The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in mid-June 2019 briefly published the Pentagon's official doctrine on the use of nuclear weapons. The joint chiefs quickly pulled the document — Joint Publication 3-72, Nuclear Operations — from the public website.
"The document presents an unclassified, mostly familiar overview of nuclear strategy, force structure, planning, targeting, command and control and operations," commentedSteven Aftergood, an analyst with the Federation of American Scientists.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sit down before their one-on-one chat during the second U.S.-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
HANOI (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Vietnam on Wednesday for a second summit that the United States hopes will persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for promises of peace and development.
Here are the key takeaways on President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: It's Russia's fault; if an arms race ensues, it's still Russia's fault; it will be a long time before the United States could field its own missiles; and the United States has no interest in developing new nuclear missiles, senior administration officials said on Friday.
So I got to thinking last night, as I do every couple of years: What if, in order to access the codes he needs to authenticate his identity and order a launch of nuclear missiles, the president of the United States of America had to personally kill a man with a meat cleaver?
After North Korea's latest missile test, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on all nations to clamp down on the rogue regime and reasserted the US's "right to interdict maritime traffic" coming in and out of the country.