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annual SIPRI report

China, Pakistan, India increase nuclear arsenals

Published måndag 3 juni 2013 kl 08.49
An Indian missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, Photo: Saurabh Das/Scanpix.

In its annual report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says China, India, and Pakistan have increased their nuclear arsenals over the past year.

According to SIPRI, China now has 250 nuclear warheads, compared to 240 in 2012, while India and Pakistan have each added around 10 new warheads to bring their totals to between 90 and 110 and between 100 and 120 respectively.

                

Only the two old superpowers have cut their arsenals, with the United States reducing its warheads from 8000 to 7700, and Russia from 10,000 to 8,500.

France continues to have 300 nuclear warheads, SIPRI says, Britain 225, and Israel 80.

The institute does not count North Korea or Iran as nuclear powers, as their programs are still considered to be in early stages.

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