The United States has revealed the details of its nuclear weapons for the first time in four years. The country has 3,750 nuclear warheads in its stockpile, an 88% decrease from its maximum number of 31,255 in 1967. The State Department said 2,000 nuclear warheads are waiting to be dismantled.
The number of nuclear warheads stood at 3,805 a year earlier and 3,785 in 2018.
The US also dismantled 11,683 nuclear warheads from 1994 to 2020, including 711 nuclear warheads since September 30, 2017.
In 2010, the Obama administration revealed the US had 5,113 nuclear warheads in the stockpile as of September 30, 2009. According to data released in 2015, the US had 4,717 nuclear warheads in the stockpile as of September 2014.
The release of the “Transparency in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile” fact sheet comes as the Joe Biden administration prepares for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference, where the US and other nuclear powers who are party to the Treaty will review each signatory’s disarmament commitments.
“Increasing the transparency of states’ nuclear stockpiles is important to nonproliferation 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 said in a statement.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden said that the US doesn’t need new nuclear weapons and that his “administration will work to maintain a strong, credible deterrent while reducing our reliance and excessive expenditure on nuclear weapons.”
The Trump administration released America’s stockpile number in March 2018, saying the total was 3,822 as of September 2017. It subsequently refused to share updated numbers and denied a request by the Federation of American Scientists to declassify them.