Britain's new government revealed May 26 the planned size of its nuclear weapons stockpile, saying it will not exceed 225 warheads.
In an announcement that comes near the end of a U.N. non-proliferation conference in New York, it said it will retain up to 160 operationally available warheads.
"We believe that the time is now right to be more open about the weapons we hold," Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament.
"We judge that this will assist in building a climate of trust between nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states and contribute therefore to future efforts to reduce the number of nuclear weapons worldwide."
Previous announcements have acknowledged the existence of a margin above the operationally available warheads, but have not set out its size.
The U.N. nuclear non-proliferation review conference in New York is due to close on May 28.
The U.S. and France have previously made similar announcements of their total stockpile numbers.
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