America and Russia, the world’s two biggest nuclear powers, are threatening to make more weapons. Here’s how many nukes each nation has (CNBC)

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    America and Russia, the world’s two biggest nuclear powers, are threatening to make more weapons. Here’s how many nukes each nation has – By Amanda Macias (cnbc.com) / Dec 6 2018

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will develop ground-launched nuclear missiles if the U.S. withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

    The two leaders of the world’s nuclear club are threatening to withdraw from an arms control agreement, a move that will allow each country to bolster its arsenal with more nukes.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he will develop ground-launched nuclear missiles if the U.S. withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty.

    The pact, signed by the U.S. and Soviet Union in 1987, prohibits the development of midrange nuclear-tipped missiles. The agreement forced each country to dismantle more than 2,500 missiles with ranges of 310 to 3,420 miles. The arms ban kept nuclear-tipped cruise missiles off the European continent for three decades.

    Of the 14,500 nuclear weapons on the planet, Russia and the United States own the lion’s share, with a combined total of approximately 13,350 nukes. The remaining 1,150 weapons are held by seven countries.

    North Korea, the latest unwelcome addition to the world’s nuke club, remains the only country to test nuclear weapons in this century.

    While the exact number of nukes in each country’s arsenal is closely guarded, below is a breakdown of how many weapons exist, according to estimates from the Arms Control Association and Federation of American Scientists.

    North Korea

    KCNA | Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

    Total nuclear weapons: ~10 to 20
    Total nuclear tests: ~6
    First tested: October 2006
    Most recent test: September 2017

    Israel
    Total nuclear weapons: ~80
    Total nuclear tests: 0
    First tested: No confirmed tests
    Most recent test: No confirmed tests

    India
    Total nuclear weapons: ~120 to 130
    Total nuclear tests: ~3
    First tested: May 1974
    Most recent test: May 1998

    Pakistan
    Total nuclear weapons: ~130 to 140
    Total nuclear tests: ~2
    First tested: May 1998
    Most recent test: May 1998

    United Kingdom
    Total nuclear weapons: ~215
    Total nuclear tests: ~45
    First tested: October 1952
    Most recent test: November 1991

    China

    Getty Images Chinese President Xi Jinping

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

    France
    Total nuclear weapons: ~300
    Total nuclear tests: ~210
    First tested: February 1960
    Most recent test: January 1996

    United States
    Total nuclear weapons: ~ 6,550
    Total nuclear tests: ~ 1,030
    First tested: July 1945
    Most recent test: September 1992

    Russia

    Sasha Mordovets | Getty Images News | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov at the Naval Base of Black Sea Fleet on September 23, 2014 in Novorossiysk, Russia.

    Total nuclear weapons: ~6,800
    Total nuclear tests: ~ 715
    First tested: August 1949
    Most recent test: October 1990

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