Who's Really Got The Biggest Nuclear Button?

Currently, there are an estimated 14,555 nuclear warheads in the hands of just nine countries.

Statista's Martin Armstrong points out that at the top of the list, as compiled by the Federation Of American Scientists (FAS), are of course Russia and the U.S.With a combined arsenal of over 13,000, this particular hangover from the Cold War is still plain to see.

Up to now the two have been undergoing programs of disarmament - of this 13,400, over 5,000 are officially retired and awaiting dismantlement.

In Kim Jong-un's New Year's Day speech, he claimed that North Korea's nuclear forces are now "completed", stating that the nuclear launch button is always within his reach.

The FAS does indeed estimate that the country is in possession of between 10 to 20 warheads.

In response to the claim, U.S. President Trump fired back, pointing out that his button is "much bigger & more powerful" - something which can not be disputed, as the infographic  below shows...

Infographic: Who's Got the Biggest Nuclear Button? | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista

Comments

land_of_the_few InnVestuhrr Jan 4, 2018 6:39 AM Permalink

Incorrect, not De Gaulle, it was French PM Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury who was in power briefly in 1957 before de Gaulle and in a different political party.

The main French-Israeli agreement was done in 1957 *before* De Gaulle got back into power in 1958.

Bourgès-Manoury said: "I gave you [Israelis] the bomb in order to prevent another Holocaust from befalling the Jewish people and so that Israel could face its enemies in the Middle East."

Wiki article suggests that De Gaulle was against the cooperation when he got into power in 1958 (after being out of the top posts from 1946) and stopped shipment of reactor fuel materials to Israel to avoid any military use, but the Brits helped Israel by shipping materials to them instead.

De Gaulle was also not in power during the Suez Crisis in 1956.

Additionally, Israel developed and tested all their nukes themselves, much of which was done after De Gaulle left office in 1969.

De Gaulle ended France's cooperation with Israel in 1967 after the Six Day War. He called them "Domineering", an "Expansionist State".

No warheads were ever shipped to Israel from elsewhere.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_and_Israel

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_de_Gaulle

 

 

In reply to by InnVestuhrr

QIG MGTOW_MONERO_XMR Jan 4, 2018 9:28 AM Permalink

Probably not, but just in case one goes off, remember that the Atom Bomb is no different than any other bomb, just bigger.  So if "they" set one off, when the dust settles, we find "them" and turn them, and those behind them as well (like religion, Mullahs or Popes, bankers, or administrators, political figures, and just turn them all into fused glass objects d'art. Not a problem.

In reply to by MGTOW_MONERO_XMR

TBT or not TBT Yen Cross Jan 4, 2018 1:13 AM Permalink

Lot of it in solar wind.  But also, helium is a fuel for further stages of fusion, at higher temperature and pressure, after years have exhausted hydrogen, or in deeper more central layers of stars where temperature and pressure are adequate.  Fusions right up to iron yield energy.  Elements beyond that are theorized to be made mostly in supernova and collisions of neutron stars with other very dense former stars.   

     

In reply to by Yen Cross

Manipuflation Jan 4, 2018 1:11 AM Permalink

So what?  I had a nice talk with Mrs M.  14 years later.  I was terrified the first time I went to Russia.  I didn't had gotten myself into.  I would have been able to function without who was to become Mrs. M.  She was there at Pulkovo 2 airport so I didn't have to march up to Finland.  I brought boots with me just in case.

Mrs.M was terrified when she came the U.S..  I was there for her.  Let's rock this shit.  We have become machines.  She has twice as much cash on hand as I do and we have no debt.  Ochen priyatna.  очень приятно    

FUCK NO on fighting with Russia.  I have all kinds of guns and ammo.  Good for me.  I'm not fighting the Russians.   

Manipuflation Yen Cross Jan 4, 2018 2:18 AM Permalink

Do I really need it?  I'm looking that 2018 Camaro.  I so much want that and the put it in the garage.  I also want another Harley.  I want the Heritage Soft-tail Classic.  I already have three cars and three motorcycles.  This is hard for me.  Do I really need MOAR?  I think have enough. 

Never go full retard.  That Camaro is something that I want though.  It's not about the money.  Do I need that car?  Yes I do.  Why do I need it?  I simply like the 2018 Camaro.  Why do you like a woman?  There can be many reasons.

You all can tell that I am trying to be rational.  I just love the 2018 Camaro.  I have to talk myself out of it....but I can't.  That Camaro makes a statement that can not be denied.

In reply to by Yen Cross

One of these i… Manipuflation Jan 4, 2018 7:57 AM Permalink

Just speak slowly and clearly in English, throwing in the odd native word to keep their attention.

Its' the one thing this country seems to have made that is a world leader.

The language.

Easy to learn the basics, apparently, but best for describing advanced shit.

Other languages are more attractive, but English is the one size fits all version that works best for everyone.

(Bit like my cock really!)

In reply to by Manipuflation

random999 Jan 4, 2018 1:26 AM Permalink

I just wonder, how likely is a nuclear bomb, when launched, to strike a target in another country.

Launched by an ICBM, dropped by a bomber or launched from a bomber.

We now live in the age of lasercannons and A.I and i feel there should be about a million ways to halt something that is flying through the air

One of these i… random999 Jan 4, 2018 8:14 AM Permalink

I've been studying the subject as far as I am able for some time now, and the depressing truth, (AFAICS) is VERY.

Particularly the new russan ones. They have key advantages in terms of post re-entry manouevering, which used correctly will defeat some of te most vaunted ABM systems simply because it has more energy to play with being "thrown" initially with a vastly more powerful engines and having gravity assist with "energy conservation" on the way down.. Lasers of most wavelength are attenuated hugely by the atmosphere and even if you can get the beam "on target" (you have definite limits to the kill zone because you have to keep the beam small) anyone who has ever used a handheld long telescope or similar optical instrument already knows how difficult keeping sharp focus on a moving object a few hundred yards away can be. Adn when they talk about mounting the laser on a plane or other moving platform the problems just get bigger.

There is a terrible complacency about nuclear weapons growing, which I can see because no one protests them any more. everyone has just accepted them into our lives at a grassroots level, and despite the obviously growing threats caused by proliferation and innovation there's a frightening sense of "cest la vie" where we haev all surrendered our concerns as individuals to teh threat.

If we get Nuked we deserve it, because by our silence ad acquiescence at civilians, we allowed it to happen. Bloody things should be really rare now if we had any sense.

In reply to by random999