Questions tagged [nuclear-weapons]

A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from splitting atoms. Because the long-lived nuclear material used is then spread into the surrounding area, it is considered the most devastating weapon of war known to mankind. Use this tag to discuss the politics of obtaining them and using them in diplomacy

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What laws govern the use of nuclear weapons by the USA?

My understanding of the United States' first, second, and strategic nuclear strike capacity is that any nuclear strike must be directly approved by the President, and follow a very specific chain of ...
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What are Russia's views on nuclear proliferation in South Asia?

I am going to attend a Mock UN session soon, so any fast answers optionally with sources would be amazing. South Asia has been a region of conflict since a long time, but things are heating up a lot. ...
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How to implement an assured financial mutual destruction mechanism to restrain super powers from large scale trade wars? [closed]

The existence of nukes essentially made wars between super powers obviously unprofitable, hence eliminate one of the main motivation of war. However there are still beliefs that trade wars could be ...
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Why are US nukes still stationed in Germany for use by German pilots and not French ones?

So, recently Germany somewhat controversially ordered 45 F-18 fighter jets, supposedly for replacement of the old Tornado fighter jets to still have jets capable of delivering US nuclear bombs, given ...
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Have the contents of the letters of last resort ever been revealed?

The letters of last resort are the letters written by the UK Prime Minister to the naval officers in command of the four nuclear submarines which provide the UK's nuclear deterrent, containing ...
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To what extent are nuclear weapons a precondition for global power or influence?

Clearly the possession of a nuclear arsenal - or at least the ability to build one - ensures that a country will be taken seriously on the global stage and will wield a certain amount of influence ...
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Has Iran threatened to leave the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty before?

News is that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Monday that Tehran would withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if Europeans continued with what he called “their improper ...
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Why was Thatcher apparently unwilling to use Britain's nuclear deterrent in negotiations with China over Hong Kong's future?

Apparently during the negotiations that led to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the British were hamstrung because they were in a much-weaker position militarily, and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ...
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If I get arrested for having a nuclear weapon, is my right to bear arms being violated? [duplicate]

If I were to build my own nuclear weapon, without the intention to detonate it, and got arrested for it, would my second amendment right be being be violated? This is assuming that I had it properly ...
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Why does China have so few nuclear weapons?

From the wikipedia page about the number of nuclear weapons we see that China only has 250 nukes, which puts it in the same league as France or the UK, and way under the 1000+ actives held by Russia ...
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Why do the US media keep claiming that Iran is violating their nuclear deal even though the deal was withdrawn by the US?

I keep seeing articles in the US media recently, claiming that Iran is in violation of a 'nuclear deal'. For example: The head of Iran's nuclear program said on Monday that Tehran was now operating ...
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Will a nuclear country use nuclear weapons if attacked by conventional means by another nuclear country?

I am a learner of the Russian language and saw the following statement by a vice-president of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Problems: Скажу лишь то, что в условиях обычной войны, если на нас ...
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Why has the US not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?

There is a known treaty about full banning nuclear tests, from 1996. Many states have signed it, but not all ratified. I can understand, why, for example, DPRK haven't signed it - it is critical for ...
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Is there any international convention/treaty/protocol that regulates how a country should behave if a nuclear incident happens on its territory?

There is a quite a long list of nuclear power and radioactive incidents that happened after nuclear power has been discovered. One of the most recent was the Nyonoksa radiation accident that happened ...
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UK: “limited nuclear strike” policy (history, details, politics, etc)

In a recent submission to a UK parliamentary committee the former chief of the navy (Lord West) was talking about a policy change which surprised me, that "recently" (some point in the last 10-20 ...
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Did the USA violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty?

America and Russia recently abandoned the INF treaty, with both sides blaming each other. Since then I've heard that the US has tested short-range missiles. I read headlines and thought: It's ok, as ...
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What is the reason South Sudan has not yet signed the NPT?

What is the reason South Sudan has not yet signed the NPT? On Wikipedia, it says South Sudan, founded in 2011, has not yet joined. Is there a particular political reason why they didn't join yet? What ...
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Does nuclear propulsion applied to military ships fall under civil or military nuclear power?

From what I know very few countries are authorized to possess nuclear weapons, although a few others might secretly have some. But using nuclear power for civilian use (to produce electricity) is ...
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Why does North Korea test their nuclear weapons underground?

When the U.S. and the Soviet Union were testing their nuclear bombs during the Cold War, they did the testing above ground. Why does North Korea test their nuclear weapons below ground, and how is it ...
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Can Iran easily restart the heavy-water reactor construction at Arak, after supposedly it filled with concrete?

Under JCPOA Iran was supposed to change the design of the Arak IR-40 research reactor to make it harder to produce (weapons grade) plutonium. Iran announced in 2016 that they filled the core of the ...
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Are there non-military uses of 20%-enriched Uranium?

Following the US pulling out of the JCPOA agreement last year, Iran has announced it may resume Uranium enrichment, up to a level of 20% of U-235 (the more-active isotope, as opposed to U-238). The ...
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Why would citizens of a country crave warfare against a nation that holds nuclear weapons?

If two countries both possess nuclear weapons, what reasons are there for why inhabitants in one of the countries would crave warfare against the other? Isn't that completely illogical, since warfare ...
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Why does Israel not have an energy producing nuclear power plant?

I think, in the case of such small countries, the existence of the peaceful nuclear energy production is probably more a political and not an economical question. It is because even a single power ...
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Does Iran have any remaining obligations regarding UN Security Council resolution 2231 and testing ballistic missiles?

