The new U.S. nuclear policy is a step backwards

Violet Powell
February 8, 2018

At the Geneva talks, USA disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told the forum North Korea was only "months away" from attaining the capability to strike the United States with a nuclear-armed ballistic missile.

It can be said that America's new NPR reflects the nuclear powers' longtime inaction on nuclear disarmament. But the broader question that the Nuclear Posture Review should have broached was whether the nuclear triad, a creation of the 20th century, should be extended into the 21st century more or less equally divided among advanced sea-, air- and land-based systems, or whether the triad should be modified for current and future circumstances. He believes that the US" new "low-yield' tactical atomic weapons could become a response to Pyongyang's nuclear program. "We can only delay the explosion, hoping that by delaying it, a time will come to remove the detonator".

Though, experts claim they are very close to implementing nuclear warheads in its missile program.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and 17 other Democratic senators said in a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday that he does not have the authority to launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea and that there would be no constitutional basis for doing so. Iraq, Iran and North Korea were portrayed in the speech as building nuclear weapons, a claim Bush later used to partly justify the USA invasion of Iraq the following year.

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The expansion of the role of nuclear weapons risks triggering another round of the nuclear arms race, dramatically increases the risks of their use, and makes the road to a nuclear weapons free world even more hard, the statement adds.

It called on the U.S. to "abandon a Cold War mentality" and attend to its own nuclear disarmament program.

He also said arsenals in China and Russian Federation were expanding, drawing rebukes from their respective delegations during a forum in Geneva. Perhaps certainly more reckless. "For example, the assertion that nuclear weapons have a role in deterring significant non-nuclear attacks reverses the prior statement that the USA will not use nuclear weapons to deter chemical or conventional attacks". North Korea has sent a large delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea and re-opened communication channels with their southern neighbours. It was in recognition of it mission to "diminish the part played by nuclear arms in global politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms" that Pugwash and its co-founder, Sir Joseph Rotblat, were awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.

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