Stoltenberg announces possibility of NATO putting additional nuclear arms on standby mode

(MENAFN) In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed that NATO member states are engaged in discussions regarding the potential elevation of their nuclear weapons readiness status. Stoltenberg emphasized the importance of maintaining a robust deterrent capability amidst escalating tensions with Russia and growing concerns over China's nuclear advancements.

Stoltenberg refrained from specifying operational details but indicated that deliberations are underway regarding the activation of nuclear assets currently in storage. He underscored NATO's commitment to demonstrating a formidable deterrent posture, stressing that such measures are necessary in a world where nuclear weapons remain a significant geopolitical factor.

While acknowledging NATO's aspiration for a world free of nuclear arms, Stoltenberg highlighted the enduring necessity for the alliance to uphold its nuclear posture in the face of adversaries like Russia, China, and North Korea. He expressed particular apprehension over China's expanding nuclear capabilities, warning of the potential challenges posed by having multiple nuclear-armed adversaries simultaneously threatening NATO's security.

The NATO chief also noted ongoing efforts by the United States to modernize its nuclear arsenal, including upgrades to nuclear gravity bombs stationed in Europe and enhancements to the aircraft tasked with their deployment. These developments come amid statements from US officials, such as Pranay Vaddi, emphasizing the need to adjust US nuclear strategy in response to the evolving capabilities of adversarial states.

Stoltenberg's comments reflect NATO's strategic recalibration in response to shifting global dynamics, underscoring the alliance's resolve to maintain a credible deterrent while navigating complex geopolitical challenges in Europe and beyond.



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