The number of nuclear weapons in the world continues to decrease gradually, however, at the same time, it is being greatly modernized, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI.
As of the beginning of this year, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea are registered to have in total about 15,850 nuclear weapon units in their disposal. However, in 2014 the figure was 16,350 units. Thus, for the time period of 2014-2015, the world nuclear stockpiles have declined by 500 units.
This reduction is mainly happening at the expanse of the U.S. and Russia, which account for about 90% of the world's nuclear weapons. However, these countries have serious and costly plans to modernize their nuclear stockpiles.
Other nuclear states implement the policy of increasing nuclear weapons or announce such intentions. For example, China plans to increase its nuclear capacity only marginally, while India and Pakistan announced large-scale plans. Meanwhile, nothing specific is known about DPRK's nuclear program.