first strike

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the initial use of nuclear weapons to attack a country that also has nuclear weapons

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By the early 1980s, however, strategic analysts in the United States were concerned that the Soviets had developed a first-strike capability large enough to debilitate US forces and destroy cities.
While he is surely right about the emerging American first-strike capability if U.
The opponent would do this not necessarily because it planned to attack, but because it could not run the risk that the defended state might be able to attack it without fear of retaliation--that it would have a so-called first-strike capability.
The United States has always had a first-strike capability as its goal.
This so-called first-strike capability is everywhere recognized as a profoundly destabilizing condition.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe on Wednesday dismissed South Korean claims that discussion in Japan of the possibility of attaining first-strike capability will worsen current tension with North Korea, saying he never made such remarks.
TOKYO - Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe on Wednesday dismissed South Korean claims that discussion in Japan of the possibility of attaining first-strike capability will worsen current tension with North Korea, saying he never made such remarks.