Obama's nuclear strategy focuses strongly global security. President Obama released his plan during an interview on Monday, April 5th, 2010 which highlights the push to eliminate nuclear weapons entirely to make the world safer and encourage countries, through incentive programs, to abort nuclear "ambitions" with exceptions for Iran and North Korea who have previously renounced or violated Obama's plan.
Obama's plan contains an unprecedented commitment from the United States to not employ nuclear weapons against nations which conform to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, despite attacks against the U.S. with via chemical weapons or cyberattacks. Obama insists that "a series of graded options" will "preserve all the tools that are necessary in order make sure that the American people are safe and secure."
Obama's plan is meeting a rising controversy as Republicans fear the U.S. will be opened to significantly damaging attacks as the nuclear threat is lessened while Democrats are disappointed with the "blanket statement" of not utilizing nuclear weapons against threats. Obama responded to both sides with "We are going to want to make sure that we can continue to move towards less emphasis on nuclear weapons...[to] make sure that our conventional weapons capability is an effective deterrent in all but the most extreme circumstances.”
Next week the White House and President Obama will host a summit meeting regarding nuclear security with leaders from 47 nations.