USA nuclear commander says he would resist 'illegal' order from Trump

USA nuclear commander says he would resist 'illegal' order from Trump

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

"If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail", he said. "When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?"

"I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do", he said. I'm going to say, "Mr. President, that's illegal".

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

"We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests", Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) said.

Although the former STRATCOM commander Robert Kelly attempted to reassure the committee that the United States military would not comply with an order that infringes global law, some USA media responded to the hearing by stoking alarmism.

Hyten heads US Strategic Command, which is responsible for American cyber capabilities and missile defense, in addition to nuclear weapons. "He's going to say, 'What would be legal?'"

Hyten's remarks come after both speculation about the president's mental state and the ongoing possibility of some kind of nuclear exchange between the USA and North Korea, which has already developed nuclear weapons but is still developing longer-range missiles to launch them on. But Hyten said that each year he is retrained in the law of military armed conflict.

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However, Hyten was clear what would happen if an unlawful strike was ordered and executed. You could go to jail for the rest of your life, ' he explained.

Hyten's comments come against the backdrop of Mr. Trump's bombastic comments about North Korea and how he might respond to that regime's nuclear threat.

As the Washington Post emphasized, once it gets to that one-star general, determining what is or is not an illegal order is not really a launch officers' prerogative. Hyten's comments also come as Congress is re-examining the authorization of the use of military force and power to launch a nuclear strike.

Hyten said the US can defend itself against North Korea's nuclear threats.

The comment was received poorly by the North Korean leader, who later announced that Trump deserved the death penalty for such remarks.

"And we are ready every minute of every day to respond to any event that comes out of North Korea".

But Hyten also said handling North Korea and its unpredictable leader Kim Jong Un has to be an global effort.

Trump has continued to put pressure on China to help manage its communist neighbor, and tweeted after returning that things were looking up.

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