31 Ekim 2017 Salı
North Korean Nukes? Turkey Has 50
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(Milliyet Newspaper, 31 October 2017)
Turkey is sort of the clueless North Korea. No nuclear flexing here.
With the tension between the U.S. and North Korean over the latter's
nuclear weapons program simmering, the Turkish Parliament (TBMM)
is looking into the distribution of nuclear weapons throughout the world.
According to the TBMM's July 2017 report, there are approximately
15,000 nuclear weapons in 14 countries. Of these, 9,400 are in military
depots, while the remainder are awaiting destruction.
Some 4,500 nuclear weapons are ready for use at any moment and 1,800
of these are on a high alert status. Russia and the U.S. account for 93%
of the nuclear weapons, with the remainder in the hands of the UK, France,
China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea.
With regard to the nuclear weapons in Turkey, the TBMM report stated that
"there are about 150 American nuclear weapons at 6 air bases in Belgium,
Germany, Italy, Holland and Turkey." Five of the nuclear weapons states
are signators of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and three are not - India,
Pakistan and Israel. North Korea withdrew from the pact in 2003. Russia
has 7,000 nuclear weapons, the U.S. 6,800, France 300, China 260, UK
215, Pakistan 130, India 120, Israel 80 and North Korea 10.
The U.S. nuclear weapons in NATO countries were put in place during
the Cold War. The 50 nuclear bombs currently at Incirlik Air Base in
Adana, Turkey, are the 'B61' type, according to information produced by
the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). 'Jupiter' nuclear-tipped
rockets were positioned in Turkey from 1961 to 1963 but were
removed after the Cuban Missile Crisis between the U.S. and Russia in
the early 1960s.
An imagined view of Adana on an upcoming Sunday afternoon.