Pressures over atomic weapons have been raised further after Donald Trump said North Korea will be met with “shoot and anger like the world has never seen” after US knowledge finished up the rebel state has created a scaled down atomic warhead.
This most recent move comes in the midst of expanding worry over North Korea’s military capacities, with the better and brighter US organization increasing its talk accordingly.
While the Pyongyang administration builds the recurrence with which it is leading rocket tests, Donald Trump’s barrier secretary Jim ‘Distraught Dog’ Mattis has beforehand cautioned North Korea of a “compelling and overwhelming” response if Pyongyang utilized atomic weapons.
Such talk has prompted worries about the world’s atomic limit and the eccentrics of those accountable for the warheads.
It seems the world is a long way from “coming to its senses” – with millions of kilotons already in military service around the world.
Between them, the world’s nuclear-armed states have around 15,000 warheads – the majority of which belong to the US and Russia.
Which countries have nuclear weapons?
There are five nuclear-weapon states in the world: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. These are officially recognised as possessing such weapons by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
This treaty acknowledges and legitimises their arsenals, but they are not supposed to build or maintain them forever. Indeed, they have committed to eliminate them.
There are also four other countries that have nuclear weapons: Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. These countries didn’t sign the Treaty, and together possess an estimated 340 nuclear weapons.
But it’s Russia and the US that have by far the most in the world – dominating all other countries by collectively sharing 88 per cent of the world’s arsenal of stockpiled nukes. This figure increases to 93 per cent when we consider retired nukes.
How deadly could these nuclear weapons be?
The world’s current collection of 14,900 nuclear weapons possesses enough power to kill millions of people and flatten dozens of cities.
According to Telegraph research, it is estimated that the US and Russian arsenals combined have power equating to 6,600 megatons. This is a tenth of the total solar energy received by Earth every minute.
According to the NukeMap website, the dropping of the B-83, the largest bomb in the current US arsenal, would kill 1.4m people in the first 24 hours. A further 3.7m people would be injured, as the thermal radiation radius reached 13.km.
Likewise, the “Tsar Bomba” is the largest USSR bomb tested. If this bomb was dropped on New York, it is estimated that it could kill 7.6m people and injure 4.2m more. The nuclear fallout could reach an approximate area of 7,880km on a 15mph wind, impacting millions more people.
Both America and Russia’s arsenals are regulated by several treaties that place limits on the numbers and kinds of warheads and delivery systems they have.
If either country were to expand their nuclear capacity even further, as Trump and Putin have hinted at, it could shatter these agreements and plunge the world into a new Cold War.