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
The US has had several close calls with hair-trigger-alert weapons If the US were to experience a nuclear attack, it probably wouldn't come from North Korea or Russia, Gronlund said, but from our own missteps. (Though a large-scale nuclear terrorist attack is less likely, it's still one of 15 major disaster scenarios planned for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other US agencies.) … [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
“This is why President Trump withdrew from the wretched Iran nuclear deal. This is why he has imposed economic sanctions. This is why we are working with our friends in Europe to convince them of the need to take stronger steps against Iranian nuclear weapons,” he said. … [Read more...] about Bolton: Top Priority Is Ensuring Iran Never Obtains Nuclear Weapons
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has warned of a potential "arms race" should the New START collapse. He reiterated his government's accusations last month at the Munich Security Conference, arguing that Washington and Moscow must "properly address a problem with the U.S. compliance with this issue in relation to so-called conversion of a considerable number of U.S. delivery means," such as the 56 Trident II submarine launchers and 41 B-52H heavy bombers "artificially withdrawn by the U.S. side." … [Read more...] about Russia Says U.S. Is Hiding Nuclear Weapons: ‘That Is a Serious Problem’