What constrained the Super Powers to go for a full-fledged war inspite of having nuclear weapons?
Both superpowers were aware of their nuclear power; however, they believed in the logic of deterrence. This means that both sides have a capacity to retaliate against each after, and each side has the capacity to ruin the other to such an extent that no country can initiate a war. Thus, this deterrence relationship prevents war but not the rivalry between powers.
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