The Risk of Nuclear Weapons Being Used Has Peaked – SIPRI
All of the “nuclear club” states intend to increase the number of warheads in the coming years, and are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.
The risk of the use of nuclear weapons in the world has reached its highest level since the Cold War. This is according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released Monday, June 13.
“While some significant advances have been made in the past year in both nuclear arms control and nuclear disarmament, the risk of nuclear weapons use now seems higher than at any time since the height of the Cold War,” said SIPRI director Dan Smith.
Experts say all of the “nuclear club” states intend to increase the number of warheads in the coming years, and are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.
According to SIPRI, as of January 2022, the total number of warheads is:
Russia – 5,977 (1,588 deployed);
USA – 5,428 (1,744);
China – 350;
France – 290 (280);
United Kingdom – 225 (120);
Pakistan – 165;
India – 160;
Israel – 90;
DPRK – 20.
The U.S. and Russia together possess more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons, according to the report. The other seven nuclear-weapon states are either developing and deploying new weapons systems or have announced their intention to do so.
The institute’s experts note that the situation is exacerbated by the aggravation of nuclear rhetoric on the part of the “nuclear club” countries. According to the report, due to the deterioration of relations between the countries, there have been problems in the field of nuclear diplomacy as well. For example, after Russia’s war with Ukraine began, talks between Russia and the United States on strategic stability were effectively frozen.
In addition, the permanent members of the UN Security Council, China, Russia, France, the United States and the United Kingdom did not join the Treaty banning nuclear weapons, and the nuclear deal with Iran was never agreed upon by the parties.
We shall remind you that the UN did not rule out the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The organization believes that the prospect, which was previously unthinkable, “appeared within the realm of possibility”.
It was also reported that in early May the Russian army “rehearsed” a nuclear attack during exercises in the Kaliningrad region.
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