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Korea: Pentagon announces review, upgrade of US nuclear weapons

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…Paschal Okeke

The United States Department of Defense (DOD) has announced the commencement of review and upgrade of the US nuclear arsenals inline with the emerging security threats of the 21st century.

This Presidential to the Pentagon is coming against the backdrop of volatile security situation in the Korean peninsula with threat of nuclear attacks from North Korea and potential clash with Russia in the Middle East and China in the South China sea.

The Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

Part of the DOD’s statement read: “In National Security Presidential Memorandum 1, dated Jan. 27, the president directed the secretary of defense to conduct a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure the U.S. nuclear deterrent is safe, secure, effective, reliable and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies.

“Today, Secretary Mattis directed the commencement of the review, which will be led by the deputy secretary of defense and the vice chairman of the jointchiefs of staff, and include interagency partners. The process will culminate in a final report to the president by the end of the year.”

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