Estimates suggest that Putin’s country has 6,257 nuclear warheads
Together with the United States they gather 90% of the planet’s nuclear weapons
Nuclear weapons have decreased by 80% since the Cold War
The Russian President, Vladimir Putinthreatened this Thursday to use its nuclear arsenal if NATO dared to respond to the invasion of Ukraine. Russia It is the country in the world with the most canuclear balls. A total of 6,257 according to latest data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (Data are always approximate). It is followed by the United States, which has 5,600 nuclear warheads. Both countries, The United States and Russia monopolize 90% of the nuclear weapons in the entire planet.
They are followed at a greater distance by China (350), France (290) and India (165). North Korea has 45 declared nuclear warheads. In the world there are a total of 13,150 nuclear missiles. Enough to destroy human civilization from the face of the Earth several times.
Countries and number of nuclear weapons they have. SIPRI.SIPRI
The nuclear arsenal has been halved since the Cold War
It may sound like a lot, but during the Cold War, the United States and Russia amassed more than 25,000 nuclear warheads. In those days nuclear deterrence prevented hot war because both powers knew they would not survive an attack. It is the strategy known as Mutual Assured Destruction (MADfor its acronym in English, which coincidentally also means ‘mad’). The end of the Cold War set in motion the dynamics of nuclear disarmament agreed between both powers until their atomic weapons were reduced to between 5,000 and 6,000 nuclear heads. In 1985 there were 70,000 head, now there are 13,000. Nuclear disarmament between Russia and the United States has come to a standstill in recent years as new countries joined the ‘nuclear club‘, like Iran, which has increased its reserves of enriched uranium. Currently there five nuclear powers recognized in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (Russia, the United States, China, France, and the United Kingdom) and four that do not recognize the treaty (Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, and India). The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted in 2017 and entered into force in 2021. The problem is that the situation has become more complex. The traditional forums for control of weapons of destruction are paralyzed and mistrust between countries has grown.
China and its hypersonic missiles
Hypersonic missiles can carry nuclear weapons and fly at five times the speed of sound and disable anti-missile shields. The United States, Russia and China have them. But China and Russia they are further along in their essays. There is data that China tested a nuclear-capable missile last August, which worries the United States, which is fighting with China for world hegemony.
Image of the Russian hypersonic missile Tsirkon (TASS Agency)TASSThe strategy of nuclear weapons lies in having more weapons than your supposed enemy. The threat of destruction is so high that just having a larger arsenal scares your opponents.