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China may fill these out eventually but in the interim, when they are not all filled out, would The US be able to distinguish with certainty which silos are filled and which aren't and would we have to commit to destroying all of these no matter what ? If that is the case then The US has to commit maybe twice the number of warheads to all of the silos, if you are the US this forces you to re-think nuclear planning.
The procedure for nuclear launch authority grants POTUS the sole authority to order the launch of nuclear weapons, none are, contrary to popular belief, in the nuclear launch chain of command. Therefore any 'safeguards' that could effectively prevent POTUS from exercising sole authority to launch nuclear weapons are either illegal or illusory.
North Korea has had a decade-long nuclear testing sequence where they have presumably learned a lot about designs, they probably do not need full blown tests to go into serial production of warheads. And they can improve components and perfect designs with subcritical and hydrodynamic tests which we wouldn't be able to monitor or detect.
Its command and control structure while Kim is traveling is unlikely to be robust enough for him to be able to reliably issue or stop launch sequences.
Found on Reuters 5 years ago
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