But then, does the "nuclear button" exist?



Trump has boasted of having a "bigger" one than Kim Jong-un's, but it does not really exist: what is the procedure for a nuclear attack


After watching a video in which North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un boasted of having a nuclear button on his desk, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he had a "bigger" and "more powerful" one. It's not true, like many of the things Trump says: such a button does not exist - the procedure for starting a nuclear attack is much more complex - and the only button Trump has on the desk we know of serves to order a Coke There.
We do not know if the procedure that would allow Kim Jong-un to order a nuclear attack is so simple, but the one in force in the United States does not provide a button.
According to what is known , in every place that visits outside the White House the US president is accompanied by an official who has the task of carrying a briefcase - also called  nuclear football  - which contains the  black book , ie a list of objectives ready to use for a possible nuclear attack, and in some cases the actual codes, which are written on a plastic card that is more or less the same as a credit card (also called "the cookie").
The "cookie" contains a code that the president must communicate in the event of an attack: first to the assembled General Staff, that is to the body that includes the heads of each of the armed forces, then to the operational command of the Department of Defense, then to the Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), that is the center that materially oversees the nuclear arsenal.
The procedure to start a nuclear attack is however quite immediate: it would not last a few seconds, as if there were a button, but only a few minutes. If one morning Trump woke up with the idea of ​​striking all North Korean targets indicated by intelligence and materially giving the order, no one would have the authority to stop it. At most some official could refuse to execute orders: in that case, however, would be a crime of treason, and the president could fire him and pass the order to his deputy. Time ago the  Washington Post  had explained  that the refusal of various officials to execute such an order would certainly slow down the execution of the order, but it would not prevent it.

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