The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Number of nukes in U.S. stockpile disclosed


WASHINGTON » In a reversal of Trump administra­tion policy, the State Department on Tuesday disclosed the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile. It said this will aid global efforts to control the spread of such weapons.

The number of U.S. weapons, including those in active status as well as those in long-term storage, stood at 3,750 as of September 2020, the department said. That is down from 3,805 a year earlier and 3,785 in 2018. As recently as 2003, the U.S. nuclear weapon total was slightly above 10,000. It peaked at 31,255 in 1967. The last time the U.S. government released its stockpile number was in March 2018, when it said the total was 3,822 as of September 2017. That was early in the Trump administra­tion, which subsequent­ly kept updated numbers secret and denied a request by the Federation of American Scientists to declassifi­ed them.

“Back to transparen­cy,” said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Informatio­n Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

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