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May 3,2014


Nuclear powers report at NPT preparatory committee



The United States says it has reduced the stockpile of its nuclear warheads by 85 percent since the end of the Cold War.

Delegates from around the world are meeting in New York ahead of the review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty next year.

5 nations--the US, Russia, China, Britain, and France--submitted a report on ways they're scrapping nuclear weapons.

US representative Christopher Buck explained on Friday that the latest figure for warheads was 4,804 as of last September. That's a reduction of more than 300 from the number 4 years earlier.

He underlined the US commitment to the NPT and its effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons which is upheld by President Barack Obama.

He said the US is working to reduce the number of nuclear weapons unilaterally, bilaterally, and multilaterally with negotiations.

Chinese representatives emphasized that their country keeps only those nuclear weapons needed for self defense and that it will not use them against non-nuclear countries. But they did not disclose further details.

Some member nations praised the reports. Others said the very slow progress in nuclear disarmament points to the need for a treaty totally banning nuclear weapons.

May 3, 2014 - Updated 04:39 UTC


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