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    Investment in the already excessive US nuclear capabilities can put the security of the United States at risk.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Investment in the already excessive US nuclear capabilities can put the security of the United States at risk, US Congressman Adam Smith said on Friday.

    "This nuclear investment would actually undermine US security by driving an emerging global nuclear arms race, undercutting American credibility in the pursuit of nuclear nonproliferation," Smith stated in an op-ed for the Foreign Policy.

    The US Congress has previously supported a $1 trillion plan to modernize and increase country’s nuclear capabilities within 30 years.

    However, Smith argued that boosting nuclear spending could backfire.

    "With over 5,000 deployed and stockpiled nuclear weapons — and thousands more awaiting dismantlement — we have a nuclear force stacked with redundancy," he added.

    Smith also noted that the United States can retain a credible nuclear deterrent with fewer nuclear weapons.

    Earlier in the week, Smith co-introduced an amendment to defense budget that would cut funding for nuclear-capable cruise missile program by $75.8 million.

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