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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May the US president launch a nuclear bomb without any oversight on any target?

According to Article II, Section 2, Clause I of the Constitution, the President of the United States is commander in chief of the United States Armed Forces. Source: Wikipedia How does launching a ...
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Is there any objective reason why some states can have nuclear weapons but others can't?

Many countries around the world suspect that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear weapon. Regardless of whether this is true or not, is there any objective reason why the US, UK, France, and others ...
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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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Why doesn't North Korea just silently build their nuclear weapons?

North Korea's desire to acquire nuclear weapons is entirely understandable from both a practical perspective (more power) and a moral perspective (a deterrence tool in order to defend its own ...
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Why isn't there Israel nuclear talk? [closed]

Iran is suspected of building nuclear weapons, then world powers hold Iran nuclear talks in order to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons. Meanwhile Israel most likely already has nuclear ...
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Why are some politicians saying the Iran Nuclear deal is bad?

I've been hearing about this nuclear deal that was reached with Iran today. It seems to restrict what Iran can do with a nuclear program, and allows international inspectors to perform inspections ...
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Why is North Korea criticized for having Nuclear Weapons?

There is a lot of media hype that criticizes North Korea for (having?) developing Nuclear Weapons and the international community has roundly condemned them, but why shouldn't they have them? Surely ...
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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 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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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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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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What's the point of having thousands of nuclear missiles?

According to Wikipedia, the US and Russia have close to 8,000 nuclear warheads each. Other known nuclear powers, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel has a couple of hundreds each. The ...
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Why is Israel refusing to let the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect their facilities?

For years Israel has refused opening their nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection and Israel signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 45 member states, including Turkey, Russia, China and Iran, ...
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Why is nobody worried about Pakistan's nuclear program?

I'm asking about what seems to me to be a double standard in the level of concern, in the media and among world leaders, regarding the nuclear capability of two states in the Greater Middle East. The ...
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Why is North Korea developing nukes?

North Korea threatens to start a war by working to develop nukes. These nukes, however, are tiny compared to larger nuclear powers. Their largest nuke is 10kT compared to 15,000 kT for the largest ...
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Why does Iran oppose nuclear inspections?

It's obvious that Iran is not in favor of regulatory IAEA design safety reviews and among the talks she is firm that the nuclear program is merely for "peaceful purposes." Is there a legitimate ...
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Why did Ukraine give up nuclear weapons through Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances?

Through Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons between 1994 and 1996. According to the same source: Before that, Ukraine had the ...
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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 is the timeframe of the Comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program?

Media reports on the Comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program focus on the things Iran must do in the near future to get the sanctions lifted but what happens after that? When would the ...
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Why is the USA threatened by ballistic missiles from North Korea?

The USA all of the sudden appears vulnerable to intercontinental missiles from North Korea. Doesn't the USA have a defence system that would easily destroy an approaching ballistic missile before it ...
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Are Japan's neighbours opposed to a US apology for Hiroshima?

In the discussion about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I've heard about opinion within the United States, and opinion within Japan, such as the the Pew Research Center's article 70 ...
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Can the US president hand-off the nuclear football to the vice president?

It's been reported that the nuclear football will be coming with President Obama during his historic visit to Hiroshima. Could a president decide to give the nuclear football to the vice president ...
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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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How does the new President secure the nuclear football during a “contested” transition

Following on to this question... since a military aide is always near the President with the Football, how does the new President get the football if that aide with the football is with the now-former ...
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Why do countries typically build their own nuclear weapons rather than buy them?

Most countries with nuclear weapons seem to have built them themselves, possibly with help in the process from other countries, rather than buying a ready-made nuclear weapon off-the-shelf. ...
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Why haven't North Korea already used their nuclear weapons?

I've heard lots of people saying that Kim Jong Un is crazy and mad and that he will cause war and destruction. However, there is one thing that confuses me about this statement: North Korea has had ...
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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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What are the conditions of Iran's nuclear agreement?

According to the agreement between "Iran" and "China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK and the US", Iran should not be able to produce weapons of mass destruction. But in reality the ...
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Quickly prevent POTUS from initiating military or nuclear operations?

As Pelosi warns Trump could be impeached for a second time if he does not leave office imminently and willing, she has expressed in a letter about two things which stems this question... Taking "...
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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 ...