Tuesday 11 June 2013 - 10:14

US nuclear bombs stored in Netherlands: former PM

Story Code : 272530
Former Dutch prime minister, Ruud Lunners
Former Dutch prime minister, Ruud Lunners
The Dutch daily, De Telegraaf, said on Monday that Lubbers confirmed that the American nuclear bombs have been kept in underground strong-rooms at the Volkel Air Base in Brabant.
Lubbers, Netherlands’ PM from 1982-94, made the revelations in a National Geographic documentary.
He has become the first senior Dutch official to admit the issue, as the presence of the nuclear bombs on Dutch territory has long been rumored.
    "I would never have thought those silly things would still be there in 2013," Lubbers said, adding, "I think they are an absolutely pointless part of a tradition in military thinking," he added.
The Dutch newspaper said the bombs are B61 nuclear weapons, which were developed in the US in 1960s, adding that they are about four times as powerful as the bombs used on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.