Trump's defence department forced to correct geographical errors in nuclear report

US defence department forced to correct geographical errors in nuclear report

The errors were first spotted by The Japan Times

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The US defence department in the US has had to correct some rather glaring errors in its Nuclear Posture Review as countries were labelled incorrectly.

The department had included Taiwan as a part of China and also used the Kuril islands in a chart about Russia, according to CNN.

The mistake over Taiwan was first reported by The Japan Times, resulting in the report being removed from the Department Of Defense website.

A draft of the document which was not released into the public domain also pictured the North Korean flag over both the North and South. It was changed before the official version was unveiled.

The Pentagon has claimed the images were added just two weeks before the report was published.

The document itself has a focus on holding nuclear weapons to deter nuclear action from Russia. It said: "Russia considers the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to be the principal threats to its contemporary geopolitical ambitions."

But the Pentagon insists whilst the report wants to maintain a nuclear deterrence it also encourages nuclear weapon control.

Donald Trump has responded to the report by saying "the strategy develops capabilities aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely.

"Importantly, it reaffirms our commitment to arms control and nuclear non-proliferation, maintains the moratorium on nuclear testing, and commits to improving efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism."