The United States recently announced a revised nuclear policy which greatly implicates international affairs and national security. Perhaps one of the most notable revisions prohibits the use of nuclear weapons in response to any conventional, biological or chemical attack, provided that the aggressor is a non-nuclear state or abides by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The revised nuclear policy of the United States is also meant to encourage Russia to continue negotiations with the U.S. regarding the reduction of nuclear weapons stockpiles. The Senate has ratified the new Start arms reduction treaty, yet Russia has hesitated to co-operate, citing the potential threat of a U.S. missile defense system. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, stated that “Russia will have the right to abandon the Start treaty if a quantitative and qualitative buildup of the US strategic anti-missile potential begins to significantly affect the efficiency of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.”