Iran accused the Harmonious States on Sunday of threatening Russia with new atomic weapons after Washington make knew a document outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities to deter others.
The review of U.S. atomic policy published on Friday has riled Russia, which viewed the record as confrontational, and raised fears that it could increase the risk of miscalculation between the two circle powers.
“The Americans are shamelessly threatening Russia with a new atomic weapon,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who unsettled the way to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers registering longtime adversary Washington, said in a speech.
“The same people who allegedly believe that using weapons of mass destruction is a crime against kind-heartedness … are talking about new weapons to threaten or use against rivals,” he chance in his televised address.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier counseled in a tweet that the U.S. policy document posed the risk of “bringing humankind closer to annihilation”.
The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia, dubbed “revisionist powers”, at the focal point of a new national defence strategy unveiled earlier this month schedule priorities away from fighting Islamist militants.
By expanding its own low-yield atomic capability, the United States would deter Russia from advantaging nuclear weapons, according to American officials.
Zarif also voiced in his tweet: “(U.S. President Donald)Trump’s obduracy in killing the #JCPOA (Iran’s atomic deal with world powers) stems from the same unsafe imprudence”.
Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal, negotiated in preference to he took office, a final reprieve last month but warned European team ups and Congress they had to work with him to fix “the disastrous flaws” in the pact or lineaments a U.S. exit.
He said he would waive sanctions against Iran that were promoted as part of the international deal for the last time unless his conditions were met.
The requirements put pressure on European Union powers – key backers and parties to the 2015 cosmopolitan agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program – to satisfy Trump, who demands the pact strengthened with a separate agreement.