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First a new nuclear policy for the US for decades the US is protected itself and its allies.
By leaving open the possibility US would resort to nuclear weapons if necessary.
Now President Obama says he's changing all that by narrowing the circumstances.
As well as the nation is that might be threatened with the use of nuclear weapons.
White House correspondent Mike Emanuel has the story from the Pentagon.
At the Pentagon for top administration officials laid -- president Obama's plan for the US nuclear arsenal trying to shift the focus offer and I -- -- superpower war.
To dealing with unfriendly regimes and terrorists seeking nuclear weapons.
We are re -- -- our priorities to prevent nuclear proliferation.
And nuclear terrorism.
And we are reducing the role and number of weapons in our arsenal while maintaining a safe secure and effective deterrent.
To protect our nation allies and partners.
In order to gain more international cooperation from countries such as Russia and China the administration is promising to constrain what the US would use its nuclear firepower.
This review describes -- -- United States will reduce the role in numbers have nuclear weapons -- a long term goal of a nuclear free world.
But with regimes such as Iran and North Korea defying the international community by developing nuclear weapons.
The nuclear posture review or NPR has special rules for violators of the non proliferation treaty.
If you're not going to play by the rules if you're going to be a proliferate there.
Then all options -- on the table in terms of how we deal with him.
This policy also promises the United States will not develop new nuclear warheads and will continue abiding by its pledge not to conduct nuclear testing.
But gates the holdover from the Bush Administration argued in October 2008 for modernizing our nuclear arsenal or producing a new nuclear warhead.
To be blunt there is absolutely no way we can maintain a credible deterrent.
And reduce the number of weapons in our stockpile.
Without either resorting to testing our stockpile or pursuing -- modernization program.
Today gates did requested five billion dollars be transferred from the defense budget to the Department of Energy.
To refurbish the US nuclear arsenal.
Secretary gates and explicitly.
And -- investor program that we put forward to congress as a credible modernization.
Plan -- to deal with them to deal with these issues.
President Bush released his posture review several months after the 9/11 attacks in argued for shifting away from Cold War thinking.
But allowing a commander in chief more flexibility.
Regarding the use of nuclear weapons.
With the bush nuclear posture review.
There was an attempt to.
Somewhat reliance on nuclear weapons.
But honestly it left the door wide open.
To use nuclear weapons against a wide range of threats.
This nuclear posture review doesn't do that.
Late today the two Republican senators from Arizona John McCain and Jon Kyle.
Said that the five billion dollars to maintain existing warheads was woefully in adequate.
And say it must be corrected they also argue the best way to confront proliferation.
In fighting nuclear terrorism and to do is to directly confront Iran in North Korea Kim.
Mike thanks very much.
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