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Allies Call for Withdrawal of US Tactical Nuclear Weapons From Europe

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Max Bergmann reports:

This month five European foreign ministers from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, and Luxembourg called on NATO to take steps to remove US tactical nuclear weapons from European soil. The US has between 150 and 225 nuclear gravity bombs – which are essentially old-school dumb bombs – that are simply dropped on their targets. These nuclear weapons are relics from the Cold War when the NATO alliance feared they would need to use nuclear weapons to stop advancing Soviet forces on the battlefield.

Seems sensible enough to me. At this point the main function these weapons serve is as a kind of minor security risk—dangerous objects that in principle could be lost or stolen and serve no particular defensive purpose.

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