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Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal keeps growing

Country could soon overtake Britain as world’s fifth largest nuclear weapons power


 

The latest American intelligence assessments on Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal have concluded that the South Asian nation has steadily expanded its nuclear might in recent years, with a total number of deployed weapons now ranging from the mid-90s to more than 110. When President Obama took office, his aides were told that the arsenal “was in the mid-to-high 70s,” according to one official. This new estimate puts Pakistan on track to overtake Britain as the world’s fifth largest nuclear weapons power, highlighting Pakistan’s determination to grow its arsenal, mostly to deter its regional rival, India. The growing numbers also challenge an integral element of Obama’s national security strategy: to reduce nuclear stockpiles around the world. Another worry is Pakistan’s production of nuclear materials. Based on the latest estimates of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, an outside group that estimates worldwide nuclear production, Pakistan has now produced enough material for 40 to 100 additional weapons, including a new class of plutonium bombs.

New York Times


 
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Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal keeps growing

  1. It is known that China gave Pakistan the design of a fission bomb. The Reagan administration turned a blind eye as it badly needed Pakistani help to counter the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Of course, in retrospect that was short-sighted.

    China, to keep India's attention limited to South Asia, has created a global menace in the form of a nuclear Pakistan.

  2. It is known that China gave Pakistan the design of a fission bomb. The Reagan administration turned a blind eye as it badly needed Pakistani help to counter the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Of course, in retrospect that was short-sighted.

    China, to keep India's attention limited to South Asia, has created a global menace in the form of a nuclear Pakistan.

  3. All countries should ban nuclear weapons. They are a threat to humanity. Of course, no country will until the US decides to ban them.

  4. All countries should ban nuclear weapons. They are a threat to humanity. Of course, no country will until the US decides to ban them.

    • There are many countries that have the technical ability to build nuclear weapons, but have chosen not to. The basic technology, after all, has been know for 70 years. Countries like Canada have had the capability to build their own nuclear weapons since that time, but made a decision not to create that capacity internally (not that we didn't arm our forces with nuclear weapons for a time). Others, such as Ukraine, did have nuclear capacity and agreed to get rid of it.

      So it isn't simply a matter of the US being in control. If the US unilaterally disarmed I doubt that would have any effect on Pakistan or Israel, for example. They have nuclear weapons for their own reasons – independent of anything to do with the US.

      • If the nukes in Pakistan or any other country is " independent of anything to do with the US " , as per yourself, then why on earth are the American State Dept. officials losing their sleep in the night … ? Is it not because these Pakistani nukes will now fall in the hands of the Muslim mad dogs, not if but when, and some of them are likely to find their way in the US …. ??!!

  5. @ Sanjoy Das,

    China provided the nuke design to Pakistan in exchange of the prized Uranium enrichment technology stolen from the Dutch lab by Dr AQ Khan. The real damage was done when the CIA prevailed over the Dutch Prime Minister and allowed Dr. AQ Khan to escape from Holland with the stolen design documents, while the US State Dept. gagged the whistle blower Richard Barlow.

  6. @ Sanjoy Das,

    China provided the nuke design to Pakistan in exchange of the prized Uranium enrichment technology stolen from the Dutch lab by Dr AQ Khan. The real damage was done when the CIA prevailed over the Dutch Prime Minister and allowed Dr. AQ Khan to escape from Holland with the stolen design documents, while the US State Dept. gagged the whistle blower Richard Barlow.

  7. No wonder the country could barely eat. One of this days they will find that having nuclear power for weapon is a curse. I hope it will not implode on itself.

  8. No wonder the country could barely eat. One of this days they will find that having nuclear power for weapon is a curse. I hope it will not implode on itself.

  9. There are many countries that have the technical ability to build nuclear weapons, but have chosen not to. The basic technology, after all, has been know for 70 years. Countries like Canada have had the capability to build their own nuclear weapons since that time, but made a decision not to create that capacity internally (not that we didn't arm our forces with nuclear weapons for a time). Others, such as Ukraine, did have nuclear capacity and agreed to get rid of it.

    So it isn't simply a matter of the US being in control. If the US unilaterally disarmed I doubt that would have any effect on Pakistan or Israel, for example. They have nuclear weapons for their own reasons – independent of anything to do with the US.

  10. If the nukes in Pakistan or any other country is " independent of anything to do with the US " , as per yourself, then why on earth are the American State Dept. officials losing their sleep in the night … ? Is it not because these Pakistani nukes will now fall in the hands of the Muslim mad dogs, not if but when, and some of them are likely to find their way in the US …. ??!!

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