Moscow, Russian Federation
RUSSIAN MOBILE NUCLEAR MISSILE FILE PHOTO.
FILE PHOTO SEP96 - Russia published a revamped national security concept January 14 that makes clear Moscow has lowered the threshold for using nuclear weapons to counter what it sees as a growing military threat. Under a previous draft, Russia reserved to the right to use its arsenal only if its very existence was threatened. Under the new version, Acting President Putin now envisages the potential use of atomic weapons "to repel armed aggression", a much less specific term. Russian officers take off the camouflage covering from a "Topol-12M" mobile nuclear missile at a strategic forces base near the central Russian city of Yoshkar-Ola.