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The World's Nuclear Arsenals

Updated January 21, 2009
Center for Defense Information

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Country Suspected Strategic Nuclear Weapons Suspected Non-Strategic
Nuclear Weapons
Suspected Total Nuclear Weapons
China
130-200 
120
~250-320
France
350
0
350
India
50
?
50+?
Israel
100-200
?
100-200?
North Korea (DPRK)
5-12
0
5-12**
Pakistan
40-70
?
40-70
Russia
~3,300-3,400
~3,000-8,000
~7,200*
United Kingdom
180-200
5
180-200
United States
5,236
~500
~5,736*

* Together, the Russian and American arsenals have been estimated to equal 26,000 warheads. This number is in stark contrast to the number of warheads reported under each country’s responsibility to the START II agreement. This is due to a large number of warheads on responsive reserve.

** The total number of North Korean nuclear weapons is based on the amount of weapons possible with the amount of weapons grade plutonium estimated on hand. The exact number is unknown.

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