29 March 2013, 19:56

NATO to make collective response to hypothetical N.Korea attacks on US - Vershbow


A hypothetical North Korean attack on U.S. military facilities would involve other NATO member countries joining in armed action against the communist state as prescribed by Article Five of the North Atlantic Treaty, NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow told Interfax on Friday.

Vershbow cited the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, which led Washington to invoke Article Five.

Russia, NATO countries should reduce tactical arsenals in Europe - Vershbow

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow has called for mutual reduction of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe by Russia and the NATO countries.

"No one is concerned about stability of the situation right now, but we believe we can reach greater stability through transparency and reciprocal reductions from the current levels," Vershbow said in an interview with Interfax on Friday.

He recalled that, at the 2012 summit in Chicago, NATO decided to conduct a comprehensive review of its defense and deterrence policy, including NATO policy on nuclear weapons.

"The Allies made it very clear that they are strongly interested in engaging with Russia, first of all to increase the transparency of the current nuclear weapons systems that exist on the NATO side and on the Russian side, and then looking to the future to discuss the possibility of reductions of non-strategic nuclear weapons, recognizing that this has to be done on the reciprocal basis," he said.

"Dialog is still at a very early stage," he said.

 NATO has a special new committee to coordinate its position and to come up with ideas on these issues, he said.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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