Doomsday Clock WARNING: Pentagon leak says US preparing attack in response to cybyerhacks

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

DONALD Trump wants to make it easier to use nuclear weapons as his war of words with North Korea escalates, sparking fury from anti-nuclear pressure groups.

Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Donald Trump has been accused of “winding the Doomsday Clock in the wrong direction” by pushing for more war-ready powers as tensions rise in the Middle East, Asia and Russia escalate.

The papers demand the right to use nuclear weapons in response to serious cyberattacks. Current laws restrict such a devastation reaction to extreme cases such as after a biological attack against the United States.

Anti-nuclear campaigners said there is “something seriously wrong” with the current administration after the draft of the Pentagon’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review was leaked this week.

It indicates Mr Trump wants “supplements” to America’s already-fearsome nuclear arsenal, which currently numbers more than 1,000 nuclear warheads.

The draft, revealed by Huffington Post, said more nuclear strength was needed to “correct” Russia’s “mistaken perception” they held the upper hand. The Pentagon said they want more firepower to “meet the emerging requirements” of the changing world situation.

The report said: “These supplements will enhance deterrence by denying potential adversaries any mistaken confidence that limited nuclear employment can provide a useful advantage over the United States and its allies.

“For example, Russia’s belief that limited nuclear first use, potentially including low-yield weapons, can provide such an advantage is based, in part, on Moscow’s perception that its greater number and variety of non-strategic nuclear systems provide a coercive advantage in crises and at lower levels of conflict.

“Correcting this mistaken Russian perception is a strategic imperative.”

It sparked fury among anti-nuclear war campaigners, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

ICAN’s executive director Beatrice Fihn said: “These new leaks from the Pentagon show they are trying to make it easier for Donald Trump to use nuclear weapons. Does anybody seriously think it was not easy enough already?

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