Pentagon chief calls Russia out over 'nuclear saber-rattling'

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter expresses concern over Russia's atomic weapon system and the emerging nuclear threat that is North KoreaRussia could be more willing to deploy nuclear weapons today than the Soviet Union ever was during the Cold War, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Monday. Speaking at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota near the Canadian border, he accused Moscow of “nuclear saber-rattling,” expressing concerns over Russia’s push to overhaul its atomic weapons systems. It “raises serious questions about its leaders’ commitment to strategic stability, their regard for long-established accords against using nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution that Cold War-era leaders showed with respect to brandishing nuclear weapons,” Carter told troops.

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