White House says has no indication Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons

The White House is seen in Washington, D.C., U.S. August 7, 2022. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The United States has no indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons, despite "nuclear saber-rattling" by Russian President Vladimir Putin, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

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"We take any nuclear weapons or nuclear saber-rattling very seriously here, but I do want to say ... that we have not seen any reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture, nor do we have any indication that Russia is preparing to imminently use nuclear weapons," Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Reporting by Nandita Bose, writing by Andrea Shalal

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