STUDY asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

How many countries are there nuclear weapon?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Nuclear-Weapon States:

    China: 100-200 warheads.

    France: Approximately 350 strategic warheads.

    Russia: 4,237 strategic warheads[1], approximately 2,000-3,000 operational tactical warheads, and approximately 8,000-10,000 stockpiled strategic and tactical warheads.

    United Kingdom: Less than 160 deployed strategic warheads.

    United States: 5,914 strategic warheads[1], approximately 1,000 operational tactical weapons, and approximately 3,000 reserve strategic and tactical warheads.

    Defacto Nuclear-Weapon States:

    India: Up to 100 nuclear warheads.

    Israel: Between 75 to 200 nuclear warheads.

    Pakistan: Up to 60 nuclear warheads

    States of Immediate Proliferation Concern:

    Iran: No known weapons or sufficient fissile material stockpiles to build weapons. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the institution charged with verifying that states are not illicitly building nuclear weapons, concluded in 2003 that Iran had undertaken covert nuclear activities to establish the capacity to indigenously produce fissile material. The IAEA is continuing its investigation and monitoring of Tehran’s nuclear program.

    North Korea: Has separated enough plutonium for up to 12 nuclear warheads.

    Syria: U.S. officials sometimes name Syria as covertly seeking nuclear weapons. Syria has forsworn nuclear weapons as a state-party to the NPT and its nuclear research reactor is subject to IAEA monitoring. In September 2007, Israel conducted an airstrike on what unnamed officials and some analysts allege may have been the construction site of a nuclear research reactor similar to North Korea’s Yongbyon reactor. In addition, according to a 2004 declassified intelligence report to Congress, “Pakistani investigators in late January 2004 said they had ‘confirmation’ of an IAEA allegation that [Abdul Qadeer] Khan offered nuclear technology and hardware to Syria, according to Pakistani press, and we are concerned that expertise or technology could have been transferred. We continue to monitor Syrian nuclear intentions with concern.”

    States That Had Nuclear Weapons or Nuclear Weapons Programs at One Time:

    Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine inherited nuclear weapons following the Soviet Union’s 1991 collapse, but returned them to Russia and joined the NPT as non-nuclear-weapon states. South Africa secretly developed and dismantled a small number of nuclear warheads and also joined the NPT in 1991. Iraq had an active nuclear weapons program prior to the 1991 Persian Gulf War, but was forced to verifiably dismantle it under the supervision of UN inspectors. The U.S.-led March 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent capture of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein definitively ended his regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Libya voluntarily renounced its secret nuclear weapons efforts in December 2003. Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, and Taiwan also shelved nuclear weapons programs.

  • Teekno
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The declared nuclear powers are the US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.

    Israel is widely assumed to have a significant stockpile of nuclear weapons, but has a policy of neither confirming or denying this.

    Iran's desire to obtain a nuclear weapon are widely reported, but in some circles it's believed they already possess a handful of warheads already. They deny this.

  • kozzm0
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel all have nukular weapons.

    There were nukes in Germany for a while (not sure if they still are there) but they weren't Germany's nukes, they were NATO and USSR nukes.

    So, the number of nuke nations is 9.

    The US and Russia have got by far the most nukes, both of them have singlehandedly enough nukes to blow up the rest of the world and enslave the survivors.

    <> Israel hijacked a West German cargo ship with a load of yellowcake uranium decades ago. Uranium bombs are the easiest to make: all you have to do is put enough fissile uranium into one lump and it will blow up. You keep two separate chunks of uranium, and to blow them up you put them together. Israel has the bomb. But not all that many of them. Comparable to North Korea's probable potential arsenal of plutonium bombs.

    Iran has no nukes. The IAEA never found any evidence that Iran had configured its centrifuges to enhance its uranium to weapons-grade, which you have to use many repeated centrifuges on the same uranium to produce. They use their centrifuges to produce plant-grade enriched uranium. So do we and everyone else who uses nuclear power. They use mainly nuclear power because their oil is more valuable as a cash export. The CIA decided a while back that in fact all of the bluster about Iran seeking nukes had been a load of crap. Iran is the only country other than us that might be interested in defeating the Taliban, who they hate hate hate...

    we should get off their case about the centrifuges.

    At any rate, countries with a few uranium bombs like Israel or a few plutonium bombs like the DPRK are not in the same game as the real nuke powers. You throw a few 10-kiloton bombs at an invading army, and you might cause severe damage to a few strategic elements of that army, but then you're out of bullets. These countries' nuke power is only a small fraction of their conventional power. Look at the DPRK, which has over 1,000 heavy artillery ready to fire on Seoul. They could level the entire city in a couple of days, and wreak havoc on all the forces around it too. Far more dangerous than just a few small nukes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Officially eight:

    U.S.

    Russia

    China

    United Kingdom

    France

    India

    Pakistan

    North Korea

    Israel is suspected of having nuclear weapons (and probably does). So a total of nine.

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