US General Says He'd Resist 'Illegal' Nuclear Strike Order From Trump

US General Trump's Nuclear Launch Order Can be Refused If Illegal

President Donald Trump's history of unpredictable and volatile behaviour has raised concerns that he could unilaterally order an unnecessary nuclear attack - an issue recently debated by members of the US Senate.

Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command - also known as STRATCOM - said at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Saturday that he has thought about what he would do if Trump gave an order that was illegal - and he knows exactly how he would react.

Hyten said though that if the "illegal" command did come, they would go through a process to find a better solution. "When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?" I'm going to say, "Mr. President, that's illegal".

The comments come as the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea remains a serious concern and Trump's critics question his temperament.

Some parts of the USA administration have, however, said it is impossible for the White House to accept the prospect of the emergence of credible North Korean nuclear weapons.

"I provide advice to the president, he'll tell me what to do". He's going to say, "What would be legal?"

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According to CBS News, Hyten explained his expertise in military law and the laws of global armed conflicts. Even if his military advisors and the entire cabinet are against him, the president could still legally order our nuclear forces to attack, so the concept of an "illegal" order to launch is nearly unfathomable. You could go to jail for the rest of your life, ' he explained.

Trump has previously made strong and provocative comments on North Korea and Kim Jong Un.

Hyten said he's talked it over with Trump.

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

CBS said Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the US nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

Trump has also criticized China for not standing up to North Korea. "In a more limited or targeted attack circumstance, where the danger is still high but we would not face the same "use them or lose them" pressure we faced during the Cold War, it is possible and would be wise for the president to consult Congress before the profound decision to use nuclear weapons".

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