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U.S. speeds up plans to store upgraded nukes in Europe

Politico, By BRYAN BENDERPAUL MCLEARY and ERIN BANCO 10/26/2022,

The United States has accelerated the fielding of a more accurate version of its mainstay nuclear bomb to NATO bases in Europe, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable and two people familiar with the issue.

The arrival of the upgraded B61-12 air-dropped gravity bomb, originally slated for next spring, is now planned for this December, U.S. officials told NATO allies during a closed-door meeting in Brussels this month, the cable reveals…………………………..

The arrival date came as a surprise to some longtime observers, who fear it could further stoke an already dangerous situation in Europe. The announcement at the meeting in Brussels came days before NATO kicked off its annual nuclear exercise, known as Steadfast Noon. The two-week exercise ends Sunday and includes some 70 aircraft. And on Wednesday, Russia held a nuclear exercise that its defense chief described as simulating a “massive nuclear strike” in retaliation for a nuclear attack on Russia, according to the Kremlin………………………………………………………

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also told NATO allies in Brussels this month that the administration’s long-awaited Nuclear Posture Review — which could be released in the coming days — would maintain Washington’s decades-long nuclear declaratory policy of “calculated ambiguity,” the cable reported.

That is a shift from President Joe Biden’s comments during the 2020 presidential campaign, in which he said he would consider changing U.S. policy to state that the sole purpose of atomic weapons is to deter a nuclear attack against America or its allies, a change that nuclear disarmament groups had pushed for. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/26/u-s-plans-upgraded-nukes-europe-00063675

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November 22, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. The Dysfuntional President in this sketch about a 4 front, nuclear war could be Biden or Trump.Dodering, dysfunctional old liars, surrounded by psychotic neoconservatives, like Pompeo and Blinken.

    http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/john-stanton/104039/the-four-front-war-or-world-war-iii-a-sketch

    Comment by Abbey Kumer | November 24, 2022 | Reply


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