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World’s nuclear warheads: USA and Russia reducing them

Atomic-Bomb-Smantinuke-worldSmNuclear slashed Today the number of nuclear weapons has been dramatically reduced – down by nearly three quarters to 17,000, according to data from the Federation of American Scientists. Bombs away! How have nuclear stockpiles changed since 1983? ”….Channel 4 News looks at the size of atomic arsenals now. 1 Aug 13

 In 1983, the five states that had signed up to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) of 1978   – the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China) had an estimated 60,000 nuclear warheads between them…………..The reason for the fall is huge cuts in the arsenals belonging to the two largest nuclear powers, the US and Russia. During a speech in Berlin in June, President Barack Obama called for further cuts to nuclear stockpiles – and said the US would work with Russia to achieve this goal.

Some 4,000 of Russia’s 8,500 warheads and 3,000 of the United States’ 7,700 warheads are currently waiting to be dismantled.

Unknown elements

More difficult to quantify, however, are the nuclear arsenals of non-NPT members such as North Korea and Pakistan.

The Federation of American Scientists estimates that there are less than 320 nuclear warheads across four non-NPT states – Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea.

North Korea, which in February conducted the third nuclear test in its history, is likely to have less than 10 nuclear weapons, figures say.

Israel is estimated to have 80, Pakistan between 100 and 120, and India between 90 and 100.


August 2, 2013 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, weapons and war

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