By Hans M. Kristensen
Can they do it? Expectations are high for the July Moscow Summit to produce an agreement to extent the START Treaty and commit to additional nuclear weapons reductions in the future. The following provides quick access to information about nuclear weapons numbers:
US and Russian Total Nuclear Arsenals:
US and Russian Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons:
Other Nuclear Weapon States (Most Recent Overviews):
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