White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Friday called on major U.S. geopolitical rivals to "fix the situation" that is emerging in the global nuclear war prevention system. This was reported by Reuters.
The United States does not need to build up its nuclear capabilities to deter the nuclear forces of Russia and China, Sullivan said. He said Washington would abide by the limits on strategic nuclear weapons set by the START-3 treaty in 2010 until the expiration of that treaty in 2026, if Russia does the same. The White House adviser said the U.S. is seeking arms control talks with both Moscow and Beijing.
The Pentagon estimates that China is likely to more than triple its nuclear arsenal to 1,500 warheads by 2035.
Russia, which has threatened to use nuclear weapons in a war against Ukraine, said in February that it was suspending participation in the START-3 treaty. On Thursday, the United States stopped sending Russia the notifications required under the treaty.
The most recent U.S.-Russian strategic arms control agreement, the START-3 treaty, limited the number of strategic nuclear warheads the parties can deploy to 1,550. It also limits the number of land- and submarine-based missiles and bombers to 700.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 03/06/2023