Nuclear Weapons: The Total Number Is Really Increasing?
Is the number of nuclear weapons in the world increasing?
Did you know when the total number of nuclear weapons was the highest?
The number of nuclear weapons in the world was the highest in 1986 during the Cold War, but has been declining since then.
At that time, there were about 64,000 nuclear weapons in the world.
Of these, the Soviet Union owned 40,000 and the United States owned 23,000.
A total of six countries, Russia, the United States, Great Britain, France, China, and Israel, possessed nuclear weapons.
Then, in April of the same year, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident occurred in the Soviet Union.
After the end of the Cold War, a treaty to reduce nuclear weapons was gradually signed, centered on the United States and the Soviet Union.
European intermediate-range nuclear missiles have been removed and nuclear warheads have been reduced.
As a result, the number of nuclear weapons decreased to about 10,000 in 2014.
However, Pakistan, India and North Korea have begun to own new ones.