President Obama, fresh off the announcement of agreement with Russia to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles, plans to unveil a nuclear weapons strategy Tuesday that will limit the United States’ potential uses of such weapons — even in self defense.
Obama, in an interview Monday with the New York Times, said he would make an exception for “outliers like Iran and North Korea” in revamping the United States’ nuclear strategy.
With the new approach, Obama sees the United States leading by example in efforts to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons and eventually make them obsolete, the president told the Times, signaling a clear break with his predecessors on the issue.
Instead, threats could be dealt with by “a series of graded options,” he said, combining old and new conventional weapons.
“I’m going to preserve all the tools that are necessary in order to make sure that the people are safe and secure,” Obama told the Times.
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