How North Korea Appears to Be Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal
China and North Korea are building up their nuclear arsenals, while superpowers like the United States and Russia are cutting them.
This is stated in a report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute..
The document says China had 30 more warheads by the beginning of this year than by January 2019, while North Korea had 20 more warheads. They now have 320 and 30 warheads, respectively..
“China is in the middle of a significant modernization of its nuclear arsenal. For the first time, he is creating the so-called nuclear triad, consisting of new land-based and sea-based missiles, as well as aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons, ”the analytical center said in a report..
“North Korea continues to prioritize its military nuclear program as a central element of its national security strategy,” the authors of the document note..
Over the same period, the US reduced its huge arsenal from 6185 warheads to 5,800, while Russia cut its from 6,500 to 6375, according to the institute..
SIPRI: Number of nuclear warheads in the world in 2020
Overall, the world’s nuclear arsenal fell by about 465 warheads last year, the report says.
“The reduction in the global arsenal of nuclear weapons in 2019 was largely due to the dismantling of decommissioned nuclear weapons by Russia and the United States, which together still account for more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons,” the report says..
Nonetheless, the compilers emphasize, both countries are pursuing “extensive and expensive programs to replace and modernize their nuclear warheads, missiles and aircraft delivery systems, and nuclear weapons production facilities.”.
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