The subsequent Cold War triggered a nuclear arms race between the world’s two superpowers under the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction, or MAD. This is a theory of deterrence that relies on each side having a nuclear arsenal of apocalyptic scale, creating a stalemate because neither could realistically win a nuclear war. Nuclear weapons proliferated as others conducted their own research before any international law was established to prevent or deter it. … [Read more...] about Which Countries Have Nuclear Weapons?
Use of nuclear weapons
Since the Cold War, the US has kept an estimated 900 nuclear weapons on "hair-trigger alert," meaning the president could decide to launch them in just a few minutes. Reports have not indicated that the policy was discussed during President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. Some global-security experts and scientists say hair-trigger alert endangers US cities because the US could inadvertently start a nuclear war if it launched the weapons in error. A senior scientist from the Union of Concerned Scientists proposed turning the missiles' hair-trigger-alert setting off as a temporary solution. At a highly anticipated summit in Singapore on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed the future of the two nations' nuclear programs and ultimately agreed to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. … [Read more...] about The US still keeps hundreds of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert — here’s what it means and why it’s a huge risk
The 2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review mandates the development of a range of non-strategic, low-yield nuclear options, on the rationale that these are no more destructive than conventional weapons. Also, the U.S. administration will not rule out the use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks against the U.S. and its allies and partners. Increased reliance on non-strategic (tactical) nuclear weapons is gaining acceptance by other nuclear countries, as well. This does lower the threshold for the actual use of such heinous weapons. … [Read more...] about For humanity’s sake, it is time to abolish nuclear weapons
He thanked Trump for walking away from the “terrible deal with Iran,” saying this was “nothing less than a hinge of history.” He also hailed the Trump administration’s “determination to re-impose tough sanctions on Iran and those doing business with Iran. I know that that view is shared by all our Arab neighbors, or practically everyone in this region.” … [Read more...] about Bolton: Top Priority Is Ensuring Iran Never Obtains Nuclear Weapons
The Russian Foreign Ministry, which has accused the U.S. of deflecting efforts to renew the treaty that expires in 2021, reacted Wednesday to these remarks in a statement "to remind our American colleagues that the extension of the New START Treaty is not a mere formality that will take several weeks or even days, as they want the public to believe" and that "the United States must fulfill all its obligations under the treaty" before entering into talks. … [Read more...] about Russia Says U.S. Is Hiding Nuclear Weapons: ‘That Is a Serious Problem’