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I am curious. Who decides who is allowed into the Nuclear club?

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The known nuclear power club

United States Set off first nuclear blast in 1945. Conducted over 1,030 tests. Arsenal of about 12,070 warheads. Missile range of 8,100 miles.

Russia First test in 1949. Conducted 715 tests in total. Arsenal of about 28,240 warheads - but an estimated 18,000 of these are awaiting dismantlement or in reserve. Missile range of 6,800 miles

Britain First test in 1952. Conducted 45 tests in total. Arsenal of about 400 warheads. Missile range of 7,500 miles.

France First test in 1960. Arsenal of about 510 warheads. Missile range of 3,300 miles.

China First test in 1964. Conducted 45 tests, and helped Pakistan develop its nuclear capabilities. Arsenal of about 425 warheads. Missile range of 6,800 miles.


New nuclear states

India and Pakistan both exploded nuclear devices in 1998, openly declaring themselves to be nuclear powers.

Unlike the other nuclear powers, neither country has signed the CTBT or the NPT, and they are therefore not considered to be official nuclear states by the original five nuclear powers.


India First tested a "peaceful nuclear explosive device" in May 1974, and claimed its nuclear programme was for peaceful purposes only. Two subsequent tests in May 1998. Estimates of its nuclear arsenal vary from 60 to 250 warheads. It's missile range is between 1,500 to 2,000 miles.



Suspected nuclear aspirants

Pakistan Two tests in May 1998. As with India, no-one knows exactly how many warheads it has. It is thought to be somewhere between 10 and 15, but could be as many as 150. Missile range between 1,500 to 1,800 miles.


Israel Known to have nuclear weapons capability, but has never declared it or tested. It has an estimated arsenal of 100 warheads and a missile range of 940 miles.
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