U.S. President Donald Trump has revived the dangerous possibility of using atomic weapons tactically in the new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that may revive the 1950s-type tensions, former Canadian diplomat Patrick Armstrong said.
The Trump administration announced its new nuclear doctrine on Friday, claiming it would take a tougher stance on Russia.
The NPR outlined that President Trump, just like his predecessor Barack Obama, would consider using nuclear weapons only in “extreme circumstances.”
Armstrong told Sputnik that the new doctrine threatened to increase nuclear tensions to the level they were at in the 1950s when under the Eisenhower administration nuclear weapons were even deployed for tactical use by U.S. forces in Europe.
“It sounds like a return to the 1950s when nuclear weapons were seen as ordinary munitions with a bigger bang.