Letters Harm of idle nuclear weapons

Time to re-assess mutually assured destruction

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4917 (Published 01 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4917
  1. John C M Gillies, professor
  1. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 2QZ, UK
  1. john.gillies{at}ed.ac.uk

McCartney mentions the escalating crisis between the USA and North Korea,1 which illustrates the major problem with mutually assured destruction: it depends on a rational assessment of the terrible risks for the world of the use of nuclear weapons. This assessment should then lead to …

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