Nuclear Arsenals, early-1990s and projected to 2012

Early 1990s 2008 Projected 2012
US * 9.680 3.575 1,700-2,200 ***
Russia * 10,996 ** 3,340

1,700-2,200 ***

Britain 260 <160 No Change
France 538 348 <300
China 100-200 Up to 200 Building more capable ones
India n.a. 50-60 Building more
Pakistan n.a. 30-50 Building more
Israel 100-200 100-200 No Change
Iran None None Unknown ****
North Korea Possibly 1 or 2 Up to 10 Under negotiation

* Strategic Warheads
** Soviet Union
*** Allowed under Moscow Treaty
**** Current estimate: 2-10 years from a nuclear capability


Source: The Economist, Vol. 386, no. 8573, March 29th, 2008, p. 80