04/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nuclear Posture Review: Obama Rethinking U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

As President Obama begins making final decisions on a broad new nuclear strategy for the United States, senior aides say he will permanently reduce America's arsenal by thousands of weapons. But the administration has rejected proposals that the United States declare it would never be the first to use nuclear weapons, aides said.

Mr. Obama's new strategy -- which would annul or reverse several initiatives by the Bush administration -- will be contained in a nearly completed document called the Nuclear Posture Review, which all presidents undertake. Aides said Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will present Mr. Obama with several options on Monday to address unresolved issues in that document, which have been hotly debated within the administration.

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