Some of Our Nukes Kept ... in the Netherlands

22 bombs held at air base: ex-PM Ruud Lubbers
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
Netherlands Storing Nukes for Us: Ex-PM
The Netherlands is storing nuclear weapons for the US, says an ex-prime minister.   (Shutterstock)

Rumors have long circulated that the Netherlands stores US nuclear bombs—and a former prime minister says they're true. There are 22 US nukes in the country, Ruud Lubbers says, and they're kept underground at an air base. The weapons are said to be 50-kiloton B61 bombs from the 1960s, packing four times the power of the bombs dropped on Japan. "I would never have thought those silly things would still be there in 2013," Lubbers said in a National Geographic documentary. "I think they are an absolutely pointless part of a tradition in military thinking." WikiLeaks documents pointed to the weapons in 2010, the BBC notes. (More nuclear weapons stories.)

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