This Tuesday (5), the US State Department released, for the first time in four years, a file number of nuclear bombs Stored by the country, after the former president Donald Trump Data control.
On September 30, 2020, the Army . announced United State keep 3750 active and inactive nuclear warhead, 55 less than the previous year and 72 less than the same date in 2017. The number too lowest since the US nuclear arsenal reached its peak at the height of the Cold War1967 when 31,255 warheads were counted.
The US State Department said that “increasing the transparency of countries’ nuclear reserves is important to nonproliferation and disarmament efforts.”
Donald Trump and Putin during the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, in 2019 – Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / AP
Trump also withdrew from another important agreement, namely New Beginning TreatyIt was frozen last year before expiring on February 5th. The document limits the number of nuclear warheads held by Washington and Moscow, and allowing them to expire could have reversed warhead reductions by both countries.
Trump has said he wants a new deal that includes China, which has only a fraction of the warheads of the United States and Russia. Biden, who took office on January 20, immediately proposed a five-year extension of the treaty, which Russian President Vladimir Putin quickly agreed to.
Last week, Russian and US diplomats held closed-door talks in Geneva to begin discussing a treaty to replace New START and limit conventional arms.
According to January 2021 calculations by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which include retired warheads (not included in State Department figures), the United States had 5,550 warheads, compared to 6,255 from Russia, 350 from China, and 225 from Great Britain and 290 from China. France. The institute said that India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea together possess about 460 nuclear warheads.
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