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Trump Awaits a 'Magical Moment' to Ban Nuclear Weapons

07 February 2018

Only one country has ever used nuclear weapons against another country.

But that magical moment seems to be elusive - and at most, a political fantasy, particularly under a Trump administration. Berlin does not have its own arsenal, but the Pentagon maintained nuclear warheads in Germany as part of a huge military presence created to deter Soviet invasion of western Europe.

The strategy says relatively little about arms control.

This posture review signals such a radical and unsafe shift in USA nuclear policy direction North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states will be forced to re-evaluate their positions to not automatically accept and support the this changed nuclear policy, he added. The Trump administration, for its part, says it's "willing to engage in a prudent arms control agenda" while dismissing the idea of marginalizing nuclear weapons as a defence tool.

Russia was quick to assail what it deemed an "anti-Russian" nuclear strategy.

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The minister warned "as in the times of the Cold War, we in Europe are especially endangered" by "a renewed nuclear arms race".

"The United States already possesses a robust nuclear arsenal and unmatched conventional capabilities". The Foreign Ministry said it doesn't have a way to confirm the reconfigured hardware was rendered incapable of carrying nuclear weapons. Regardless of whatever the reason may be, many feel we may soon be heading back to a Cold War with Russian Federation, which brings out the question of could artificial intelligence be the trigger for a new Cold War?

The Associated Press reported in January on key elements of the USA nuclear review, based on a draft version of the document, including its endorsement of the Obama administration plan for fully modernizing the nuclear arsenal by building a new strategic bomber, a new land-based intercontinental ballistic missile and a new fleet of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines.

"This change runs directly counter to an NPT commitment to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in security policies in order to facilitate disarmament". The next which comes in line in France with 300 weapons followed by China that has 270.

It also endorsed adhering to existing arms control agreements, including the new START treaty that limits the United States and Russian Federation each to 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads on a maximum of 700 deployed launchers.

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Trailing behind them are the world's other four nuclear powers: Pakistan (140 nuclear warheads), India (130), Israel (80) and North Korea (15).

Joan Rohlfing, president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, said the NPR makes no mention of a US vision of a world without nuclear weapons, as Washington has previously stated for decades.

Iran accused the U.S. of threatening Russian Federation with new atomic weapons, after the Trump administration published a document outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities in order to deter others.

David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation said: "The prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons is the only rational choice". The actual state of China's nuclear capability is basically uncertain.

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IDN is flagship agency of the International Press Syndicate.

Trump Awaits a 'Magical Moment' to Ban Nuclear Weapons