6th October (WNN) — For the first time in four years, the United States on Tuesday disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in its stockpile, saying doing so would aid its nuclear disarmament efforts.
The State Department said in a statement that as of September 30, 2020, the US nuclear stockpile consisted of 3,750 active and passive weapons.
According to a State Department fact sheet, that number shows a decline of 55 warheads compared to the previous year and 72 from September 30, 2017, the last time such data was publicly known.
Since then, the United States has also destroyed 711 nuclear warheads and is waiting to destroy about 2,000 retired weapons, it said.
This disclosure is the first time since March 2018, when the Trump administration released its figures from a year ago.
After that, the Trump administration classified the numbers, despite requests for data from the Federation of American Scientists.
The non-partisan, non-profit policy research and advocacy organization, after receiving a denial in December 2020, said that turning down its request was “contrary to previous US disclosures of such information, reflecting US criticism of privacy in other nuclear-armed states”. undermines and undermines the US’s ability to document its adherence to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”
The State Department said Tuesday the reversal of the Trump administration’s stance was “important to non-proliferation and disarmament efforts, including commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and efforts to address all types of nuclear weapons, including deployed and non-deployed and strategic and non-strategic.”
The State Department stated that the current number of nuclear weapons in the possession of the United States represents a decrease of about 88% from the high of 31,255 warheads at the end of 1967.