Nuclear Weapons by Country

The use of nuclear weaponry in 1945 to end the Second World War in the Pacific marks a turning point in human history. Up until that point, war was a near-constant interaction between nation-states that determined borders, trade rights, and the right to empire, but with the development of the nuclear bomb, the stakes became much higher. Following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the U.S. emerged as the number one nuclear power in the world and was able to flex its newfound power for a few years. However, it was soon contested by the likes of the Soviet Union with its own nuclear weapons program, leading to a nuclear arms race between the two superpowers and a period of heightened tension known as the Cold War.

Today, there are nine countries that possess nuclear weapons, all with over a hundred times the power of the bomb that fell on Hiroshima. They maintain a delicate balance of power under the auspices of mutually assured destruction, knowing that careless use of nuclear weaponry would lead to not only the annihilation of their enemy but their own as well, and most likely the destruction of the world as we know it. 

If you would like to learn more about nuclear weapons by country, please refer to the data in the map and charts. 

Nuclear Warhead Inventory by Country

France

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290

#4 in the World

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Yes

India

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160

#7 in the World

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Yes

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472

#10 in the World

Israel

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90

#8 in the World

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Yes

North Korea

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20

#9 in the World

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Yes

Pakistan

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165

#6 in the World

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Yes

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53

#12 in the World

People's Republic of China

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350

#3 in the World

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Yes

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2,223

#8 in the World

Russia

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5,977

#1 in the World

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Yes

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3,356

#7 in the World

United Kingdom

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225

#5 in the World

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Yes

United States of America

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5,428

#2 in the World

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Yes

URANIUM PRODUCTIONhelp

7

#16 in the World