Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, slammed the Trump administration in a Sunday tweet in response to the Pentagon’s recent announcement of a new nuclear policy.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States’ newly-announced nuclear policy brings the world “closer to annihilation.”

Zarif’s comments came three days after the Pentagon announced its plan to expand the nuclear capabilities of the US in the face of a growing threat from Russia.

In a policy statement entitled the Nuclear Posture Review, published on Friday, the Pentagon proposed to develop new, small atomic bombs that can be launched from ballistic-missile submarines and warships.

In a tweet on Sunday, Zarif wrote that the document “reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, bringing humankind closer to annihilation.”