How many countries have nuclear weapons?

There are about 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world, a number that has been declining since the Cold War ended.

While the exact number of nukes each country has are closely guarded state secrets, below is an estimated list that the Arms Control Association and Federation of American Scientists came up with.

RUSSIA

Total nuclear weapons: 7,000
Total nuclear tests: 715
First tested: 1949
Most recent test: 1990

UNITED STATES

Total nuclear weapons: 6,500
Total nuclear tests: 1,030
First tested: 1945
Most recent test: 1992

FRANCE

Total nuclear weapons: 300
Total nuclear tests: 210
First tested: 1960
Most recent test: 1996

CHINA

Total nuclear weapons: 270
Total nuclear tests: 45
First tested: October 1964
Most recent test: 1996

UNITED KINGDOM

Total nuclear weapons: 215
Total nuclear tests: 45
First tested: 1952
Most recent test: 1991

PAKISTAN

Total nuclear weapons: 140
Total nuclear tests: 2
First tested: 1998
Most recent test: 1998

INDIA

Total nuclear weapons: 120
Total nuclear tests: 3
First tested: 1974
Most recent test: 1998

*ISRAEL

Total nuclear weapons: 75
Total nuclear tests: 0
First tested: No confirmed tests.
Most recent test: No confirmed tests.

NORTH KOREA

Total nuclear weapons: 15
Total nuclear tests: 7
First tested: 2006
Most recent test: 2018

*Israel has never confirmed they possess nuclear weapons.

INTERESTING FACTS
  1. 10% of U.S. nuclear energy comes from recycled Russian nuclear weapons.
  2. Between 1951 and 1992, there were 928 announced nuclear tests at Nevada testing site. 828 of these were underground.
  3. On February 5, 1958, the U.S. Air Force lost a 7,600-pound hydrogen bomb in the Wassaw Sound in Savannah, Georgia. No one has ever found it.
INTERESTING VIDEO

INTERESTING SOURCES
  1. Independent.co.uk – The nine countries that have nuclear weapons
  2. Wikipedia.org – List of states with nuclear weapons
  3. KickButtFacts.com – 25 Interesting Facts About Nuclear Weapons

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of