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The U.S. does not exclude the use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attack

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WASHINGTON, January 13. /TASS/. The United States is prepared to use its nuclear weapons including in non-nuclear attack on them. This is confirmed in the draft new US nuclear doctrine, declassified version of which was published on Friday.

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Washington “will consider [the possibility of] nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances to defend the vital interests of the United States, allies and partners,” reads the document, the text of which is published in the online edition of the Huffington Post. This explains that “extraordinary circumstances may include a significant non-nuclear strategic attack .” To those related, in particular, “attacks on the civilian population of the United States”, their allies and partners or civil infrastructure in these countries, as well as attacks on nuclear forces, Washington and its allies, the bodies of command and control as such. Finally, to provoke nuclear retaliation by the US and the strikes on their facilities warning about the attack, identified in the draft doctrine.

“The United States will not use nuclear weapons or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear States that are members of the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and fulfill their obligations in the field of non-proliferation,” write the strategists of the Pentagon.

They also claim that “today it is no longer justified” the idea is to take a commitment not to use nuclear weapons first. “US policy is to preserve a certain ambiguity about the exact circumstances that could lead to a U.S. nuclear response,” reads the document.

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In addition, the authors reject the idea of de-alerting of Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) land-based. It “would create the potential for dangerous instability in the field of deterrence”, would make silo-based ICBMs “vulnerable to a potential first strike”, according to the compilers of the new edition of US nuclear doctrine.

The instructions on its preparation, US President, Donald trump gave on 27 January last year. Unclassified version of this document is 64 pages. It is supposed that the doctrine be officially released in late January or early February.

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