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UNA-UK launches report on Tactical Nuclear Weapons
It is a seldom-remarked fact that, 22 years after the end of the Cold War, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) still deploys scores of nuclear weapons on the territory of five Allied nations in Europe: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey. With relatively small-yield warheads and with ranges shorter than both intercontinental-range land-based and submarine-launched weapons, or intermediate-range weapons, these weapons are commonly referred to as tactical or theatre nuclear weapons. Seen by many as obsolete, they remain, however, a central component of NATO’s strategic defence. They also represent a strong point of diplomatic contention between the United States and its NATO Allies, and the Russian Federation.