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follow international law
Reckless attitude All forces must follow basic international law on security. Several provisions have been made in this law, but there is no treaty mandating their compliance. Not only this, only a few countries have voluntarily adopted this law. Furthermore, there is no precise definition of a “safe” speed or distance. New technologies—such as drones and other technology—add another level of irregular complexity. Missile Tests Few things are as terrifying as a missile approaching or passing over another country without consent or warning.
The threat of nuclear attack arose earlier also
Apart from some voluntary UN rules, the only other binding missile notification agreement is between Russia and China. China and the US do not share launch notification information directly, unlike other nuclear powers. Some countries, such as North Korea and Iran, also violate missile sanctions directly imposed on them by the United Nations Security Council. The military needs to practice war games and communication systems, but this practice becomes risky when the practice looks like an actual attack.
North Korea is a recent example, but there have been large-scale confrontations in the past that have raised the risk of nuclear attack. For example, in 1983, during a tense time of the Cold War, a misinterpretation of military intelligence led to the US applying the highest nuclear threat level. There is no international law in this regard, which can enable leaders to communicate directly, quickly and continuously.
(Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato)