Pakistan had at least ten more atomic weapons than India in its nuclear arsenal in 2013, a leading Indian daily ‘The Times of India’ reported earlier today.
According to a new infographic unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Pakistan had a total of 120 atomic weapons last year.
Founded by the University of Chicago scientists in 1945, the infographic tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nuclear weapon states.
The Nuclear Notebook Interactive Infographic provides a visual representation of the Bulletin’s famed Nuclear Notebook, which since 1987 has tracked the number and type of the world’s nuclear arsenals.
Having reached a peak of over 65,000 in the late 1980s, the number of nuclear warheads has dropped significantly to a little over 10,000, but the number of countries that possess these horrific weapons of mass destruction has increased.
According to the infographic, the United States and Russia both have about 5,000 weapons each.
France has 300, China 250, the United Kingdom 225 and Israel 80. North Korea has only conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.
“I don’t think people truly understand just how many of these weapons there are in the world,” said Rachel Bronson, executive director of the Bulletin.
“The Interactive is a way to see, immediately, who has nuclear weapons and when they got them, and how those numbers relate to each other. It is a startling experience, looking at those comparisons.”
The authors of the Nuclear Notebook are Hans M Kristensen and Robert S. Norris, both with the Federation of American Scientists.