Nuclear Belgium

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I had no idea, but Belgium is one of five countries that host US nuclear weapons on its territory (the other four are Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey). There are 20 nuclear bombs sitting in Kleine Brogel airbase, and Belgian airforce crews have been trained to deliver the nuclear payloads.

Belgium signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty which pledges "not to receive the transfer ... of nuclear weapons or other nuclear
explosive devices or of control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly" and the US pledged "... not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly". Apparently this is legally okay, since the US states that it won't officially transfer the nuclear weapons until nuclear war is declared, at which point the nuclear non-proliferation treaty becomes void. Completely violates the intent of the treaty, of course.
lamadude says:
Officially "we don't know" whether there are nukes at Kleine Brogel, but nearly every defense minister has unintentionally mentioned them at some point in their career, so it's kind of a public secret.

There have been many protests over the years in belgium against these weapons, but it doesn't seem such a hot topic anymore as a couple of years ago.

Btw, belgium assisting the US in its nuclear weapons policies is nothing new, the plutonium used for the very first nuclear weapons tests and for the bomb on hiroshima was supplied by belgium to the US. (it came from the belgian congo)
Posted on: Dec 13, 2009
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