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'Illegal nuclear launch order can be refused'

'Illegal nuclear launch order can be refused'

While a top US nuclear military commander made global headlines over the weekend after he stated plainly on Saturday that he would resist any order from President Donald Trump that he deemed "illegal", including an unlawful directive to carry out a nuclear strike, experts warn that individual objections such as that could be overcome by a commander-in-chief determined to launch an attack. Then that door shut in his face, and John Kelly was the grownup-in-chief, until we realized that someone who thinks the Civil War stemmed from a failure to compromise probably isn't the fount of mature wisdom the Trump administration needs. "When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?"

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

The comments came after U.S. senators questioned what authority Trump had to go to war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or terminate worldwide agreements, as tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs grows.

He added: "If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail". "He'll tell me what to do, and if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? You could go to jail for the rest of your life". Hyten heads US Strategic Command, which is responsible for American cyber capabilities and missile defense, in addition to nuclear weapons. "It's not that complicated", Hyten said, as quoted by the CBS News broadcaster. General John Hyten told the Halifax Security Forum in response to a question about the conversation he would have with the president on a potential strike.

Hyten said he has been trained every year for decades in the law of armed conflict, which takes into account specific factors to determine legality - necessity, distinction, proportionality, unnecessary suffering and more.

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President Trump has not publicly commented on General Hyten's remarks.

Trump has traded insults and threats with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and threatened in his maiden United Nations address to "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people if it threatened the United States.

The comments come amid heightened tensions between the USA and North Korea, with inflammatory comments issued from both sides. "That's the element of deterrence that has to be clear, and it is clear", Hyten said.