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Evidence of a Problem

I was just reading this Guardian article about North Korea’s admission of its nuclear arsenal and it included this quote:

“We have manufactured nukes for self-defence to cope with the Bush administration’s ever more undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the [north],” the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement carried on the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

That’s not good. That’s worse than not good, it’s really scary. I don’t have much more to say other than that.

The article ends with this:

World’s arsenal

The United States More than 5,000 strategic warheads, more than 1,000 tactical (battlefield) weapons and 3,000 reserve and tactical warheads
Russia Nearly 5,000 strategic and 3,500 tactical warheads; more than 11,000 strategic and tactical warheads in store
France Approx 350 strategic warheads
China About 300 strategic and 120 tactical warheads
Britain About 200 strategic warheads
India 45 to 95 nuclear warheads
Pakistan 30 to 50 nuclear warheads
Israel Refuses to confirm it has weapons, but assumed to have up to 200 nuclear warheads

Sources: Arms Control Association; Nuclear Threat Initiative.

No comment needed.

February 10, 2005