Iran Accuses US of ‘Shamelessly Threatening’ Russia with Nuclear Weapons

(From The Guardian)

Iran accused the US on Sunday of threatening Russia with new atomic weapons, after the Trump administration published a document outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities in order to deter others.

Greg Weaver, deputy director of strategic capabilities for the military’s joint staff, told reporters on Friday the “US and Nato require a wider range of credible low-yield nuclear options” to deter Russia from using its own smaller nuclear weapons.

Russia saw the US document as confrontational, and governments around the world raised fears that it could increase the risk of miscalculation between the two world powers.

In a televised speech on Sunday, the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said: “The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russia with a new atomic weapon.”

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