U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe

German Bundestag

  • Hans M. Kristensen, Consultant, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • 27 pages
  • February 25, 2005


The mission

Three main reason used for retaining U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe:

  • Russia could turn bad and still has a lot of nonstrategic nuclear weapons
  • Symbol of continued U.S. commitment to NATO: provides trans-Atlantic glue
  • Other countries on NATO’s southern periphery are developing weapons of mass destruction

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