Every country in this world wants to be the best in power defense when it is measured by the Nuclear weapons. The countries with the most powerful nuclear weapons in the world are definitely a threat to those without such weapons. The destructive power of these weapons is so dangerous that it can blow any nation into ashes.
Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), these five nations, namely the US, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, France, and China, are considered “nuclear-weapon states” (NWS). While the countries like India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea also has stockpile nuclear warheads.
Let Us Know More About These Top 10 Powerful Countries With The Best Nuclear Weapon Stockpiles In The World 2019.
Russia is the strongest nuclear weapon country in the world, entirely covering Northern Asia and the majority of Eastern Europe having almost 8500 nuclear weapons. It is famous for the best quality weapons and the largest country with respect to the area. The Soviet Union of Russia (USSR) tested its first nuclear weapon RDS-1 in August 1949, starting the race for nuclear weapons with the US. Moreover, Russia is the permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and has the most powerful militaries in the world.
- United States of America
The United States of America was the first nation to develop a nuclear weapon and is the only state to deploy a nuclear weapon against another country. According to reports, this country has a total of 7200-7700 nuclear missiles and it has a more organized army with the best weapons. Moreover, the United States has more numbers of SLBMs and ICBMs as compared to other countries including Russia. It also has the most modernized and sophisticated military weapon systems and possesses a huge number of nuclear warheads.
France secures the third position with a total of 300 nuclear weapons. It became a nuclear weapons state when it successfully launched its first nuclear weapon during an atmospheric nuclear test named Gerboise Bleue in February 1960. This country conducted its last nuclear test in 1996 before joining the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). In spite of having nuclear power, this country still faces terrorist attacks. Therefore, France needs much more defense than that of other countries of Europe.
- The United Kingdom
With a count of 225 nuclear weaponry, UK is on 4th position of the World’s strongest Nuclear Weapon countries in the world of 2019. Like France, the UK is an official nuclear-weapon state and is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It has one of the best navies in the world as well as one of the most capable foreign intelligence agencies, the Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6. According to the reports, United Kingdom was once at the top place for nuclear power country of the world because, in 1970s govt, the country has the stockpile of more than 520 nuclear weapons but they put the rest more than half of the warheads and just using about 215 nuclear missiles.
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. 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. Chinese nuclear warheads can be launched by air, land and sea-based delivery systems. Moreover, China has also restricted to ‘no first use’ policy, that means they can only attack countries with these weapons if any enemy attack with these nuclear missiles.
Pakistan’s nuclear power was unveiled to the world in a series of nuclear tests conducted in May 1998, although the country initiated its nuclear weapons programme in the 1970s. According to the study, Pakistan has almost 120 missiles and continuously trying to improve the defense of the country. The country currently has 100 to 120 nuclear warheads, most of which are believed to be in central storage.
India holds the seventh place in the list of world’s powerful nuclear weapons. Its first nuclear test in May 1974. The test, codenamed Smiling Buddha, was declared as a peaceful nuclear explosion by the Government of India. This country focuses more on the defense because of the frequent attack from its neighboring country Pakistan and terrorists in the border. According to reports, India has more than 100 nuclear weapons. Moreover, the country is committed to the policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons. The country retains the capability to launch nuclear weapons by land, air, and sea-based delivery platforms.
This Jewish state secures eight position amongst the superpowers of the world. Israel is believed to have initiated its nuclear programme in the 1950s, although it has not tested nuclear weapons publicly. The country exerts a policy of nuclear ambiguity concealing its nuclear status. Many Islamic countries hate this nation because of its continuous war with Palestine. The only companion to this country is the superpower America which always supported it and with their help, it keeps almost 80 powerful nuclear weapons.
- North Korea
North Korea holds the ninth position in the race of big nuclear powers of the world. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) exploded its first nuclear weapon in October 2006. This country is believed to have plutonium and uranium stockpiles to produce 12 to 27 nuclear weapons, according to a mid-range estimate by the Institute for Science and International Security. The current stockpile is anticipated to be fewer than ten nuclear warheads. It has increased the number of nuclear weapons during the last few years. They perform nuclear test frequently which brings threat to the countries around this nation.
Iran is the second Muslim nation in the list of world’s top nuclear powers and is at number 10 in the ranking. Although its total number of nuclear weapons is unclear, Iran has now paved its way in the world of nuclear weapons. The country has made few Nuclear weapons and has signed the agreement with America for the devastation of the Nuclear weapons.
★ According to the Federation of American Scientists, these countries are estimated with the total nuclear warhead stockpile is shown below –
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