Top 5 Country with Most Nuclear Weapons in the World!

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Out of total countries in the world only nine countries have the nuclear weapons. There are approximately 14,500 nuclear weapons in the world. The nine countries  which possess nuclear weapons are North Korea, Israel, India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, China, France, United States and Russia. United States and Russia are the countries that own the majority of nuclear weapons. In this article we will discuss about the five country with most nuclear weapons in the World!

Nuclear weapons are very destructive. From a small amount of matter massive amount of energy is released which is capable of destroying anything. Nuclear weapons derive their energy from nuclear reactions such as nuclear fission i.e fission bomb or from both fusion and fission i.e thermonuclear bomb. A thermonuclear weapon weighing little more than 2,400 pounds (1,100 kg) can release energy equal to more than 1.2 million tons of TNT. Nuclear weapons has been used twice during the second world war. Both time by United States in Hiroshima on August 6 and August 9, 1945 in Nagasaki of Japan which killed 1,29,000 people and affected millions of lives. Nuclear weapons are very lethal so it should never be used ever. Nuclear weapons should not have been made on the first place. Nuclear weapon was developed by scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team while leading the Manhattan project during world war II. The Manhattan project came out of the fear that Germans were working on nuclear technology and was assigned by president Franklin D. Roosevelt. J. Robert Oppenheimer also known as “Father of the Atomic Bomb” died from cancer at the age of 62 in Princeton, New Jersey in 1967. Allbert Einstein also played a role in it’s development by signing a letter which urged the US government to develop the bomb. Einstein had great regret but the weapons developed out of fear of Germans which made Einstein to sign the letter. Let’s hope nuclear weapons will never be used ever again and the world lives on in peace!

Let’s start our Epic Top 5 Countdown of Country with Most Nuclear Weapons!

5. United Kingdom

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United Kingdom is the fifth among the list of country with most nuclear weapons. It has a total of 215 nuclear weapons and 120 are deployed. It has done total of 45 nuclear tests. It was first tested in 3rd October 1952 on Monte Bello Islands of Australia. The last time the country carried out its test was in November 1991.

4. China

country with most nuclear weapons

China is the fourth among the list of country with most nuclear weapons. It has a total of 270 nuclear weapons. It has done total of 45 nuclear tests. It was first tested in 16th October 1964 on Lop Nur, Xinjiang. The last time the country carried out its test was in July 1996.

3. France

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France is the third among the list of country with most nuclear weapons. It has a total of 300 nuclear weapons and 280 are deployed. It has done total of 210 nuclear tests. It was first tested on 13th February 1960 on Sahara, French Algeria. The last time the country carried out its test was in January 1996.

2. United States

country with most nuclear weapons

United States is the second among the list of country with most nuclear weapons. It is the first country to develop and test a nuclear weapon. It has a total of 6,600 nuclear weapons and 1800 among them are deployed. It has done total of 1,054 nuclear tests, which is the highest number of nuclear tests. It was first tested in 16th July 1945 on Alamogordo, New Mexico. The last time the country carried out its test was in September 1992.

1. Russia, Country with Most Nuclear Weapons!

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Russia is the first among the list of country with most nuclear weapons. It is the power house of nuclear weapons. It has a total of 6,800 nuclear weapons and 1,950 among them are deployed. It has done total of 715 nuclear tests. It was first tested in 29th August 1949 on Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. The last time the country carried out its test was in October 1990.

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