US Congressmen Urge Obama to Reject Concept of Preemptive Nuclear Strike

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US congressmen urged President Barack Obama to refrain from the concept of a preemptive nuclear strike.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Over 20 US congressmen signed a letter, demanding President Barack Obama to discard the concept of the possibility of a preemptive nuclear strike.

"In case the United States implements its possible plans to be the first to use nuclear weapons against an enemy with the similar arsenal, [this] may result in full-scale nuclear exchange and deaths of thousands of its citizens," the letter said.

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Both top nuclear powers are currently engaged in extensive nuclear modernization, according to both countries’ defense agencies.

By the early 2040s, the United States is expected to replace and upgrade all three legs of its nuclear triad, amounting to costs that some experts have put at close to $1 trillion.

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