Top General Would Refuse Trump's Order To Carry Out Illegal Nuclear Strike


The general in command of U.S. nuclear forces said yesterday that he would resist any "illegal" presidential order for a strike and work to find an alternative.

CBS said Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the USA nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

His comments come after Trump has made bellicose comments against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has threatened to carry out nuclear attacks against the U.S.

Air Force General John Hyten on Saturday told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia that he's thought a lot about what he will do if Trump orders a strike he considers illegal.

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"To answer the question of 'Can we live with a nuclear North Korea?' The answer is 'Yes, ' but the question we have to ask ourselves is: 'Do we want to live in that world?'"

"I think some people think we're stupid".

"If it's illegal, guess what's going to happen?"

However, Hyten was clear what would happen if an unlawful strike was ordered and executed.

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"I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do..." I'm going to say, "Mr. President, that's illegal". "He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is".

Some parts of the US administration have, however, said it is impossible for the White House to accept the prospect of the emergence of credible North Korean nuclear weapons. The general explained that examining these hypothetical scenarios is routine. "It's not that complicated".

Earlier this week, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee raised the issue of whether incumbent President Donald Trump should retain an authority to order a nuclear strike. He also said the USA and other nations have to handle the volatile North Korean leader together.

On November 11, Trump tweeted: 'Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old", when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" "But President Trump can create the conditions that the worldwide community can reach out in different ways where we can work with the Republic of Korea, where we can work with our neighbors in the region". "The most likely attack against our country is not a massive surprise nuclear attack by Russian Federation or China, but an escalating conflict with a smaller nuclear adversary like North Korea".

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