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    US Plans to Gain Advantage Over Russia in Nuclear Capabilities - Ministry

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    Washington is no longer using Iran and North Korea as an excuse to enhance its nuclear potential and is more direct about plans to surpass Russia's nuclear capabilities, Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The ministry was commenting on the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that outgoing US President Barack Obama signed into law on Sunday, which contains large sections on anti-missile defense.

    "The stories about the 'nuclear threat from Iran and North Korea', that had been used to justify the deployment of anti-missile systems, have now been put aside and we are told, directly that Washington's plans have expanded and now aim to break nuclear parity with Russia to gain one-sided strategic advantage," the ministry said.

    According to the ministry, the 2017 NDAA's switch to a more large-scale protection as a goal for the US anti-missile systems was speaking for itself.

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