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In 2018, all countries possessing nuclear weapons has continued to modernize its Arsenal. This is stated in the report of the Stockholm international Institute for peace studies (SIPRI).
The researchers note that the total number of nuclear warheads declined from 14.5 thousand to 13.8 thousand units. Nevertheless, the nuclear powers to increase power by upgrading. Nearly two thousand shells are in a state of combat readiness.
The report States that at the beginning of 2018 nuclear weapons possessed nine countries: Russia, USA, UK, Israel, India, China, North Korea, Pakistan and France. Russia and the United States accounted for more than 90 percent of all weapons. Other States have much smaller Arsenal, however, are already developing a new system or announced plans to do so.
The researchers recalled that the Treaty on strategic offensive arms (start-3) between Moscow and Washington, expires in 2021. The Institute noted that countries are unlikely to agree on extension of the Treaty and to work together on reducing the nuclear arsenals.
The President of the United States Donald trump promised to make a decision on the extension of the contract in 2020. Russia also considers the extension of the agreement a priority.
The start-3 Treaty that obliges the US and Russia to reduce nuclear Arsenal. The country signed it in 2010. By its terms, to February 5, 2018 in both countries was to be no more than 700 Intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles deployed on submarines, and strategic bombers, and no more than 1550 warheads and 800 or less launchers.
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