Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and leaders of some other major U.S. allies are worried about the possible policy of “no first use” of nuclear weapons being considered by the Obama administration. The fear is that such a policy would weaken the ability to deter aggressive dictatorships such as North Korea.
South Korea, France and Britain are also said to have privately communicated their concerns to U.S. officials about a potential declaration by President Obama of such a policy.
If Mr. Obama were to declare a no-first-use policy, it would represent a major change in the U.S. nuclear posture.
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