13,400 atomic bombs threaten life on the planet

There are currently 13,400 nuclear warheads in the world., based on 2019 UN figures that roughly match amounts estimated by other sources. While that’s far less than the 80,000 estimated at the height of the Cold War, it’s still enough to wipe out life on Earth.

In October 2021, in a drastic change from the Trump administration, the government of US President Joe Biden released his country’s nuclear arsenal figures. The United States has 3750 nuclear warheads. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2,000 more people are waiting to be dismantled at the warehouse. Added together, they exceed 5,000.

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What other countries have nuclear weapons and how many?

Data on nuclear stockpiles vary from one source to another. The following information is from the BBC. Nuclear Threat Initiative and the United States, as well as the countries with the most confirmed nuclear weapons.

Chinese.- Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with 290 warheads, about 90 nuclear capacity.

France.- About 290 nuclear warheads, but according to the Federation of American Scientists, there will be 350.

India.- 130 to 140 nuclear warheads.

Pakistan.- 90-110 nuclear warheads; According to the American federation around 160.

Russia.- 1,444 warheads are installed on 527 ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) ​​and heavy bomber warheads. If warheads not deployed, in storage, or awaiting decommissioning are also counted, the total stock will reach 6,370 guns.

United Kingdom.- About 225 strategic warheads.

Other than these nations Other countries with unconfirmed nuclear weapons:

Israel.- It is suspected to have enough plutonium for 100 to 200 nuclear weapons, slightly less according to the Federation of American Scientists.

North Korea .- It has conducted at least six nuclear tests since 2006. It claimed to have successfully conducted its first intercontinental ballistic missile test in 2017 and will have enough plutonium and enriched uranium to make 12 warheads each year.

At the height of the Cold War there were 80,000 heads

However, in recent years many atomic weapons destroyed. The United States had accumulated more than 30,000 in the 1960s, compared to the 3,750 nuclear warheads available, while the Soviet Union had 40,000 in the late 1980s, just before that power collapsed.

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Therefore, the reduction achieved by the disarmament agreements that began to be signed in the middle of the Cold War is enormous. However, experts point out that: a paradox: although the destruction of nuclear weapons continues very slowly, they are also being modernized to give them more destructive efficiency.

The most powerful nuclear bomb in existence today is still the so-called ‘Tsar bomb’. It was built by the USSR and was detonated as a test in 1961, demonstrating the terrifying destructive power equivalent to 3,125 times the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. It has a power of 50 megatons, twice the power of the USA’s largest nuclear weapon.

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Source: Informacion

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