Washington. For the first time in four years, the US has given information about the number of nuclear weapons it has. This is the first time since the departure of former President Donald Trump that the US State Department has made public the number of weapons. Trump banned the disclosure of nuclear weapons figures.
It has been told by the US State Department that as of 30 September 2020, the US military has 3,750 active and inactive nuclear weapons. This number is 55 weapons less than the year 2019 and 77 weapons since the year 2017. At the same time, these figures show that even after the Cold War with Russia in 1967, this number has decreased. At that time, the US had a total of 31,255 nuclear weapons.
These figures have been released by the US State Department as part of efforts in which President Joe Biden wants to start talks with Russia on arms control again. Such talks were banned during Trump’s tenure. The State Department has also issued an official statement. It said, ‘Increasing transparency with the US about nuclear weapons is very important for disarmament and stopping the expansion of weapons.’
Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear treaty with Iran. At the same time, the US also withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia during Trump’s tenure. Apart from this, the US had also refused to accept another sensitive New Start treaty with Russia. This agreement on rockets will end on 5 February 2022.
Biden had put a new proposal
New Start is the treaty after which both the US and Russia agreed to control the number of their nuclear weapons. Its end simply means that both the countries will again be engaged in increasing the stock of nuclear weapons. Trump had said that he wanted a deal in which China would also be involved. Whereas if we talk about China, then the nuclear weapons it has are very less compared to America and Russia. (with agency input)