Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Powers Modernize Their Arsenals

Nobody is giving up their nukes


All five legally recognised nuclear states as defined by the non-proliferation treaty – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – are either deploying new nuclear weapons and delivery systems or plan to do so, according to a leading international research organization, The Guardian reported.

The countries "appear determined to retain their nuclear arsenals indefinitely", says the latest yearbook published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri).

At the start of 2013, eight states – the US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel – possessed approximately 4,400 operational nuclear weapons. Nearly 2,000 of these are kept in a state of high operational alert. If all nuclear warheads are counted, these states together possess a total of approximately 17,265 nuclear weapons, says the Sipri report.

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  1. But if a nuclear state would not use its nuclear weapons because of resistance from its citizens, doesn’t that make MAD policies (Mutual Assured Destruction) a waste of money?

    The “powers that be” don’t seem to have realized that the threat of nuclear attack from another state has receeded, and the modern threat is internet espionage. Why would you decimate a country with nuclear attack when you can steal its industrial secrets instead? Far more productive, as China well knows.

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