by Voice of America
|Russia Threatens Massive Response if US Deploys Low-Yield Nukes on Subs
Date:2020-05-01 Source:defencetalk By:Globalmil Viewed:
April 30, 2020
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 31, 2019) The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) conducts Bravo sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of HII by Ashley Cowan/Released)
大西洋（2019年8月31日）弗吉尼亚级攻击潜艇特拉华号（SSN 791）在大西洋布拉沃进行海试。（美国海军照片由HII提供，作者：艾希礼·考恩（Ashley Cowan）/已发布）
Russia is warning that any U.S. attempt to use a low-yield nuclear weapon against a Russian target would set off a massive nuclear response.
The Russian foreign ministry was reacting to a State Department paper released last week that says placing low-yield nuclear weapons on ballistic missiles launched from submarines would counter what it sees as possible new threats from both Russia and China.
Experts describe a low-yield weapon as the kind the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
The State Department asserts that the low-yield weapons “reduce the risk of nuclear war by reinforcing extended deterrence and assurance.”
It alleges Russia is considering using such nonstrategic nuclear arms in a limited war.
Russia denies it is a threat to the U.S. and accuses Washington of “lowering the nuclear threshold.”
“Any attack involving a U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), regardless of its weapon specifications, would be perceived as a nuclear aggression,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday. “Those who like to theorize about the flexibility of American nuclear potential must understand that in line with the Russian military doctrine such actions are seen as warranting retaliatory use of nuclear weapons by Russia.”
俄罗斯外交部发言人玛丽亚·扎哈罗娃（Maria Zakharova）星期三说：“任何涉及美国潜射弹道导弹（SLBM）的攻击，无论其武器规格如何，都将被视为核侵略。” “那些想对美国核潜力的灵活性进行理论分析的人必须理解，根据俄罗斯的军事学说，这种行动被视为俄罗斯有理由报复性地使用核武器。”
Russia says it wants to extend the 2010 New START treaty limiting the number of deployed nuclear missiles, warheads, and bombers along with strict inspection regimes. The pact is set to expire next year.
The Trump administration says it wants a new arms control agreement that also includes China — which Russia calls impractical.