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June 16, 2016
US, Russia cutting nuke arsenals, but modernising: study
Stockholm (AFP) June 12, 2016
The world's biggest nuclear powers, the US and Russia, are slowly reducing their nuclear arsenals but are modernising their capacities, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday. Nine states - the US, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea - had 15,395 nuclear warheads at the start of 2016, including 4,120 which were operationally deployed, the institutes's annual report said. At the beginning of 2015, the number was 15,850. ... read more

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