US Responds to Threat of Nuclear War
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U.S. officials publicly responded to the threat of nuclear war after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he was ordering the country’s nuclear deterrent forces to be placed on high alert.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations reminded the Security Council that Russia was “under no threat,” chiding Putin for “another escalatory and unnecessary step that threatens us all.”
The Biden administration wants to “reduce the rhetoric and deescalate,” the White House said Monday.
“We’ve seen this pattern from President Putin over the course of the last several months and even before then, where he manufactures the threat in order to justify a greater aggressive action,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
“The Russians – President Putin included as the leader of Russia – have committed to taking steps to reduce nuclear threats,” she added. “Everybody knows that that is not a war that can be won.”
Psaki said the US has not changed alert levels.
“We have not changed our own alerts, and we have not changed our own assessment in that front, but we also need to be very clear eyed about his own use of threats,” she said. “What we want to do right now is reduce the rhetoric and deescalate.”
President Joe Biden said he doesn’t think Americans have a reason to be worried about nuclear war.
Biden responded to the question with a short “no” after delivering remarks at a Black History Month event at the White House.
The Biden administration also reiterated the decision not to use U.S. troops to create a no-fly zone in Ukraine, saying it’s “not a good idea” and “not something the President wants to do.”
The implementation of a no-fly zone by the U.S. military “would essentially mean the U.S. military would be shooting down planes, Russian planes,” Psaki said.
“That is definitely escalatory that would potentially put us into a place where we’re in a military conflict with Russia.”
Biden’s Tuesday State of the Union address will include new policy proposals, Psaki confirmed.