North Korea, China and Russia are expanding and diversifying their nuclear weapons stockpiles at a “breakneck” speed, a White House official has said, warning that absent a change in the trajectory of their arsenals, the US may have to increase its own. 

Pranay Vaddi, senior director for arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation at the National Security Council, made the remarks at a forum on Friday, noting that the three countries are driving the US and its allies into bracing for a “world where nuclear competition occurs without numerical constraints”, Yonhap news agency reported.

“Russia, the PRC and North Korea are all expanding and diversifying their nuclear arsenals at a breakneck pace, showing little or no interest in arms control,” he said at the event hosted by the Arms Control Association, a US-based nonpartisan organisation. PRC stands for China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China.

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