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Plans to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal are fueling a new arms race

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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California in February, 2016.   © Reuters

President Barack Obama wants his visit to Hiroshima, Japan, to be remembered as a sign of his commitment to a nuclear-free world -- a bold pledge that helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

That year, the Nobel Committee cited the U.S. leader's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy" and his "vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."

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