WASHINGTON (AP) – In a reversal of the Trump administration’s policy, the State Department on Tuesday disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile. He said it would help global efforts to control the spread of these weapons.
The number of U.S. weapons, including those in active status as well as those in long-term storage, stood at 3,750 as of September 2020, the department said. This is down from 3,805 a year earlier and 3,785 in 2018.
As recently as 2003, America’s nuclear weapons total was just over 10,000. It peaked at 31,255 in 1967.
The last time the US government released its stock number was in March 2018, when it said the total was 3,822 in September 2017. It was at the start of the Trump administration, which subsequently kept the updated figures secret and refused a request from the United States Federation. Scientists to declassify them.
“Back to transparency,” said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists. He said the Biden administration was wise to reverse the policies of the previous administration.
Kristensen said the disclosure of the stockpile number would help U.S. diplomats in arms control negotiations and at next year’s nuclear non-proliferation treaty conference, which will review the disarmament pledge made by the United States. nuclear powers signatories to the treaty, including the United States.
The Biden administration is leading a review of the nuclear weapons position and policy that is expected to be completed early next year.
At the Disarmament Conference last February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “President Biden made it clear: The United States has a national security imperative and a moral responsibility to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.