In Congress, Democrats have drafted a new bill that is likely to disrupt White House plans to create new, low-power nuclear warheads for the Trident D5 missile, according to a statement by House Speaker Adam Schmidt.
According to the authors of the document, “[…] new low-power nuclear warheads, installed in submarines, will reduce the limit on the application of nuclear weapons and increase the risk of failure, which could lead to large-scale reciprocal nuclear attacks.” In addition, they require the cut of project funding by the defense sector development budget in 2019.
Donald Trump’s plans to ease restrictions on the manufacture of nuclear warheads for the creation of new low-power warheads for use in modified missiles such as Trident II (D5) used in submarines have been quoted by The Guardian at the beginning of the year.
The main objective of this plan, according to The Guardian, would be to contain Russia’s use of tactical nuclear weapons in a conflict in Eastern Europe, and to expand the list of conditions for use of the nuclear arsenal, including in response to a conventional attack.
This comes as US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook said only on Wednesday that the US administration hopes to sign an agreement with Tehran, which will cover both the nuclear and ballistic missile program.
According to him, the United States will continue to work with its allies, as well as Russia and China.
Hook noted that the new treaty should cover both the “nuclear and ballistic program”.
The Joint Global Action Plan (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program was signed in 2015 by Iran, the European Union, China, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The agreement stipulates a gradual easing of economic sanctions on Tehran under the condition that Iran maintains its nuclear program with a peaceful nature.