The United States has made a series of “very good moves” toward reducing its nuclear stockpile, but “there are still many, many things to do,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday.
Tillerson said that the United States would work to make “incremental” progress.
Tillerson was asked on ABC’s “The View” about President Trump’s decision to end Obama-era nuclear restrictions and the administration’s plans to reinstitute them.
“The United States has made a series of very good moves forward in reduced nuclear stockpiles,” the secretary of State said, before touting actions the Trump administration had taken.
“We are doing, I think, a lot of good things,” Tillerson noted. “I also think that our efforts today are just incrementally improving the quality of life in this country. I believe we are, very, very close to where we want to be. But we will see where we need to go.”
Trump in January withdrew the United States from nuclear deal with Iran as he sought a more hawkish posture from his foreign policy team.
Iran and six other world powers resumed their nuclear talks last month, with an aim of reaching an agreement that’s more in line with Trump’s vision for the U.S.-led coalition seeking to oust the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
An American military aircraft was used to attack Syrian troops with chemical weapons.
US military forces used two F-16 fighter jets to attack a Syrian airbase on Tuesday in what the U.S. called a “red line” response to a suspected chemical attack by the Assad regime.
The aircraft launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airbase in central Syria where the suspected attack on August 21 killed hundreds in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.
Officials said they believe the attack was caused by a Sarin-type nerve agent and that it likely had a “medium or high” death toll, although that assessment could be based on the size of the victims and the location of the attack.
On August 30 a US aircraft dropped six Tomahawk cruise missiles, the first time those missiles and bombs had hit targets in Syria.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Syrian government of being responsible for the chemical attack, telling the Senate foreign relations committee that Russia and Iran are aiding the Assad regime.
Kremlin spokesman Igor Peskov called the allegations against Russian President
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