07 Apr

Events of Interest and Analyses

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US unveils revised nuclear policy

The US has announced a new, more restrictive policy on the use of its nuclear weapons with Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, stating that the country aims to play a “stabilising role” for its allies.

At a news conference in Washington on Tuesday, Clinton and Robert Gates, the defence secretary, unveiled the changes as part of what is known as the Strategic Posture Review.

A central plank of the review is that the US will no longer respond with nuclear weapons, even if it comes under attack by conventional, biological or chemical weapons.

This will apply only to non-nuclear states and countries which abide by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).


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