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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Do any treaties include punitive damages from a nuclear attack?

So far there have been two nuclear strikes against populous areas world wide, those being Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since then, while tests and threats have been somewhat common, there has never been a ...
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Russian government warned North Korea about the use of legal force against their nuclear threats. What is the general procedure in that case?

Basically, the Russian government warned North Korea that it will create legal grounds for an international forceful intervention when they become a legitimate nuclear threat, so my question is, what ...
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Consequences of a US attack on North Korea? [closed]

This week, the US is carrying out joint military exercises with South Korea in which they practice the steps they would go through in order to carry out 'rehearsals of surgical strikes on North Korea’...
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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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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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Who controls the British Armed Forces?

I am trying to research this for a friend. I understand that the Government of the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, in which the Queen is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the ...
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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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What exactly is the permanent benefit of the agreement with Iran for P5?

Given the current agreement framework, what exactly is the long term (e.g., benefit in the situation in 2030) for everyone involved in negotiating with Iran as compared to situation today? I'm ...
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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 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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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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Have we already seen the collapses of the stability instability paradox?

Although we have seen less wars between nations we have seen an increasing amount of civil wars, which can lead to wars between nations.
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Whose agreement is needed to use nuclear weapons in different countries?

I heard that in some countries simultaneous agreement of several officials is needed to use nuclear weapons. For instance, the head of state, the chief of staff and the minister of defense. Unless the ...
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Which sovereign states currently have nuclear power stations but no nuclear weapons programs?

Put another way, which sovereign states besides the following have nuclear power stations? China France India Israel North Korea Pakistan Russia United Kingdom United States
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Is the theory of nuclear peace true?

Taken from Wikipedia: Nuclear peace is a theory of international relations that argues that under some circumstances nuclear weapons can induce stability and decrease the chances of crisis ...
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Is the US reconsidering the Brilliant Pebbles project?

Due to the tensions between USA and Russia over Crimea, and the fact that Russia is the second biggest nuclear power, is the US considering resuming the Brilliant Pebbles project in subsequent years?
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Russia attacks Ukraine. Why is world's reaction so slow? [closed]

Russia has occupied Crimea, and Russian soldiers are getting ready to attack Kharkiv this night. About Crimea - this has been obvious for last few days. Just words. Russia don't do it, this is bad. ...
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What exactly constitutes a “Weapon of Mass Destruction?”

There was a huge controversy because we didn't find stockpiles of chemical weapons after saying there were WMDs. Now we have charged in court people who use an IED at a marathon with using weapons of ...
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Did Hezbollah ever have a flag with a nuclear mushroom cloud on it?

In this video Salman Rushdie claims Hezbollah and Hamas was using mushroom clouds as their flag (1:31). Christopher Hitchens claims the Hezbollah's party symbol and flag was a mushroom cloud in Beirut ...
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How dangerous a threat does North Korea pose to the world? [closed]

Current news states that North Korea have been ignoring UN resolutions on nuclear development, and have gone ahead with development and testing of nuclear weapons. They have stated that they can, and ...
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Is it common for anti-war groups to oppose nuclear power?

I came across the article 'Don't make the mistake we did': Fukushima survivor to Queensland, which mentions the Japanese organization Peace Boat (Wikipedia, official website) opposing uranium mining ...
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Reasoning & Benefits Behind the USSR Assisting China's Nuclear Program

What motivated the USSR to assist China with the development of Nuclear Weapons? Ie, How did this benefit the USSR? Why would the USSR want China to have this technology during the 1950s and early ...
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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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