The US State Department has revealed how many nuclear warheads there are in the US arsenal. According to the Ministry of Diplomacy, in September 2020 their number was 3750. The disclosure of this data is a departure from the policy of the previous President Donald Trump, who decided to keep them secret.
The U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal is smaller than in 2019, when the number of warheads was 3,850. In 2003, it exceeded 10,000, and in 1967 – when it was the highest – it was 31,255.
The director of the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists think tank, Hans Kristensen, said disclosure of information about nuclear weapons will facilitate US diplomats negotiations on weapons of mass destruction and talks at the non-proliferation treaty conference scheduled for February 2022 .
The US wants to extend the deal with the Russians
The Joe Biden administration announced in February that it would extend the 2010 deal with Russia to restrict strategic arms New START for five years.
It is to ensure – as the head of US diplomacy Antony Blinken explained at the time – that Russia’s verifiable compliance with the limits on the deployment of intercontinental missiles, SLBM missiles (launched from submarines) and heavy bombers by February 5, 2026.
US President Joe Biden announced on January 21, the day after taking office, that he would try to extend the deal with the Russians. Trump in October 2020 rejected a Russian proposal to extend the treaty for a year without any conditions. At that time, the White House demanded that the modernization of the Russian arsenal of nuclear warheads be suspended.
The New START Agreement (on further reduction and limitation of offensive strategic arms) was signed in April 2010 in Prague by the then US and Russian presidents, Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev. It entered into force in February 2011. It assumes a significant reduction of missiles and nuclear warheads on both sides. It also allows 18 inspections of military facilities per year
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