WASHINGTON (AP) – Contrary to the Trump administration’s policy, the State Department on Tuesday released the number of nuclear weapons in U.S. stockpiles. It said it would help global efforts to control the proliferation of such weapons.
As of September 2020, the number of U.S. weapons in active position as well as long-term storage was 7,5050, the department said. Which dropped to 3,805 a year ago and 3,785 in 2018.
As of 2003, the total number of U.S. nuclear weapons was over 10,000. It reached 31,255 in 1967.
The last time the U.S. government released its stockpile numbers was in March 2018, when it said the total number as of September 2017 was 3,822. This was in the early days of the Trump administration, which later withheld updated numbers and rejected a request from the Federation of American Scientists to declassify them.
Hans Christensen, director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists, said, “Come back to transparency. He said it was wise for the Biden administration to reverse the policy of the previous administration.
Christensen said the release of the stockpile would help U.S. diplomats in arms control talks and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference next year, which will review the nuclear disarmament pledges signed by the United States.
The Biden administration is conducting a nuclear weapons review and policy review that is due to end early next year.
Speaking at a disarmament conference last February, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, “President Biden has made it clear: The United States has a national security imperative and a moral obligation to reduce and eliminate the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.”
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