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The threat of nuclear war is now at its highest since the end of the Cold War as Russia, the US and China stockpile their arsenals, a startling report warns

Nuclear attrition is now more likely than at any time since the end of the Cold War, according to a startling new report.

Global superpowers are being warned against stockpiling their nuclear arsenals and replacing old technologies with new, horrific weapons.

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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released the new report as it warned that the risk of using nuclear weapons is now higher than at any time since the height of the Cold War.

Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea are the world’s nine nuclear powers.

And amid tensions over Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Xi Jinping’s ambitions to seize Taiwan, and Kim Jong-un’s quest for even more nuclear weapons, the world is on a razor’s edge.

Nine nuclear powers could soon become ten – with Iran also striving for its own nuclear weapons.

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Nuclear weapons have only been used in combat once before, when the US dropped two bombs on Japan in a controversial move thought to have ended World War II.

The weapons are the most destructive devices ever made by mankind – casting the shadow of Armageddon over the world since 1945.

Nuclear weapons have the power to level cities, kill millions, render contaminated areas uninhabitable, change the weather, and ravage health for generations.

And terrifying new weapons are still in development, with Russia bragging about having “killed Satan 2 nationally” and China fearing having launched a game-changing hypersonic missile.

SIPRI warned that an estimated 12,705 nuclear weapons are operational and in stock around the world – with the US and Russia having the largest arsenals.

Global stockpiles have fallen slightly in 2022 – but experts warn this is simply due to the decommissioning of older nuclear weapons.

And while some warheads are being phased out, nations are trying to improve and modernize their weapons.

SIPRI warns that the number of nuclear weapons “is likely to increase over the next decade”.

It estimates that around 2,000 nuclear weapons – almost all owned by Russia or the US – were kept on “high alert”.

The risk of using nuclear weapons now appears higher than at any time since the height of the Cold War

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Dan Smith, Director of SIPRI, said: “Although there have been some significant advances in both nuclear arms control and nuclear disarmament over the past year, the risk of using nuclear weapons now appears higher than at any time since the height of the Cold War. “

SIPRI warns China ‘amid significant expansion of its nuclear arsenal’.

Satellite images show 300 new missile silos are being built, new missile launchers and submarines have been deployed, and Beijing is believed to have allocated more warheads to its armed forces.

North Korea has now assembled an estimated 20 warheads – with estimates for previous years only counting potential weapons based on their nuclear material.

Wilfred Wan, director of the SIPRI Weapons of Mass Destruction program, said: “All nuclear-armed states are increasing or upgrading their arsenals, and most are sharpening their nuclear rhetoric and the role that nuclear weapons play in their military strategies.”

The report notes that Iran and the US may be trying to restart negotiations to revive the nuclear deal, which was scrapped by former US President Donald Trump.

In the deal, Iran pledged not to use nuclear weapons in return for lifting sanctions.

However, Israel has warned that Iran is already dangerously close to developing a nuclear weapon, despite Tehran’s denials.

Hans M. Kristensen, Associate Senior Fellow of the SIPRI Weapons of Mass Destruction Program, said, “There are clear signs that the reductions that have characterized global nuclear arsenals since the end of the Cold War have ended.”

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