In his State of the Union address January 30, he made no mention of expansion, though he said the arsenal must deter acts of aggression.
The Nuclear Posture Review, a report customarily done at the outset of a new US administration, outlines the Pentagon's nuclear goals under Trump. It's a very small place. Berlin does not have its own arsenal, but the Pentagon maintained nuclear warheads in Germany as part of a enormous military presence created to deter Soviet invasion of western Europe.
Tehran accused Washington of flexing its muscles and threatening Russian Federation with new atomic weapons after the Trump administration published a document suggesting an antagonistic stance against Moscow over nuclear proliferation.
But the diminution of arms control as a central part of the nuclear strategy may be just as striking.
The Trump nuclear doctrine breaks with Obama's in ending his push to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in US defense policy. It was hardly a novel idea: Republican and Democratic administrations embraced nuclear arms reduction efforts for decades, even during tense points of the Cold War.
"Our long-term aim must continue to be a world without nuclear weapons", Gabriel said - the stated aim of United States nuclear policy under Barack Obama. But arms control group criticized it as reckless.
Russia was quick to assail what it deemed an "anti-Russian" nuclear strategy.
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Russia's Foreign Ministry characterized the review as both "confrontational" and "anti-Russian". Under the treaty, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, France, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom - were acknowledged as nuclear powers, and other countries that joined the treaty agreed not to pursue nuclear weapons development, although they are allowed to use nuclear technology for non-military purposes.
It took aim at the Pentagon's proposal to develop a nuclear cruise missile that could be launched from a ship or submarine.
Joan Rohlfing, president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, said putting tactic and strategic nuclear weapons on the same platform, such as a strategic submarine, may easily lead to miscalculations.
"That is a proposal that is very clearly created to look like an arms control proposal, but to guarantee that it won't be accepted", Acton said.
On Sunday, the Chinese foreign ministry said that the USA should focus instead on promoting regional stability, and condemned a U.S. government report that listed Beijing as a potential nuclear enemy. The deal is scheduled to expire in 2021.
"In the Trump NPR, nuclear munitions are viewed as playing a significant and growing role in US military strategy, and so their numbers and types should be increased to make this possible", the expert said.
"In order to meet the central limits of the treaty, the United States developed and utilized conversion procedures in full compliance with its treaty obligations", it said.