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US says it has 5,113 nuclear warheads

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says the U.S. maintains 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and "several thousand" more retired nukes that await dismantling.

Monday's announcement marked the first time the Pentagon has officially disclosed the number. The U.S. has previously regarded such details as top secret.

A senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says the size of the stockpile represents a 75 percent reduction since 1989.

The release coincides with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's address to a United Nations conference checking up on efforts to contain the spread of nuclear weapons around the world.

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