- noting, pertaining to, or using nuclear forces capable of withstanding attack and retaliating after an adversary has launched a first strike.
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“To have a second-strike capability against India would give Pakistan a huge benefit,” he told me.Iran's Nuclear Domino Effect
January 2, 2011
- (of a nuclear weapon) intended to be used in a counterattack in response to a nuclear attack
- (of a strategy) based on the concept of surviving an initial nuclear attack with enough nuclear weaponry to retaliate
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