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11. Who can deliver a nuclear threat?Submitted by MikeChalberg on Mon, 2012-03-05 12:58
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Given the ability to deliver a nuclear attack without a missile, it has become increasingly more feasible that individuals or small groups could successfully deliver a nuclear weapon. Though such a threat is often exaggerated, it is still a possibility. Physicist Li Bin wrote a technical article on the ability of “young” nuclear capable nations to deliver the weapons: ”Nuclear Missile Delivery Capabilities in Emerging Nuclear States.”
Currently there are five nuclear-weapon nations under the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty:
- Russia – 11,000
- United States – 8,500 weapons
- United Kingdom - 225
- France - 300
- China - 240
There are three nuclear-weapon nations not under the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty:
- Pakistan – 90-110
- India – 80-100
- North Korea - ~10
Finally there is one undeclared nuclear power:
- Israel – 80-200
Below is a map of the world in indicating current and past nuclear states, and whether or not those states agree to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). (Source: Institute for Science and International Security)
Below is the key to the map:
Iran and Syria are believed to be working on nuclear capabilities, but have not yet succeeded. Even if they were able to enrich uranium, they would not be able to launch a long-range missile attack against the domestic United States. They could deliver an attack against the U.S. navy, U.S. military installations within various regions, smuggle a weapon into the United States, or take advantage of weapon systems such as the Club-K to be within range of the United States. The same goes for Pakistan and North Korea. Only the five nuclear-nations under the NPT currently are able to attach nuclear warheads to ICBMs.
There is serious debate throughout the world over which nations, if any, should be able to develop nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) was designed to prevent the spread of nuclear technology and to encourage disarmament among the already nuclear-capable nations, while allowing nations to peacefully use nuclear technology as an efficient energy source. Only Israel, Pakistan and India have never signed the treaty, while North Korea signed but withdrew in 2003.