U.S. has More Than 5,000 Nuke Warheads

The United States, one of the top promoters of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, has more than 5,000 nuke warheads in its arsenal. The Pentagon released a statement revealing for the first time the extent of the U.S. nuclear weapons on the same day that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sparred with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly over the issue of nuclear proliferation.

The Pentagon said the current number of U.S. nuclear warheads is significantly down from its peak of 31,225 in 1967. The 5,113 warheads currently under the control of the military exclude thousands others that are now waiting for dismantlement.

Some analysts believe that the revelation could have a negative impact on the United States, as other nations might focus more on the remaining number of warheads rather than on those that have been retired or dismantled. The Pentagon claims to have dismantled close to 9,000 warheads from 1994 to 2009.