Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen says the US is setting a “very bad example” by spending on nukes and not allowing other countries to engage in proliferation of nuclear weapons.
“The mere fact that the United States under President Obama is focusing on its pivot to Asia, it’s allowing countries like Japan to engage in expansion of its own military,” Madsen said in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday.
“US again sets a very bad example by allowing Japan, which suffered the only nuclear attack in history on its two cities, to engage in this military extension, which may include the acquisition of nuclear weapons,” he added.
A report by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) said the US is planning to spend over $1 trillion on its nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years.
“Over the next thirty years, the United States plans to spend approximately $1 trillion maintaining the current arsenal, buying replacement systems, and upgrading existing nuclear bombs and warheads,” according to the report.
The report adds that “procurement of replacement platforms and associated warheads will peak during a four to six year window, sometime after 2020” during which Washington will devote as much as three percent of its annual military budget to its nuclear arsenal.
“The United States is fond of going around the world telling other countries not to engage in proliferation of nuclear weapons and we in the United States are setting a very bad example by insisting on the maintenance of these nuclear weapons and arsenals,” Madsen said.