US reveals vast nuclear arsenal for first time

The United States government revealed it has 5,113 warheads in its vast nuclear arsenal, a first-ever disclosure the Obama administration.

US reveals vast nuclear arsenal for first time

The United States government revealed Monday it has 5,113 warheads in its vast nuclear arsenal, a first-ever disclosure the Obama administration.

In Prague last month, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed a new arms reduction deal committing each country to slash the number of nuclear weapons to 1,550 within seven years of the treaty coming into force.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking on the opening day of a United Nations conference reviewing the 40-year-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, said, "the United States and Russia, together, we have more than 95 per cent of the nuclear weapons in the world. We have enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world many times over,"

According to the Pentagon, America's current nuclear weapons arsenal is down 84 per cent from a high of 31,225 warheads it maintained as recently as 1967.

The country has several thousand more "retired" warheads already scheduled to be dismantled, officials said.

Word about the size of the U.S. arsenal came on a day of heated rhetoric between the U.S. and Iran over its uranium-enrichment program.

The Iranian president has criticised the United States for threatening to use nuclear weapons and dismissed claims that his country is trying to develop them.

"Regrettably, the government of the United States has not only used nuclear weapons but also continues to threaten to use such weapons against other countries, including Iran," Ahmadinejad said, prompting delegates from the US, France and the UK to stage a walkout.

Saying there was "not a single credible proof" to support claims that his country was developing nuclear weapons, Ahmadinejad added that having atomic weapons was "disgusting and shameful, and even more shameful is the threat to use or to use such weapons".

Agencies

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