John Bolton: Still Wrong About Nuclear Weapons

Everybody’s favorite former ambassador to the United Nations, John R. Bolton, is back with his second op-ed on nuclear policy in as many weeks (h/t Greg Scoblete).  This time, writing in the Washington Times, Ambassador Bolton frets that the Obama administration’s commitment to New START and the negative security guarantees made in the administration's Nuclear Posture Review are going to make American allies uneasy—despite all available evidence suggesting that they are not. %%anc%% if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link140″).style.display=”none”;}

Apparently Ambassador Bolton is worried that reductions in America’s strategic nuclear arsenal and declarations in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review that forgo nuclear . . .
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The Korean Peninsula: Are More Nuclear Weapons the Answer?

Recently at 38 North, a blog providing analysis of North Korea, Ralph Cossa had an interesting post discussing two possibilities for providing South Korea with nuclear protection beyond the U.S. strategic nuclear umbrella.  First, South Korea could pursue its own nuclear weapons program.  Seoul had looked into an indigenous nuclear arsenal prior to signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1975, but gave it up in light of strengthened U.S. security guarantees. Given its robust economy, it could easily restart the effort if it was seen as desirable.  The second option deals with the possible redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons—removed . . .
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South Korea’s Nuclear Security Blanket

The Financial Times is reporting that the United States might redeploy tactical nuclear weapons—removed in 1991—to South Korea.  The White House has said that there is “no plan or intention” to return so-called “battlefield nukes” to Korea and that they are unnecessary for defending South Korea.  But according to the Times, Gary Samore, the White House advisor on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, has suggested the administration might be open to the idea if it received a formal request from Seoul.

This is not the first time the idea of re-introducing tactical nuclear weapons to the . . .
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