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Washington (CNN) -- The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and many thousands more that have been retired and are awaiting dismantling, according to a senior defense official.
The release of the number of warheads marks only the second time in U.S. history the government has released the once top secret information.
Originally posted by nickoli
What in the world are they thinking revealing that type of info? Geez there are reasons this information should be top secret. Can anybody give me any good reason why we would reveal this info? Grrrr,dirty word, dirty word, stupid idiots.
Originally posted by keepureye2thesky
Are there even 5,113 potential targets?
We are a scared bunch of individuals.
Originally posted by IMChicago
Didnt anyone realize that Russia has just about 2x as many nukes as the USA? The wiki page that was linked earlier in the thread clearly points it out.
The reason they disclosed the number of US nukes is because they are trying to get other countries to reduce their nuclear inventory. (Thats what there telling us anyway)
Also, does anyone here really think that every nuclear weapon that the USA has is included in that number? Nobody thinks we may have more than the 5+thousand that was claimed? I do.
The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and many thousands more that have been retired and are awaiting dismantling, according to a senior defense official.
UNITED NATIONS (May 3) -- The U.S. delegation walked out of a United Nations conference on nuclear nonproliferation during a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in which he asserted Iran's right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes and slammed Western powers, especially the U.S., for allowing Israel to maintain undeclared nuclear weapons.
"One of the gravest injustices committed by the nuclear weapon states is equating nuclear arms with nuclear energy," Ahmadinejad told...