JRL NEWSWATCH: “The Threat of Nuclear War Is Still With Us; The U.S. must re-engage with Russia to ensure the ultimate weapon doesn’t spread and is never used” – Wall Street Journal/ George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Sam Nunn

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“… A bold policy shift is needed to support a strategic re-engagement with Russia …. The most difficult task facing the U.S. is also the most important – to refocus on America’s most vital interests even as we respond firmly to Russia’s aggressions. … The U.S. and other nuclear states have yet to take decisive steps toward the goal of a world without nuclear weapons … dangers continue to mount. File Photo of ICBM in SiloDeterrence cannot protect the world from a nuclear blunder or nuclear terrorism. Both become more likely when there is no sustained, meaningful dialogue between Washington and Moscow. … risks are compounded by the rising possibility that cyberattacks could target nuclear warning and command-and-control systems, as well as the continuing expansion of global terrorist networks. Since the crises broke out in Ukraine and Syria in the past few years, U.S. and Russian forces have again been operating in proximity, increasing the risk that an act of aggression, followed by an accident or miscalculation, will lead to catastrophe. A new comprehensive approach is required to decrease the risks of conflict and increase cooperation, transparency, and security. … Trump and … Putin should announce a joint declaration reaffirming that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. … [T]he U.S. and Russia must discuss a broad framework for strategic stability – including increasing decision time for leaders – in a period of global destabilization and emerging military technologies. …”

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