Who Has Nuclear Weapons, And How Many Do They Have?

 

 

Russia Vs. USA – Guess Who Has More Nukes.

It’s no secret that Russia and the USA have the largest stockpiles of Nuclear armaments in the world. Even since the decline of warheads stockpiled during the cold war were the two countries hold over 7000 nukes each with about 1,800 on constant high alert.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Statista.com


Russia narrowly beats out the United States with 7,500, while the USA holds 7,200. The next closest is France with 300. Israels numbers are shakey since they neither confirm nor deny how many Nukes they may have. North Korea has less than ten but their ability to even deliver them is unknown, as you may remember from the failed launch back in 2012.

Infographic: The Countries With The Biggest Nuclear Arsenals | Statista

Who Has Nuclear Weapons, And How Many Do They Have?

Israel about 80 but capable of promptly making 100-200 more

Although the Israeli government neither confirms nor denies that it possesses nuclear weapons, it is generally accepted by friend and foe alike that Israel is a nuclear-armed stateÑand has been so for nearly half a century. The basis for this conclusion has been strengthened significantly since our previous estimate in 2002, particularly thanks to new documents obtained by scholars under the US Freedom of Information Act and other openly available sources.

Bulletin of the American Scientist’s conclude that many of the public claims about the size of the Israeli nuclear arsenal are exaggerated. We estimate that Israel has a stockpile of approximately 80 nuclear warheads for delivery by two dozen missiles, a couple of squadrons of aircraft, and perhaps a small number of sea-launched cruise missiles.

Although Israel has produced enough plutonium for 100-200 warheads, the number of delivery platforms and estimates made by the U.S. intelligence community suggest that the stockpile might include approximately 80 warheads.

Lower estimate of 120 operational nukes for China

China’s nuclear weapons total: 250

The number of warheads on each submarine has been lowered from 48 to 40. This has lowered the number of “operationally available” warheads from 160 to 120. By the mid-2020s, the stockpile will be reduced to “not more than 180.”

US has 4717 warheads, 2500 retired warheads and 20,000 nuclear cores and 5000 assemblies

The U.S. government declared in April 2015 that its stockpile included 4,717 warheads as of September 2014. Since then, a small number of warheads are thought to have been retired. In addition to the roughly 4,670 warheads in the military stockpile, the U.S. government in April 2015 announced that approximately 2,500 retired warheads at that time were awaiting dismantlement. In addition, close to 20,000 plutonium cores (pits) and some 5,000 Canned Assemblies (secondaries) from dismantled warheads are in storage at the Pantex Plant in Texas and Y-12 plant in Tennessee

Russia

Russia has 4,490 nukes in their military stockpile, an estimated 2,800 retired warheads are estimated to be awaiting dismantlement. Details are scarce, but we estimate that Russia is dismantling approximately 500 retired warheads per year.

Total nuclear weapons: 7,500, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
Number that are operational: 1,790
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 4,490
Total nuclear tests, approximately: 715, according to the Arms Control Association.

North Korea

Total nuclear weapons: Unknown. The U.S. said in February it had intelligence indicating the secretive nation could soon have enough plutonium for nuclear weapons and was taking steps toward a long-range missile system, but experts do not believe North Korea currently has the technology to deliver weapons.
Total nuclear tests, approximately: <10

India

Total nuclear weapons: 90 to 110
Number that are operational: 0, according to the Federation of American Scientists. All are in stockpile.
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 110 to 120

France

Total nuclear weapons: About 300
Number that are operational: 280
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 10

Pakistan

Total nuclear weapons: 100 to 120
Number that are operational: 0
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: all 110 to 130

United Kingdom

Total nuclear weapons: 215
Number that are operational: 120
Number retired/awaiting dismantlement: 95

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The Simpsons Predicted ‘Terrorist Attack’ In France, Friday 13th, (2015)

We all know that it’s not the first time that the Simpsons predict the future. Many times they did… Pretty amazing… And they have done it again…

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


On Friday 13, France, Paris, suffered a terrorist attack in which they killed about 129 people, according to different sources of information. …Kent Brockman said in one episode of the Simpsons, that in France died 120 people…

(The Simpsons according to Wikipedia) is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company.[1][2][3] The series is a satirical depiction of a working class lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer,Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture,society, television, and many aspects of the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with the producerJames L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the network’s first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–90).

Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the series has broadcast 590 episodes. It is currently airing its 27th season. The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series.

The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 27, 2007, and grossed over $527 million. On May 4, 2015, the series was officially renewed for seasons twenty-seven (2015–16) and twenty-eight (2016–17), consisting of 22 episodes each.[4][5]

The Simpsons has received widespread critical acclaim, especially for the “Golden Age” of its approximated first ten seasons.[6][7] Time magazine named it the 20th century’s best television series,[8] and The A.V. Club named it “television’s crowning achievement regardless of format”.[9] On January 14, 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It has won dozens of awards since it debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award. Homer’s exclamatory catchphrase “D’oh!” has been adopted into the English language, while The Simpsons has influenced many adult-oriented animated sitcoms. Despite this, the show has also been criticized for what many perceive as a decline in quality over the years.

France’s “Secret War” in Libya Not So Secret Anymore

French newspaper Le Monde has been accused of compromising state secrets after reporting that the France was waging a “secret war” with Libya. Its report based on sources blogging on the ground suggests that French Special Forces are in eastern Libya, engaging in covert operations against Daesh along with the US and UK.

Libyan security forces stands guard in Benghazi, Libya (File)

In what Le Monde called “France’s secret war in Libya”, it claimed President Francois Hollande has authorized “unofficial military action” by elite armed forces and intelligence commandos from the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) in Libya.

The newspaper quoted a senior French defense minister saying: “The last thing we do would be to intervene in Libya. Avoid any open military engagement, we must act discreetly”.

It’s believed that the discreet strikes against leaders of Daesh are being carried out to stem the growth of the radical Islamist group, which is increasingly taking ground and control of oil fields across the region.

However, according to French language radio network RTL, the DGSE has since launched a criminal investigation against Le Monde to investigate how the newspaper obtained the classified information.

A senior Libyan military commander has said that French military advisers have been helping coordinate Libyan forces to fight Daesh militants in Benghazi.

“The French military group in Benghazi are just military advisers who provide consultations to the Libyan National Army in its battle against terrorism, but they are not fighting with our Libyan forces,” Wanis Bukhamada, Special Forces commander told Reuters.

Libya in Chaos

When it first emerged that the US and France had been pushing for military action in Libya following a meeting in Paris, Dr Arturo Varvelli, head of terrorism research at the Italian think tank ISPI, told Sputnik that any Western military intervention in Libya to stop its seizure by Daesh militants would be perceived as “intrusive and neo-colonial”, suggesting it could strengthen Daesh’s control instead.

Dr Varvelli said that Italy and its allies, including France, should re-focus on forming an official government – not resort to military action again.

Libyans pray during Friday prayers, in the rebel-held Benghazi, Libya, Friday, July 8, 2011.

© AP PHOTO/ SERGEY PONOMAREV – Libyans pray during Friday prayers, in the rebel-held Benghazi, Libya, Friday, July 8, 2011.

Following the invasion of Libya by France, UK and NATO in 2011, the North African country has descended into chaos. Libya has been left under the rule of tribal militia groups, stuck in a civil war leaving the country open to exploitation by Daesh.

Arms used by NATO and rebel groups to overthrow Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are now in the hands of Daesh militants who are using them to take over swathes of the country.

Uncertainty Ahead

Western allies have been accused of contributing to the lawlessness after failing to unify Libya’s national government after Gaddafi was killed.

Speculation is rising that if Libya fails to form a national government, western countries will push to split Libya into three states: Tripolitania in the northwest, Fezzan in the southwest and Cyrenaica in the east.

A formal vote on the formation of a national government by MPs in Tobruk has been delayed.

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