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nuclear option

1. The use of nuclear weapons, as by the military, often considered a last resort. I'm worried about the repercussions if our military officials choose the nuclear option.
2. In the US Senate, a course of action allowing the majority party to end filibustering with a simple majority, rather than the usually required supermajority of 60%. Senators could, however, use the nuclear option to approve that nomination.
3. An especially drastic decision or action. Calling the CEO about this issue is definitely the nuclear option—let's see what we can do on our own first.
See also: nuclear, option
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Even perennially pacifist Japan didn't participate in negotiations, a telling sign the country is keeping its nuclear options open in the age of Kim Jong Un.
Cheaper nuclear options to Trident exist and money saved could be invested in soldiers, warplanes and ships - all of which the Tories have sacked, scrapped or sunk.
SIR - The Archdruid warns Carwyn against the nuclear option (Western Mail, Wednesday, August 8) but maybe more nuclear options are just what the Welsh economy needs.
The kingdom is weighing up nuclear options from various countries including Russia, a French diplomatic source told Reuters, asking not to be identified.
Andrew Duff, chief executive of npower, said: "We are serious and committed to progressing new nuclear options.
Prime Minister John Howard of the ruling Liberal Party of Australia is a keen supporter of nuclear power as a ''clean and green'' tool to combat climate change and recently commissioned a study into the country's nuclear options.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday a classified Pentagon report reviewing nuclear options was simply 'sound, military conceptual, planning' and not a precursor to any imminent action.
India has long said it wants to keep its nuclear options open, though in the test ban negotiations it has waged its opposition in the form of more technical objections.
com/homenews/senate/326929-senators-fear-fallout-of-nuclear-option) nuclear option .
Earlier this year long-standing concerns about the safety of the nuclear option resurfaced after three studies highlighted possible links to childhood leukaemia.
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