May 03, 2010 11:34
The U.S. government is to reveal the amount of nuclear weapons it owns in the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. Citing U.S. government officials, the paper reported, "The numbers could be released as soon as Monday, when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is to address the NPT Review Conference."
The move aims to demonstrate the will of the Obama administration to realize a world without nuclear weapons after the NPT Review Conference in 2005 collapsed as participating countries accused the Bush administration of not meeting its downsizing obligation. Experts estimate that the U.S. has 9,000 weapons in its nuclear arsenal, of which 5,000 are active and 4,000 due for dismantlement.
This year's NPT Review Conference will be particularly interesting as it is attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose country is being accused of developing nuclear weapons.
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