State Department discloses number of nukes in US stockpile

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Reversing the policy of the Trump administration, the State Department on Tuesday disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in the US stockpile. It said it would aid global efforts to control the spread of such weapons.

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The number of US weapons with active status as well as long-term storage stood at 3,750 as of September 2020, the department said. This is down from 3,805 a year ago and 3,785 in 2018.

As recently as 2003, the US nuclear warhead total was slightly above 10,000. In 1967 it reached 31,255.


The last time the US government issued its stockpile number was in March 2018, when it said the total was 3,822 as of September 2017. It was early on in the Trump administration, which later kept the updated numbers secret and denied a request by the Federation of Americans. Scientists declassified them.

“Back to transparency,” said Hans Christensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists. He said the Biden administration was wise to reverse the policy of the former administration.

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Christensen said disclosing the stockpile numbers would aid US diplomats in arms control talks and next year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which will review disarmament commitments made by nuclear powers that are signatories to the treaty, including the United States.

The Biden administration is conducting a nuclear weapons posture and policy review that is expected to be completed early next year.

At the disarmament conference last February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “President Biden has made it clear: America has a national security imperative and a moral urgency to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.” responsibility.”


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