U.S. 'not surprised' by new Russian nuclear threats

NBC's Megyn Kelly Scores Second Putin Interview, Grills Him On ICBM Claims

As President's Nuclear Posture Review made clear, America is moving forward to modernise our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched, Ms. Sanders said. "We need to make sure we have a credible nuclear deterrent and we are confident we are prepared to defend this nation no matter what", said White. "That's the key", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters.

She explained that, in relation to Russia, NATO has a dual approach that provides for defense, containment and dialogue.

The Pentagon on Thursday dismissed Putin's boasts about developing a new array of nuclear weapons, saying America's missile defense is ready to protect the nation but is not directed at Russian Federation.

A unmanned underwater vehicle: Putin said the Russian military had been developing a stealthy underwater vehicle that can target a wide range of targets, including carrier groups or coastal bases.

He noted that Russia had to develop the new weapons as the USA has developed a missile defense system that threatened to undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent and ignored Moscow's concerns about it. "You have failed to contain Russian Federation". "I should specifically say that Russia's growing military strength is not a threat to anyone; we have never had any plans to use this potential for offensive – let alone aggressive – goals".

His address was accompanied by videos and computer simulations of the new weapons, shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.

One particular sore point for Moscow is NATO's US -built missile defence umbrella across Spain, Poland and Romania, which the alliance says is created to shoot down Iranian rockets.

Russian Federation claims to have developed new strategic weapons impervious to Western defences but experts believe any such development is unlikely to change the balance of global power.

Putin said the weapons would render Western missile defence systems obsolete, prompting a harsh response from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which insisted its systems based in Europe were not directed against Russian Federation.

Putin also touted his newly revealed nuclear ballistic missiles, saying they could hit any point in the world, including the U.S. As well, since it's unmanned, the UUV is able to go to depths no other submarines can. "Balalaika" for a futuristic nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of circling the globe.

"The missile's name should honor our guys who died in Syria", Kadyrov said.

Tom Plant, director of proliferation and nuclear policy at the defense think-tank RUSI, also said he was not sure how much of the announcement to believe.

He added, "I think, prospective air and missile defence systems".

Putin's remarks seem unlikely to change that equation or divert the Trump Administration from its path toward modernising the full United States nuclear arsenal at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars while also expanding missile defences.

Trump has also posted about the US steel industry.

Trump did not mention the video or Russia's new missiles in several early morning tweets that took aim variously at actor Alec Baldwin and criticism of the president's decision to enact sharp tariffs on steel and aluminum Thursday.

He compared Putin's address to former British prime minister Winston Churchill's 1946 speech in which he condemned the Soviet Union and effectively announced the beginning of the Cold War.

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