WSJ reports that Biden reaffirmed US policy of using nuclear weapons


Wall Street Journal (may be closed):

  • During the 2020 campaign, Mr Biden promised to work towards a policy in which the sole purpose of the US nuclear arsenal would be to deter enemy nuclear attack.
  • Mr Biden’s new decision, taken earlier this week under pressure from allies, argues that the “fundamental role” of the US nuclear arsenal will be to deter nuclear attacks.

  • This carefully worded wording, however, leaves open the possibility that nuclear weapons could also be used in extreme circumstances to deter conventional, biological, chemical and possibly cyber attacks by the enemy, the officials said.

that is, US President Biden has:

  • has taken a longstanding U.S. approach of using the threat of a possible nuclear response to deter conventional and other non-nuclear dangers in addition to nuclear dangers, U.S. officials said Thursday

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