tactical nuclear weapon

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tactical nuclear weapon

[′tak·tə·kəl ′nü·klē·ər ′wep·ən]
(ordnance)
A nuclear weapon which is programmed primarily for employment against tactical targets in tactical military operations.
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However, Pakistan is developing a new short-range rocket with nuclear capability that certainly would be characterised as a non-strategic nuclear weapon if it belonged to Russia or the United States.
Moreover, it was once hoped that Nato's small number of non-strategic nuclear weapons sited in Europe could be withdrawn to the US, as they were widely considered militarily useless.
He has also proposed negotiated, verifiable reductions in non-strategic nuclear weapons and in non-deployed nuclear weapon stockpiles.
Regarding the non-strategic nuclear weapons, Sergey Lavrov highlighted that Russia has reduced its arsenal of such weapons by three-quarters, and moved all the bases to inside the territories, adding that his country had taken this unprecedented step at a time when the similar US arms are still deployed in Europe, which are capable of reaching the Russian territory.
We have endorsed the content of papers on non-strategic nuclear weapons and the reduction of the role of nuclear weapons and welcome their further elaboration in the lead up to the second NPT PrepCom in Geneva in 2013," the ten-member grouping said.
Washington -- To enhance its nuclear capability, Pakistan is developing non-strategic nuclear weapons, and thus joining the ranks of countries like the US and Russia, a leading American think-tank has said.
iii) The Canadian Government should support new initiatives within Europe and publicly indicate its support for the removal of all remaining non-strategic nuclear weapons from European soil, in support of longstanding international calls that all nuclear weapons be returned to the territories of the states that own them.
The commission's recommendation in the final report says, ''The United States should also retain capabilities for the delivery of non-strategic nuclear weapons and proceed in close consultation with allies in Europe and Asia in doing so.
Take nuclear weapons off high-alert status to reduce the risk of launching by error; make deep reductions in strategic nuclear weapons; place all non-strategic nuclear weapons in centralized storage; and withdraw all such weapons from foreign soil.
One expert on this subject has recently reminded us that "for fifty years non-strategic nuclear weapons have been the main source of the crises, accidents, and diplomatic contretemps associated with weapons of mass destruction.
Controlling Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons distills the fruits of their deliberations into 14 essays that address problems, objectives, and solutions related to NSNWs.
However, the denials appeared to leave open the possibility that non-strategic nuclear weapons have been stored in the enclave for some time.