NewsNato mulls deploying more nuclear missiles amid rising threats

Nato mulls deploying more nuclear missiles amid rising threats

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that NATO is discussing armaments.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that NATO is discussing armaments.
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Justyna Lasota-Krawczyk

17 June 2024 08:03

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that discussions are ongoing within NATO about deploying more missiles armed with nuclear warheads. Threats from Russia and China sparked the discussions, reports "The Telegraph".

Stoltenberg asserts that NATO must show the world its nuclear arsenal and "send a direct message" to its enemies. In an interview with "The Telegraph", he revealed that North Atlantic Treaty Organization members are consulting on placing part of the nuclear warheads in a state of readiness. He added that this weaponry would be used as a deterrent.

— I won't go into operational details about how many nuclear warheads should be operational and which should be stored, but we need to consult on these issues. That's exactly what we're doing — Stoltenberg emphasized.

A deterrent

Jens Stoltenberg called on NATO member states to maintain transparency in nuclear weapons matters. According to the NATO Secretary General, information about the nuclear arsenal is intended to serve as a deterrent.

— Transparency helps to communicate the direct message that we, of course, are a nuclear alliance. NATO's aim is, of course, a world without nuclear weapons, but as long as nuclear weapons exist, we will remain a nuclear alliance, because a world where Russia, China and North Korea have nuclear weapons, and NATO does not, is a more dangerous world — he emphasized.

Disturbing news from China

According to the head of NATO, China is particularly focused on investing in its nuclear arsenal. Estimates suggest that by 2030, they will possess about 1,000 nuclear warheads.

"And that means that in a not-very-distant future. Nato may face something that it has never faced before, and that is two nuclear-powered potential adversaries – China and Russia," — warned Stoltenberg.

"The Telegraph" reminds us that the number of combat-ready nuclear warheads remains a secret. However, the UK is said to have about 40 warheads ready, while the USA has about 1,700.

Major modernization

— The US is modernising their gravity bombs for the nuclear warheads they have in Europe and European allies are modernising the planes which are going to be dedicated to Nato’s nuclear mission — Stoltenberg said, acknowledging that NATO is undergoing modernisation of its nuclear forces.

In an interview with "The Telegraph", the NATO Secretary General emphasised that a strong NATO is in the interest of all allies because we live "in a more dangerous world".

— In a more dangerous world, it’s even more important that North America and Europe stand together. I strongly believe that if Putin prevails in Ukraine, we will become more vulnerable, and then we will need to invest even more in our defense — Stoltenberg stated.

Source: "The Telegraph"

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