India, Pakistan expanding nuclear arsenal despite global trend in disarmament: Report

The total number of nuclear warheads in the world is declining, primarily due to the US and Russia continuing to reduce their nuclear arsenal.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2015 8:44 am
 india nuclear weapons, pakistan nuclear weapons, india pakistan nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons, india, pakistan,  nuclear arsenal, SIPRI report, india news, nation news The total number of nuclear warheads in the world is declining, primarily due to the US and Russia continuing to reduce their nuclear arsenal.

India and Pakistan are reportedly expanding their nuclear arsenal, despite a global trend towards disarmament, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has said.

The SIPRI on Monday published the findings in its ‘Yearbook 2015’, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security in the world.

The disarmament report prepared by the Swedish institute said that though the number of warheads fell from 22,600 to 15,850 between 2010 and 2015, India (90 to 100 warheads) and Pakistan (100 to 120 warheads) undertook “extensive and expensive long-term modernisation programmes”.

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According to the report, at the start of 2015, nine states – the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — possessed approximately 15,850 nuclear weapons, of which 4,300 were deployed with operational forces.

The total number of nuclear warheads in the world is declining, primarily due to the US and Russia continuing to reduce their nuclear arsenal, albeit at slower pace compared with a decade ago, the report says.

However, “despite renewed international interest in prioritising nuclear disarmament, the modernisation programmes under way in the nuclear weapon-possessing states suggests that none of them will give up their nuclear arsenals in the foreseeable future,” SIPRI Senior Researcher Shannon Kile said.

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    avi
    Jun 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm
    Beggars bragging !!!
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      Ghazanfar Ali
      Jun 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm
      That's called check-mate. I agree with you.
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      muzafar
      Jun 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm
      Don't read Ramayana and Gita, PAK missiles are well ahead of indian junk which fail now and then but without reporting just like H bomb in 1998!
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        Anti India
        Jun 16, 2015 at 11:30 am
        This can also be taken as proof that stan despite having a weak economy had more nuclear power then india.Pak nuclear missiles are more advanced (in terms of range) then india.
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          sehrish
          Jun 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm
          India significantly increases the ability to produce highly enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons. India’s program is not subject to international restrictions / inspections, also not signatory of NPT. Despite all that US signed nuclear agreement with India which is a cause of worry for South Asian Countries.
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            Akbar Malik
            Jun 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm
            Actually India is much larger, 4 times in area as compared to stan...so actually stan needs more missiles warheads just to be equal. right now stan only has deterrent capability. If it becomes equal, India would never dare start a limited nuclear war as Indian leaders often allude to. If stan increases its nuclear warheads to a larger number, threat of nuclear war would decrease. The world should understand this. If India increases its numbers, the threat of nuclear war will increase.
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