May 4th, 2010

The United States revealed for the first time Monday that it has a total of 5,113 nuclear warheads, an unprecedented move meant to bolster arms control efforts.

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“It is in our national security interest to be as transparent as we can be about the nuclear program of the United States,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as the Pentagon unveiled figures long shrouded in secrecy.

“We think that builds confidence, brings more people to an understanding of what President (Barack) Obama and this administration are trying to do,” she said at a conference in New York on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The symbolic step was timed to add momentum to the non-proliferation conference and comes after the United States and Russia agreed to new reductions in nuclear weapons.

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