Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Obama’s New Nuclear Policy Excludes Iran

Iran excepted from Obama’s new nuclear policy

President Obama’s new strategy to limit U.S. use of nuclear weapons would not apply to “outliers like Iran and North Korea,” he said.

The new policy, which Obama discussed in an interview with The New York Times that was published on Monday, ahead of the president’s planned nuclear security summit, would apply strict conditions on when the United States would be able to use nuclear weapons. It would commit the United States to avoid using nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, even if such states attacked America with nonconventional arms such as biological or chemical weapons.

Obama also plans to further cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal and freeze development of new nuclear weapons. The idea behind the policy, called the Nuclear Posture Review, is to take a step toward making nuclear weapons obsolete and remove the incentives for other states to pursue nuclear weapons, Obama told the Times.

“We are going to want to make sure that we can continue to move towards less emphasis on nuclear weapons,” Obama said, to “make sure that our conventional weapons capability is an effective deterrent in all but the most extreme circumstances.”

The president said in the interview that treaty violators like Iran would not be subject to the new policy.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.