According to the Washington Post and U.S. officials, President Obama is currently considering declaring a “no-first-use” policy for America’s nuclear arsenal, and possibly other executive actions to advance nuclear disarmament in his final months in office.
President Obama has already announced in his 2010 Nuclear Posture Review a commitment to move to 'sole purpose' (the only purpose of nuclear weapons being to deter other nuclear weapons) which is close to a no-first-use policy.
Both options have been resisted by pro-nuclear forces in the U.S. and in allies of the U.S. that are reliant on extended nuclear deterrence (Japan, South Korea and NATO countries).
The Washington Posts reports that opponents in the U.S. Congress are arguing that no-first-use would weaken the security of the 'allies that live under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, especially in Europe and Northeast Asia.'
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Coordinating Team
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a global network of legislators working on a range of initiatives to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve a nuclear weapons free world.