The overwhelming case for no first use

By John P. Holdren, January 13, 2020

John Holdren John Holdren

The arguments in favor of the United States’ declaring that the only purpose of its nuclear weapons is to deter others who possess them from using theirs – in other words, that in no circumstances will this country use nuclear weapons first – are far stronger than the arguments against this stance. It must be hoped that the next US administration will take this no-first-use step promptly.

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