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US Replacing Old Nuclear Weapon Elements With New Ones via Sputnik

German Ambassador to Russia Rudiger von Fritsch said that Washington plans to replace components on existing nuclear weapons in Germany.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States is replacing old components on existing nuclear weapons in Germany and not deploying new arms, German Ambassador to Russia Rudiger von Fritsch said Monday.

Last week, German media claimed that Washington was planning to deploy its new guided nuclear bombs in Germany at the Buchel air force base this fall.

“There’s nothing new here, there is no new quality or expansion, we’re talking about the fact that components have been replaced where the service dates have expired. This serves the goals of upholding safety by supporting these weapons in a safe condition and I think that’s in everyone’s interests,” von Fritsch said at a press conference.The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that if Washington was to station new nuclear weapons in Germany, it would constitute a violation of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT).

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