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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 United States stored 12,000 nuclear weapons and components in at least 23 countries and 5 American territories during the cold war, according to an article based on a recently declassified document. The sites included Morocco, Japan, Iceland, Puerto Rico and Cuba.
Originally posted by Misoir
We can't let the Iranians build advance their nuclear power plant! They might acquire 1 nuclear weapon some day!!!
Originally posted by Skid Mark
Should we trust those numbers? I don't think they'd let the enemy know how many they really have.
Active warheads are those ready to be used within a short period of time, while inactive warheads are maintained but have key parts removed from them, the official said.