trump's administration would continue to oppose the treaty proposal to ban nuclear weapons after the United Nations voted to start negotiations on a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. The negotiations will resume on 27 March and Ford said the US will continue to oppose the abolishing nuclear weapons together with Russia, UK, France and Israel. He argued cuts by US and Russia are unlikely when other countries continue nuclear development but that the US is open to broader engagement with Russia. According to Ford, the US administration is also reviewing responses to Russia's testing of a new nuclear-capable cruise missile in alleged violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Ford also added the US would adhere to the Iran nuclear deal unless otherwise decided.

 

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