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Pentagon changes postwar policy to allow nuclear strikes against non-nuclear threats, breaking Biden pledge

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The Pentagon revealed in its new "National Defense Strategy" that it will dispense with President Joe Biden's pledge only to use nuclear warheads to deter or respond to a nuclear attack. Instead, the U.S. will now deploy nuclear weapons to "deter not only nuclear attack, but also a narrow range of other high consequence, strategic-level attacks."

Biden's nuclear pivot

The Pentagon report suggested that its updated policy pertaining to targeting non-nuclear threats with nuclear weapons was the result of a "thorough review of a broad range of options for nuclear declaratory policy – including both No First Use and Sole Purpose policies."

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