Donald Trump’s challenge to the taboo around nuclear weapons should worry us all

Moves to develop low-yield nuclear weapons for battlefield use could increase the danger of escalating conflict.

Since their first devastating detonations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the use of nuclear weapons has been considered a taboo. Historically, US nuclear policy has aimed to ensure that these weapons are leveraged as part of a wider deterrence posture and their actual use would be limited to extreme conditions.

President Trump’s call for the development of new low-yield nuclear warheads challenges this policy and has led to concerns that the President is undermining the long-held...
source: New Statesman

2018-01-12 18:17
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