(From AFP)

The U.S. government has declassified the fact it held nuclear weapons on Okinawa in Japan during the Cold War, though the matter had long been an open secret.

The U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Base in Ginowan, Okinawa

A Department of Defense website states the Pentagon has declassified “the fact that U.S. nuclear weapons were deployed on Okinawa prior to Okinawa’s reversion to Japan on May 15, 1972.”

The National Security Archive at George Washington University welcomed the disclosure, but pointed to U.S. Air Force photos depicting nuclear weapons on the island that have been publicly available for more than 25 years.

“However welcome the release may be, its significance is somewhat tempered by (that) astonishing fact,” the non-governmental research group said in a statement Friday. Read More

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