USA and nuclear weapons?
Is the United States of America allowed to use nuclear weapons in times of war? I know that the USA was the first to use them in battle decades ago, but aren't they a part of the Treaty On the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons as of now?
- MajorArmedManLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
If someone launches nuclear arsenals at us, then we are justified in launching our nuclear weapons against those who attacked us with the same arsenals. The chances of using nuclear weapons in today's world is very very small, considering we have the technology today that could minimize impact to environment and non-combatant casualties and to destroy legitimate targets effectively.
As "is allowed"....Dude, we are a sovereign nation for a reason and we have the right whether to use nuclear weapons or not. In fact, there is no international treaty that actually prohibits the use of nuclear weapons in warfare. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1996 declared that:
"There is in neither customary nor conventional international law any specific authorization of the threat or use of nuclear weapons;
There is in neither customary nor conventional international law any comprehensive and universal prohibition of the threat or use of nuclear weapons as such".
However, the ICJ also stated that:
"A threat or use of nuclear weapons should also be compatible with the requirements of the international law applicable in armed conflict, particularly those of the principles and rules of international humanitarian law, as well as with specific obligations under treaties and other undertakings which expressly deal with nuclear weapons;
It follows from the above-mentioned requirements that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law;
However, in view of the current state of international law, and of the elements of fact at its disposal, the Court cannot conclude definitively whether the threat or use of nuclear weapons would be lawful or unlawful in an extreme circumstance of self-defence, in which the very survival of a State would be at stake." http://www.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v1_cha_...
So there you go, there is nothing that prohibits us from using nuclear weapons against an adversary in warfare. However, it also said that such use in normal conflicts would violate international humanitarian law (IHL) and anyone who authorized nuclear weapons could be tried for war crimes except in the state of total war. The last time we used nuclear weapons against an adversary in a state of total war was WWII when nuclear weapons were dropped on Japan in 1945, effectively ending the war.
- John de WittLv 77 years ago
It really would be better if you'd forget the passive voice. "Is allowed" supposes some higher authority either allowing an action or not. The US is a sovereign nation. There is no higher authority to allow or disallow any US action, though the country, like any other, has to weigh the good against the harm of an action. In this case, the use of nuclear arms would doubtless be fraught with negative consequences politically. At any rate, the US military is moving away from nukes as part of its military strategy, on completely pragmatic grounds: nuclear, biologic, and chemical weapons aren't needed, because we have such overwhelmingly effective weapons without using any of those.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Technically no but the only thing anyone could do to stop them would be declare war and as the USA would be using NUKE's i don't imagine they would.
The idea that there can be rules to war is ridiculous in my opinion.
- alanaLv 67 years ago
Well the first guy to launch one will be the last