CBRN Assessment

US nuclear review to provide options for Russia's INF Treaty compliance

09 March 2017

Key Points

  • The US NPR will seek 'leverage points' with Russia
  • US officials have accused Russia of violating the 1987 INF Treaty

The Pentagon's ongoing Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) will consider how to address Russia's reported violation of deal barring intermediate-range weapons, among wider US nuclear strategy.

"We've been asked to include a set of options" into the NPR to respond to Russia violating 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, US Air Force General Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on 8 March.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in January was directed to begin an NPR to report on the US nuclear deterrent, which is common for an incoming administration.

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