Each nation in this world needs to be the best in control protection when it is estimated by the Nuclear weapons. The countries with nuclear weapons. on the planet are certainly a danger to those without such weapons. The damaging intensity of these weapons is dangerous to the point that it can blow any country into fiery remains.
There are eight sovereign states that have effectively destructive and detonated nuclear weapons. Five are considered to be Nuclear-Weapon States (NWS) under the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons(NPT). Arranged by securing of atomic weapons, these are the United States, Russia (the successor state to the Soviet Union), the United Kingdom, France, and China. These are listed in the list of countries with nuclear weapons.
Since the NPT went into compelling in 1970, three expresses that were not a party to the Treaty have conducted nuclear tests, namely India, Pakistan, and North Korea.
It is also to be noted that, Israel is estimated to possess somewhere between 75 and 400 nuclear warheads. States that formerly possessed nuclear weapons are South Africa, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.
Here is what, all you should know about the list of states with nuclear weapons.
★ The countries with nuclear weapons are divided as –
- The five nuclear-weapon countries under the NPT which are United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, and China.
- Countries with Non-NPT nuclear powers are India, Pakistan, and North Korea.
- The country with undeclared nuclear powers is Israel.
★ According to the Federation of American Scientists, these countries are estimated with the total nuclear warhead stockpile is shown below –
★ It is also to be noted that more than two dozen nations have nuclear power. Only nine possess actual nuclear weapons: Russia, the United States, China, India, Israel, France, North Korea, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom.
Detailed info with data about all you should know about the countries with nuclear weapons is provided below. Keep reading…
★ Five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT in detail…
These 5 nuclear weapon countries are under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
1. UNITED STATES
- First test: July 1945
- About 6500 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Alamogordo, New Mexico
The development of the first nuclear weapon by the United States was done during the World War II as a part of the Manhattan Project, out of the fear that Nazi Germany would develop them first. It also holds the record of being the only country to have used nuclear weapons in war and also the first one to develop the hydrogen bomb, destroying the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well.
- First test: August 1949
- About 7000 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
Russia (formerly part of the Soviet Union) holds the record of being the second nation to have developed and tested a nuclear weapon. The main aim of the testing was to maintain and achieve a balance of power with the other powerful nations of the world.
3. UNITED KINGDOM
- First test: October 1952
- About 215 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Monte Bello Islands, Australia
The United Kingdom was the third country in the world, after the United States and the Soviet Union, to develop and test a nuclear weapon. The main aim of the testing was also to maintain and achieve a balance of power against the Soviet Union and the other powerful nations of the world.
- First test: February 1960
- About 300 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Sahara, French Algeria
France secures the 3rd position with a total of 300 nuclear weapons. France successfully tested its first nuclear weapon in 1960 (“Gerboise Bleue”), mostly based on its own scientific research and developmental strategies.
- First test: October 1964
- About 270 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Lop Nur, Xinjiang
China is known as the most developed countries in the world with the largest population in the world. This country tested its first nuclear weapon, the “596,” in 1964. Soon after that, it had also developed the technique of a fission bomb capable of being put onto a nuclear missile. Due, to the country’s secrecy, it’s difficult to give its existing count of nuclear warheads. Experts believe China has around 270 nuclear weapons available.
★ Countries with Non-NPT nuclear powers…
- First test: May 1974
- About 120 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Pokhran, Rajasthan
India is not a part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). India tested its first nuclear weapon, what it called a “Peaceful Nuclear Explosive” in 1974 which was later became known as the “Smiling Buddha”.
- First test: May 1998
- About 130 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Ras Koh Hills, Balochistan
Pakistan first developed and tested the nuclear powers after the establishment of its first nuclear power plant near Karachi with the resources supplied by the other western countries. Pakistani President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto promised, “We will develop Nuclear stockpiles, even if we have to eat grass.”
8. NORTH KOREA
- First test: October 2006
- About 15 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: Kilju, North Hamgyong
North Korea holds the 9th position in the race of enormous atomic forces of the world and gets itself in the list of the countries with nuclear weapons. It has expanded the quantity and number of atomic weapons amid the most recent couple of years. They perform atomic tests as often as possible which conveys risk to the nations around this country.
★ The country with undeclared nuclear powers is Israel…
- First Test: Between 1960-1979 as estimated.
- About 400 total warheads.
- Test site of the first test: not yet tested
This Jewish state anchors ninth position among the superpowers of the world. Numerous Islamic nations despise this country due to its consistent war with Palestine. The main partner to this nation is the superpower America which constantly bolstered it and with their assistance, it keeps just about 80 intense atomic weapons.