National News / India, Pakistan and China expanding their nuclear weapons are also not behind: report

Vikrant Shekhawat : Jun 13, 2022, 09:05 PM
Stockholm-based defense think tank SIPRI on Monday claimed that India had 160 nuclear warheads as of January 2022 and appears to be expanding its nuclear arsenal. Similarly, Pakistan is also expanding its nuclear arsenal, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a statement. "China is already engaged in expanding its nuclear weapons arsenal. Satellite images indicate this includes the construction of more than 300 new missile silos," the SIPRI statement said. In January 2021 as well as in January 2022, China had 350 nuclear weapons.

It has been claimed that while India's nuclear stockpile increased from 156 in January 2021 to 160 in January 2022, Pakistan's nuclear stockpile remains at 165 in January 2021 and January 2022. "India and Pakistan appear to be expanding their nuclear arsenals, and both countries have introduced and continue to develop new types of nuclear delivery systems in 2021," the report said.

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The world's nuclear weapons stockpile is expected to increase in the coming years, which had been declining since the end of the Cold War. This was stated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a weapons monitoring organization, on Monday. SIPRI said all nine nuclear-armed countries are increasing or upgrading their arsenals.

Hans M. Christensen, researcher in SIPRI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Program and director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, said: "There are clear indications that there is a need to reduce the global nuclear arsenal seen since the end of the Cold War. The trend has ended.

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The arsenals of the US and Russia, which have 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons, declined in 2021 due to the destruction of warheads that were removed from military service years ago. SIPRI stated that their usable military stockpile remained relatively stable and within the limits set by the Treaty on the Reduction of Nuclear Weapons.

The research institute said that other nuclear-rich countries -- Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea -- are either developing or deploying new weapons systems, or have announced their intention to do so. Huh. Israel has never publicly acknowledged the existence of such weapons.

Wilfred Van, director of SIPRI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Program, said, "All nuclear-armed countries are increasing or upgrading their arsenals. This is a very worrying trend."