The nuclear arms race between the superpowers threatens humanity with an uncontrolled military conflict, said Kingston Reif, Director of Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association (USA).
The expert said that now there is no arms race similar to the one that was during the Cold War when the USSR and the United States produced tens of thousands of atomic weapons.
“We are witnessing a new round of nuclear rivalry between major powers, which shortly may become even more large-scale and dangerous if we do not take steps to prevent this,” he said in a comment to The Sun.
The nuclear race poses a threat to the national security of the United States and its allies, Reif warned.
“This raises concerns about the escalation of the conflict to the nuclear level, as well as concerns about the unjustified confidence of major powers that the nuclear conflict can be limited or controlled,” he stressed.
The expert added that the rivalry between the superpowers is evolving, and the parties choose to increase the size, diversity, and capabilities of their arsenal as a response to the actions of a competitor.