Should Spain invest in nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons arsenals

Nine states have a total of more than 17,000 nuclear weapons. The US and Russia hold about 2000 nuclear weapons highest alert - that means, they are ready for use within a few minutes. Most of these weapons are much more explosive than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. A single nuclear warhead, detonated in a large city, can kill millions of people. The effects of this would still be felt for generations.

Because the nuclear powers disarmament Failure increases the risk that other countries will want to own nuclear weapons. Only the immediate abolition of nuclear weapons can reliably prevent their proliferation and use. Some politicians Nuclear weapon states have addressed the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, but they do no concrete steps to abolish the arsenals. On the contrary: they even bring their arsenals up to date.

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United StatesThe first country in the world to develop nuclear weapons and the only ones to use them in a war. Spend more money on their nuclear arsenal than all other countries combined. 7700 warheads
RussiaSecond country in the world to develop nuclear weapons. Has the largest arsenal in the world and invests heavily in modernizing warheads and delivery systems. 8500 warheads
United KingdomMaintains a fleet of four nuclear submarines in Scotland, each armed with 16 Trident missiles. Debated whether to modernize or disarm its nuclear forces. 225 warheads
FranceThe majority of its nuclear warheads are on submarines armed with M45 and M51 missiles. A submarine is always on patrol. Some warheads are also intended for use with aircraft. 300 warheads
ChinaHas a smaller arsenal than the US and Russia. The warheads are suitable for use in the air, land and water. It seems like it won't add to its arsenal. 250 warheads
IndiaBy developing its nuclear weapons, India violated its non-proliferation commitments. Continually expanding its nuclear arsenal and continuously improving delivery systems. 90-110 warheads
PakistanSignificantly optimizes its nuclear arsenal and the associated infrastructure. Has increased its arsenal significantly over the past few years. 100-120 warheads
IsraelHas a policy of ambiguity around its nuclear arsenal by neither affirming nor denying its existence. Therefore there is hardly any information or discussion about it. 80 warheads
North KoreaOperates a nuclear weapons program that is in its infancy. His arsenal is believed to have fewer than ten warheads. It is not clear if these are ready for use.<10 warheads
A total of17,300 warheads

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Source: Federation of American Scientists 2013


Comprehensive problem

Due to a NATO agreement on nuclear participation, there are five European states US nuclear weapons. In addition, 23 other countries rely on the US nuclear weapons protection. That said, around 40 countries that have nuclear power or research reactors have the ability to use it instead Weapons manufacturing to use. The spread of nuclear know-how increases the risk that other states will develop an atomic bomb.

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States in possession of nuclear weaponsUSA, Russia, UK, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea
States on whose territory there are nuclear weaponsBelgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey
States in nuclear allianceAlbania, Australia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Canada, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary

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