WASHINGTON (AP) — In a reversal of Trump administration coverage, the State Department on Tuesday disclosed the variety of nuclear weapons within the U.S. stockpile. It mentioned it will help international efforts to manage the unfold of such weapons.
The variety of U.S. weapons, together with these in lively standing in addition to these in long-term storage, stood at 3,750 as of September 2020, the division mentioned. That is down from 3,805 a 12 months earlier and three,785 in 2018.
As not too long ago as 2003, the U.S. nuclear weapon complete was barely above 10,000. It peaked at 31,255 in 1967.
The final time the U.S. authorities launched its stockpile quantity was in March 2018, when it mentioned the overall was 3,822 as of September 2017. That was early within the Trump administration, which subsequently saved up to date numbers secret and denied a request by the Federation of American Scientists to declassified them.
“Back to transparency,” mentioned Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project on the Federation of American Scientists. He mentioned the Biden administration was smart to reverse the prior administration’s coverage.
Kristensen mentioned disclosing the stockpile quantity will help U.S. diplomats in arms management negotiations and at subsequent 12 months’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty convention, which is able to evaluation the disarmament dedication made by nuclear powers who’re treaty signatories, together with the United States.
The Biden administration is conducting a nuclear weapons posture and coverage evaluation that’s anticipated to be accomplished early subsequent 12 months.
At the Conference on Disarmament final February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned, “President Biden has made it clear: the U.S. has a national security imperative and a moral responsibility to reduce and eventually eliminate the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.”