June 14, 2021 11:09 AM STI

Stockholm [Sweden]June 14 (ANI / Sputnik): The total number of nuclear warheads in global military stocks appears to be increasing this year, a new finding released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reveals.
“The nine nuclear weapon states – the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) – collectively possessed approximately 13,080 nuclear weapons at the start of 2021. This marked a decrease from the 13,400 that SIPRI estimated these states possessed at the start of 2020, ”SIPRI said.
However, SIPRI research shows that this downward trend appears to have stopped.
“Despite this overall decline, the estimated number of nuclear weapons currently deployed with task forces has dropped to 3,825, down from 3,720 last year,” the research institute said.
According to SIPRI, the United States and Russia continued to reduce their arsenals of nuclear weapons in 2020, but it is estimated that they both had about 50 more nuclear warheads in operational deployment at the start of 2021 than a year. earlier.

“The strategic nuclear forces deployed by the two countries have remained within the limits set by the 2010 Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Weapons (New START), although the treaty does not limit total stocks. nuclear warheads, ”SIPRI said.
The institute also pointed out that China is modernizing and expanding its nuclear weapons inventory, alongside India and Pakistan.
In February, Russia and the United States agreed to extend the New START Treaty for five years without renegotiating any of its terms. The treaty, which is due to expire on February 5, 2026, is the only arms control agreement between two countries still in force.
The treaty limits each party’s nuclear arsenal to 1,550 deployed warheads, 800 launchers and 700 missiles. The United States and Russia both reached the central limits of the new START treaty in 2018, and have stayed at or below those limits since then.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden are expected to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues related to strategic stability and arms control at their summit in Geneva on Wednesday, according to the White House. (ANI / Sputnik)

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