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Nagasaki center: US nuclear stance inconsistent via NHK World Japan

A research center in western Japan has called the US nuclear stance inconsistent as the country works to modernize its arsenal while pressing North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Nagasaki University’s Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition released its latest report on Wednesday. It’s based on information gathered from governments and research institutes around the world.

The center estimates there were about 14,450 nuclear warheads worldwide at the beginning of this month. That’s down 450 from a year earlier.

The center believes Russia and the US have 6,850 and 6,450 warheads, respectively. Together they make up more than 90 percent of the global total.

The center estimates North Korea has 10 to 20 nuclear warheads based on its 6 nuclear tests so far.

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They are calling for the creation of a system to verify a state of complete denuclearization and a security framework in Northeast Asia.

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