Saturday 20 January 2018

Dutch still have 22 US Cold War nuclear bombs

Twenty-two American nuclear bombs remain housed in underground bunkers at a Dutch airbase, a Cold War legacy described as "pointless".

Ruud Lubbers, the Dutch prime minister from 1982 to 1994, broke a taboo of European politics by confirming the presence of the weapons at Volkel airbase.

"I would never have thought those silly things would still be there in 2013," Mr Lubbers said. "They are an absolutely pointless part of a tradition in military thinking."

A spokesman for the Royal Dutch Air Force refused to confirm the presence of the weapons, saying that such issues "are never spoken of".

Officials said the weapons are thermonuclear, and are four times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. They are not thought to be kept in immediate operational readiness. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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