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Guess who has the most nuclear weapons? Hint it's not the US

In the event of a future conflict, nations that have attained breakout could have an undue advantage, with nuclear warheads being used to augment their capabilities in conventional warfare.

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More than half a century has passed since a nuclear weapon was used on battlefield. In August 1945, the US detonated two nuclear bombs, code-named "Little Boy" and "Fat Man", over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The bombings resulted in the death of over 1,20,000 people. Despite the restive calm of the intervening years, many countries have been ramping up their nuclear stockpiles to be better prepared if the sceptre of war rears its head once again. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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More than half a century has passed since a nuclear weapon was used on battlefield. In August 1945, the US detonated two nuclear bombs, code-named "Little Boy" and "Fat Man", over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. The bombings resulted in the death of over 1,20,000 people. Despite the restive calm of the intervening years, many countries have been ramping up their nuclear stockpiles to be better prepared if the sceptre of war rears its head once again. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

In the event of a future conflict, nations that have attained breakout could have an undue advantage, with nuclear warheads being used to augment their capabilities in conventional warfare. The exact number of nukes in each country's arsenal remains closely guarded. Here is a list of countries that have an arsenal of nuclear-powered missiles, according to data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Arms Control Association and the Federation of American Scientists. (Image: Reuters)
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In the event of a future conflict, nations that have attained breakout could have an undue advantage, with nuclear warheads being used to augment their capabilities in conventional warfare. The exact number of nukes in each country's arsenal remains closely guarded. Here is a list of countries that have an arsenal of nuclear-powered missiles, according to data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Arms Control Association and the Federation of American Scientists. (Image: Reuters)

9. North Korea | Total nuclear weapons: 20 | Total nuclear tests: 6 | First tested: October 2006 | Most recent test: September 2017 (Image: Reuters)
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9. North Korea | Total nuclear weapons: 20 | Total nuclear tests: 6 | First tested: October 2006 | Most recent test: September 2017 (Image: Reuters)

8. Israel | Total nuclear weapons: 80 | Total nuclear tests: 0 (Image: Reuters)
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8. Israel | Total nuclear weapons: 80 | Total nuclear tests: 0 (Image: Reuters)

7. India | Total nuclear weapons: 140 | Total nuclear tests: 3 | First tested: 1974 | Most recent test: May 1998 (Image: Reuters)
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7. India | Total nuclear weapons: 140 | Total nuclear tests: 3 | First tested: 1974 | Most recent test: May 1998 (Image: Reuters)

6. Pakistan | Total nuclear weapons: 150 | Total nuclear tests: 2 | First tested: May 1998 | Most recent test: May 1998 (Image: Reuters)
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6. Pakistan | Total nuclear weapons: 150 | Total nuclear tests: 2 | First tested: May 1998 | Most recent test: May 1998 (Image: Reuters)

5. United Kingdom | Total nuclear weapons: 215 | Total nuclear tests: 45 | First tested: October 1942 | Most recent test: November 1991 (Image: Reuters)
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5. United Kingdom | Total nuclear weapons: 215 | Total nuclear tests: 45 | First tested: October 1942 | Most recent test: November 1991 (Image: Reuters)

4. China | Total nuclear weapons: 280 | Total nuclear tests: 45 | First tested: October 1964 | Most recent test: July 1996 (Image: Reuters)
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4. China | Total nuclear weapons: 280 | Total nuclear tests: 45 | First tested: October 1964 | Most recent test: July 1996 (Image: Reuters)

3. France | Total nuclear weapons: 300 | Total nuclear tests: 210 | First tested: February 1960 | Most recent test: January 1996 (Image: Reuters)
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3. France | Total nuclear weapons: 300 | Total nuclear tests: 210 | First tested: February 1960 | Most recent test: January 1996 (Image: Reuters)

2. US | Total nuclear weapons: 6,450 | Total nuclear tests: 1,030 | First tested: July 1945 | Most recent test: September 1992 (Image: Reuters)
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2. US | Total nuclear weapons: 6,450 | Total nuclear tests: 1,030 | First tested: July 1945 | Most recent test: September 1992 (Image: Reuters)

1. Russia | Total nuclear weapons: 6,850 | Total nuclear tests: 715 | First tested: August 1949 | Most recent test: October 1990 (Image: Reuters)
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1. Russia | Total nuclear weapons: 6,850 | Total nuclear tests: 715 | First tested: August 1949 | Most recent test: October 1990 (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Nov 28, 2018 07:55 am
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