For four years, the information remained a mystery. But Joe Biden’s management has decided to reverse Donald Trump’s decision to classify US nuclear arsenal figures as a “security secret.” On Tuesday, October 5, Washington revealed that the United States had 3,750 nuclear weapons as of September 30, 2020.
“In order to update the information released in September 2017, the United States is releasing new classified information on the US nuclear arsenal.”, The State Department said in a statement.
“Transparency over the nuclear arsenals of nuclear states is important for proliferation and mitigation efforts, including the ratification of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.” (NPT), adding US diplomacy.
Since September 30, 2017, the United States has been continuously modernizing its nuclear arsenal, removing 711 nuclear weapons, but reducing their total number to 72, according to new official figures.
The 3,750 nuclear weapons in the United States represent an 88% reduction in the United States’ nuclear arsenal.
2,000 additional heads are waiting to be removed
The U.S. Arsenal’s official count includes active (active and used, or fast-used) and passive (inactive and depot) heads, but they are not called “withdrawn” heads. Therefore, about 2,000 nuclear weapons waiting to be removed must be added.
The figures come as the Biden administration reached an agreement with Russia to set up a task force on future weapons control measures for the two major nuclear powers.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (CIPRI), whose figures include so-called “withdrawn” nuclear weapons, said there were 6,255 nuclear weapons in Russia by January 2021, up from 5,550 in the United States and 350 in China.