In recent US government news, Iran allegedly test-fired a missile: The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile ...
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Why do the US and Russia not seem to support INF anymore?

According to Time, Donald Trump plans to withdraw US from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-...
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Do countries inform each other about ballistic missile test launches?

Informing potential adversaries about intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test looks logical, to not trigger false alert. I can't find any info - do countries do it? Do some protocols exist for ...
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Why doesn't the USA allow all countries to have nuclear weapons? [duplicate]

Proponents in country A which has nuclear weapons support their existence by using the 'deterrence' argument. However, proponents in country A actively attempt to prevent country B from developing ...
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Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology? [closed]

Can North Korea open source its atomic bomb and missile technology (put all schematic and methods how build on internet or print books)? This is one way keep its technology by give technology to every ...
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How close is North Korea to a viable nuclear deterrent? [duplicate]

Today, for the first time in history, the leaders of North Korea and the USA met with a handshake. They both agreed to denuclearise the Korean peninsula. But for me this seems ridiculous. I ...
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Can the Iran deal still be salvaged by other western nations without the US? [closed]

Trump withdrew from the Iran deal stating "It was a bad deal. Worst deal in history." France, Germany and the UK have said they "regret" the American decision. The foreign ministry of Russia, ...
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Why did the USA want to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran?

Donald Trump has recently pulled US out of the Iran Nuclear deal: US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it "decaying ...
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Clear factors differentiating an an offensive from a minimum deterrent nuclear capability

Arms control specialist Cheryl Rofer argues that the nuclear weapon programs pursued by the dictatorships of Iran and North Korea were "Regime Change Deterrents": The nuclear strategies of North ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia pressing the USA for nuclear tech?

Saudi Arabia is talking with the USA to sign a nuclear deal: probably civilian, and possibly without safeguards1. It is very likely that the US congress would block such a deal without safeguards2,3. ...
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Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?
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What was George W. Bush's explanation at the time, for unilaterally withdrawing from the ABM treaty?

The Wikipedia page on the ABMT says Supporters of the withdrawal argued that it was a necessity in order to test and build a limited National Missile Defense to protect the United States from ...
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Nuclear Disarmament and assurence that countries will get rid of their weapons [closed]

If nuclear disarmament happens how can we be sure that other countries will get rid of their weapons?
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Why isn't Saudi Arabia running after Nuclear Weapons? [closed]

Iran clearly desires to have Nuclear weapons, so does North Korea. Possession of Nuclear Weapon deters an enemy on engaging a war. Why isn't Saudi Arabia which has the third largest Military Budget ...
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Is it accurate to compare the nuclearization of North Korea with that of Pakistan and India? Why or why not?

I heard a prominent university professor say on the radio the other day that we shouldn’t worry about North Korea going nuclear, because Pakistan and India both went nuclear peacefully - is this an ...
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Is there a literal nuclear button that launches a nuclear attack?

Donald Trump recently tweeted that he has a "bigger" nuclear button on his desk, in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day address. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated ...
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What about are the chances of a global (or local) nuclear war, given the (very complex) current political situation? [closed]

What are the odds of a local or global nuclear conflict? I can remember very well that in the eighties of the twentieth century I used to have nightmarish dreams of nuclear devices exploding on the ...
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What would it take to shut down NK’s internet? [closed]

According to the South Korean govt, North Korea makes quite a bit of money of crypto mining and hacking. If we could shut off there internet, we could make this income a lot harder to get and access, ...
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Why did India conduct Pokhran II in 1998, despite having already proved itself a nuclear power in 1974?

India was already an established nuclear power, as proven already in 1974 in Pokhran-I. Depsite the fear of economic sanctions and worldwide condemnation, Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to go on with ...
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What's the origin of the concept of “no first use”?

What does it mean "no first use"? Have NATO applied this concept ? In what ways? Who was the first to develop this concept? What are the work laying the foundation of the concept?
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If all the countries had Nuclear Weapons, would that stop all wars? [closed]

Reading this question: Why don't all countries attempt to get rid of all nuclear weapons? I realised that: Due to MAD doctrine, countries are unlikely to destroy their nuclear arsenals. Nuclear ...
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Why don't all countries attempt to get rid of all nuclear weapons?

As long as nuclear weapons exist and some countries possess them, other countries will also wish to possess them. This is unavoidable. Since we all want to avoid that, what stands in the way of some ...
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How exactly are further sanctions meant to prevent North Korea from continuing their nuclear program?

I understand that sanctions in general work in a variety of ways, such as preventing new technologies from being developed, encouraging unrest among the populace, etc. However, it appears to me that ...
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List of countries that can, without help, develop nuclear weapons [closed]

Is there a list which provides the nations that could, without either external expertise or external materials (say from current domestic inventory of nuclear energy industry), develop a nuclear ...
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Why has Israel not acknowledged or denied its nuclear weapons?

Looking at the map in the upper-right of this Wikipedia article, I see that Israel is the only country in the category "states presumed to have nuclear weapons": Israel is also widely known to have ...
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What exactly is the purpose of the Non-Proliferation Treaty when nuclear weapons can be substituted with conventional explosives?

With the destructive power of nuclear weapons, it's understandable the concerted effort by many world bodies to vigorously regulate and control the ownership of nuclear weapons. The NPT is one of such ...
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What's the point of non-nuclear nations signing an agreement to ban nuclear weapons?

There have recently been news about US protests over Sweden signing an anti-nuclear treaty: US Secretary of Defence James Mattis sent a letter to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist warning ...