in a clear warning to Russia and North Koreathe Pentagon pointed out that its nuclear weapons are intended to deter “all forms of strategic attack”including those involving conventional weapons.
Also, when presenting the National Security Strategy 2022 the United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin He specified that Russia is currently considered “acute threat”while China is the only competition for his country, as it tries to change the international order while having the power to do so.
What does the Pentagon’s defense strategy propose?
In a clear warning to Russia and North Korea, the Pentagon said Thursday that nuclear weapons are intended to deter “all forms of strategic attack,” including those involving conventional weapons.
“This includes nuclear use on any scale, and includes high-impact attacks of a strategic nature that use non-nuclear means,” said Lloyd Austin at a press conference presenting the publication of the US strategy for the coming years.
He added that this new approach aims to “complicate the decision-making” of the adversary, at a time when Russia accuses Ukraine of prepare to use a “dirty” bomb.
“Russia carried out its aggression against ukraine low nuclear threatwith irresponsible statements, nuclear exercises on irregular dates and lies about the potential use of weapons of mass destruction”, specifies the document, released for the first time together with the new US defense strategy.
Whereas, while the United States anticipates that North Korea conduct a nuclear test, the Pentagon dismissed weapons displays and assured that a nuclear attack on the Asian country would only mean the end of Kim Jong Un’s regime, as it does not have the power to withstand a confrontation of this scale.
“Any nuclear attack from North Korea vs. the United States or its allies and partners it is unacceptable and would lead to the end of that regime. There is no scenario in which the Kim regime can use nuclear weapons and survive,” warns the US Defense Ministry in that document.
While noting that China is striving to expandmodernize and diversify its nuclear forcesso that Beijing “probably wants to possess at least a thousand nuclear warheads by the end of the decade”.
But “Russia is the main rival of the United States with the most diverse nuclear forces,” he says, with 1,550 nuclear warheads deployed and 2,000 undeployed.
“Its modern nuclear arsenal, which is expected to grow, represents a long-term existential threat for the United States and our allies and partners,” added the Department of Defense, which emphasizes that “in the 2030s, the United States will be, for the first time in its history, confronted by two major nuclear powers (which will be) strategic rivals and potential adversaries.
What will the Pentagon focus on?
In the press conference, as well as in the declassified document, the Department of Defense stressed that Russia represents an “acute threat” to the United States, although China is your “most momentous” challenge in terms of security in the coming decades.
China “represents the most far-reaching and systemic challenge, while Russia poses an acute threat, both to vital US national interests abroad and on US soil,” states the US document that sets out the military’s strategy for the next few years. years.
“The deepest and most serious challenge to the national security of the United States is (China’s) coercive and increasingly aggressive effort to reshape the Indo-Pacific region and the international system to adapt it to their interests and authoritarian preferences”, indicates this new strategy published for the first time together with the new nuclear strategy of the United States.
It adds that the Chinese rhetoric against Taiwan, whose sovereignty it claims and promises to retake by force if necessary, is a “destabilizing” factor that risks committing a miscalculation and threat to peace in the zone.
Given this, in the future the US government affirmed that it will seek to “avoid China’s dominance in key regions while protecting US territory and strengthening a stable and open international system”, while stressing that “a conflict with China does not It is neither inevitable nor desirable.