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NATO’s nuclear weapons – a dilemma for Europe

some NATO members — most vocally Germany — have advocated the withdrawal of the weapons, which polls show are unpopular among the populations of their host countries.
Nuclear Bombs: NATO Ponders How to Handle Its Stockpile – TIME, By Eben Harrell / London , Oct. 07, 2010 Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2024161,00.html#ixzz124aF8v3d

“……….while 21st century dangers such as terrorism, piracy, cyberwarfare and rogue nuclear states should be the focus of attention in the run-up to the summit, it’s an anachronism that is causing the biggest disagreement: what to do with NATO’s tactical nuclear weapons.The U.S. stores an estimated 200 B-61 thermonuclear gravity bombs in five European countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. The bombs are considered tactical or battlefield nukes —……

some NATO members — most vocally Germany — have advocated the withdrawal of the weapons, which polls show are unpopular among the populations of their host countries. But Poland and some Baltic nations have expressed concern that rolling back NATO nuclear deployments could undermine the idea of collective security on which the alliance is premised; analysts say they view Russia with suspicion and feel their safety is best guaranteed by a nuclear deterrent spread out among NATO states.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2024161,00.html#ixzz124a4WmPo

Nuclear Bombs: NATO Ponders How to Handle Its Stockpile – TIME

October 11, 2010 - Posted by | EUROPE, weapons and war | , , , ,

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