US President Barack Obama plans to release a review of the US nuclear arms strategy that purportedly restricts the use of its nuclear arms against most non-atomic states except Iran and North Korea.The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which the US Congress requires all US administrations to submit at least once during their tenure, will be issued one day before Obama leaves for Prague to sign a new nuclear-arms treaty with Russia.
Despite the US claim of planning to stop funding for the development of future nuclear weapons, in its new budget request for 2011 the Obama Administration dramatically increases the funding for new US nuclear weapon production facilities while calling for a spending freeze for such domestic programs as education, nutrition, air traffic control and national parks for three year.
The development comes as Iran prepares to hold an international conference on nuclear disarmament late this month dubbed “Nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none.” Representatives from 60 countries are to participate in the two-day conference that focuses on the complete elimination of nuclear weapons across the globe.
The new NPR by the Obama Administration is also to encompass restrictions on the use of US nuclear arms against some non-nuclear countries. So far, nuclear retaliation has been reserved as an option for the US government to use in response to chemical or biological attacks.
The exception will remain for a possible nuclear attack on countries that are not in compliance with non-proliferation treaties ‘from the US perspective.’