President changes nuclear response for bioattack

President Obama has announced that conditions of the American nuclear strategy are being narrowed, even in the event of a biological or chemical attack.

The new strategy, which President Obama describes as part of a broad effort towards making nuclear weapons obsolete, renounces the development of new nuclear weapons, which overrules his own defense secretary's initial position.

The strategy is seen as an attempt to the nation's posture towards rogue states and terrorist organizations, which are perceived as greater threats than traditional powers such as China and Russia.

Non-nuclear states in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, even if they attack the U.S. with biological or chemical weapons, will not face nuclear reprisal under the new strategy. Instead, President Obama said, such threats could be deterred by a series of graded options consisting of conventional weapons.

“I’m going to preserve all the tools that are necessary in order to make sure that the American people are safe and secure,” President Obama said, according to the New York Times.

The option for reconsidering a nuclear retaliation against a biological attack will b e left open, White House officials have said, if development of biological weapons attains a level that would leave the U.S. vulnerable to a devastating strike.