“Threatening to use nuclear weapons first makes America less safe because it increases the chances of a miscalculation or an accident. There are no winners in a nuclear war, and the US should never start one — I am glad to reintroduce this bill with Chairman Smith to commit the US to not using nuclear weapons first.”
Senator Warren, sponsor of the No-First-Use Act in the US Senate
On Thursday 15 April 2021, US Representative Adam Smith (Chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (Member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee), introduced the No First Use Act to establish in United States policy and law that the US would not use nuclear weapons as a means of warfare first.
This is one of a number of initiatives to advance No-First-Use (NFU) policies in the US, other nuclear armed states and in US allies (NATO countries, Japan. South Korea and Australia). The adoption of such policies could help to lower the risk of nuclear war and pave the way for nuclear disarmament.
We invite you to join a webinar on Thursday April 29, Nuclear risk-reduction and disarmament: Is it time for no-first-use policies in the USA and globally? The webinar brings together experts from the USA, other nuclear-armed states and key allied countries to discuss the proposals and possibilities for the adoption of NFU policies.