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Donald Trump's new policy could strengthen role of nuclear weapons

The document more readily embraces the role of nuclear weapons as a deterrent to adversaries

Phil Stewart | Reuters 

President Donald Trump’s administration could pursue development of new nuclear weaponry and explicitly leave open the possibility of nuclear retaliation for major non-nuclear attacks, if a leaked draft policy document becomes reality. The Pentagon did not comment on the document, which was published by the Huffington Post website and prompted sharp criticism from arms control experts, who voiced concerns it could raise the risks of nuclear war. The Defense Department said on Friday it did not discuss “pre-decision, draft copies of strategies and ...

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 00:30 IST