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Exclamation These are the 9 countries in the world that have the most nuclear warheads

These are the 9 countries in the world that have the most nuclear warheads
By: Thomas Chenel, Ruqayyah Moynihan, Business Insider France - 6-20-19
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Together, the US and Russia collectively hold 90% of the world's nuclear weapons.

- Nuclear-armed countries are collectively in possession of 13,865 warheads, according to a report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

- There has been an overall decrease in the number of nuclear weapons in the world, which may be related to the fact that Russia and the US signed the New START Treaty in April 2010.

- While the number of nuclear weapons in the world has dropped since last year, those that remain are highly sophisticated and therefore potentially more destructive.

In total, nuclear-armed countries are currently in possession of 13,865 warheads, according to a report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Though that may seem a lot, it's still 600 fewer than at the beginning of 2018.

While the number of nuclear weapons in the world decreased in early 2019 compared to last year, those that remain are highly sophisticated and therefore potentially more destructive.

"A key finding is that despite an overall decrease in the number of nuclear warheads in 2018, all nuclear weapon-possessing states continue to modernize their nuclear arsenals," said former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board.

Together, the US and Russia collectively hold 90% of the world's nuclear weapons — the overall decrease in the number of nuclear weapons across the board would seem to be related, in particular, to the fact that the two powers signed the New START Treaty in April 2010, which aims to limit further resources in strategic offensive weapons.

In contrast with this, Russia and the US have simultaneously launched large and expensive programs to replace and modernize their warheads, missile launch systems, and nuclear weapons production facilities.

Of the 13,865 nuclear weapons estimated by Sipri in 2019 worldwide, 3,750 are deployed with task forces and nearly 2,000 of them are maintained on high operational alert, according to the Institute, which was founded in 1966.

While the number of atomic weapons has dropped sharply since the mid-1980s — it was almost 70,000 at the time, according to La Tribune— there's still a considerable number of weapons throughout the world, and they still pose a serious risk of nuclear war one day.

Scroll down for a list of the nations with the most nuclear warheads.

9. North Korea — 20 to 30 nuclear warheads. North Korea has increased its arsenal, which was at roughly 10 to 20 nuclear warheads in 2018.

8. Israel — 80 to 90 nuclear warheads. Israel was in possession of 80 nuclear warheads last year, so their stockpile is relatively stable.

7. India — 130 to 140 nuclear warheads. In 2018, India had the same amount of nuclear warheads as it currently has.

6. Pakistan — 150 to 160 nuclear warheads. As of last year, Pakistan had between 140 and 150 nuclear warheads, which has increased slightly in 2019.

5. China — 290 nuclear warheads. China had 280 nuclear warheads in 2018, which has increased a little this year.

4. United Kingdom — 200 nuclear warheads, 120 of which have been deployed. In 2018, the UK had 215 nuclear warheads.

3. France — 300 nuclear warheads, 280 of which have been deployed. The number of nuclear warheads in France has remained the same since last year.

2. United States — 6,185 nuclear warheads, 1,750 of which have been deployed. The US was in possession of 6,450 nuclear warheads in 2018.

1. Russia — 6,500 nuclear warheads, 1,600 of which have been deployed. In 2018, Russia was in possession of roughly 6,850 nuclear warheads.

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