The United States will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states that are party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and in compliance with their treaty obligations, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in the Pentagon, April 6, 2010. Removing some of the calculated ambiguity from US declaratory policy is one of the "significant changes" to US policy encapsulated in the Obama Administration's nuclear posture review, said Gates. Here, Gates, flanked on his right by Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and on his left by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, during the NPR briefing.
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