April 6th, 2010
08:57 AM ET
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U.S. to announce new nuclear weapons strategy

The United States will swear off the development of new generations of nuclear weapons and reduce its reliance on them in a sweeping overhaul of its nuclear strategy due out Tuesday.
The United States will swear off the development of new generations of nuclear weapons and reduce its reliance on them in a sweeping overhaul of its nuclear strategy due out Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The United States will swear off the development of new generations of nuclear weapons and reduce its reliance on them in a sweeping overhaul of its nuclear strategy due out Tuesday.

The Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review will alter decades of American policy to provide an incentive for countries to stay within the rules of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, a senior administration official told CNN. The focus of U.S. nuclear policy will be on isolating countries that are flouting their obligations under that pact, the official said.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to announce the new strategy on Tuesday, two days before he plans to sign a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia that reduces both countries' missile stockpiles. The president is expected to be joined by several Cabinet members, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

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  1. Doug

    I feel a Dick -n- daughter Cheney moment is coming. I think their heads is about to explode.

    April 6, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  2. socialcommie

    Our great man of peace, Nobel Laureate, and Beloved President, Barack Obama has very wisely given back to the world the Peace Prize awarded to him in Oslo, Norway by his historic and uniquely American gesture of bravery, strength, and heroism, while at the same time showing the entire world that the award was both wise and prophetic! Long live our Glorious President Barack Obama!

    April 6, 2010 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  3. ac

    You've got to be kidding on this one. Everybody. Everybody. Everybody hates– and should hate– nuclear weapons. However, we live in a world neighborhood where a lot of the neighbors are led by truly not nice people, who, unfortunately, we can't control by our good wishes and intentions. We have been superb stewards of our nuclear stockpiles and need the will and ability to strengthen and modernize them.
    The strategy outlined in the report is blatantly and wholly irresponsible.

    April 6, 2010 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    It would be possible for one nation, completely isolated by all other nations, to become the most militarily powerful nation in the world by the further development of nuclear weapons.
    It wouldn't be very nice of any country to do that, and its leaders might not win Nobel Peace Prizes, but nobody could call those leaders naïve.

    April 6, 2010 06:01 am at 6:01 am |