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November 30, 2022

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Nuclear weapons: India spent Rs 7799 crore on nuclear weapons in a year, total nine countries looted $ 82.4 billion

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Defense think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) had claimed that India had 160 nuclear warheads in January 2022 and it appears to be increasing the number of nuclear weapons. In January 2021, India had only 156 nuclear weapons.

India has spent more than one billion dollars (Rs 7799 crore) in a year on the manufacture and maintenance of nuclear weapons. According to an ICAN report on the elimination of global nuclear weapons, the world’s nine nuclear-armed countries have spent a total of $82.4 billion on their nuclear weapons programs in 2021, an increase of eight percent over the year 2020. 2021 saw a significant increase in global nuclear weapons spending.

Defense think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) had claimed that India had 160 nuclear warheads in January 2022 and it appears to be increasing the number of nuclear weapons. In January 2021, India had only 156 nuclear weapons. Pakistan has 165 nuclear weapons.

According to ICAN, a total of $ 1,56,841 has been spent on nuclear weapons in every minute of the year 2021. This is proof of the speed at which the world is moving to create havoc. The report claimed that the US was the largest spender and the US alone has spent more than 50 percent of the total expenditure on nuclear weapons in the world. After this, countries like China, Russia, Britain and France have spent on nuclear weapons. This has been disclosed by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in its annual report on nuclear spending.

Which country spent how much
According to the report, US $ 44.2 billion, China $ 11.2 billion, Russia $ 8.6 billion, United Kingdom $ 6.8 billion, France $ 5.9 billion, India $ 2.3 billion, Israel $ 1.2 billion, Pakistan 1.1 billion. billions and North Korea has spent $642 million on the manufacture and upgrade of nuclear weapons.

Spending on Nuclear Weapons Lobbying
ICAN noted that nuclear weapons producers have also spent hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear weapons lobbying. The report claims that while on one hand $256 has been spent on making nuclear weapons, on the other hand a part of it has been spent on lobbying. Apart from this, nuclear weapons are spent separately in manufacturing and upgrading them.

All Countries Increasing Nuclear Weapons Stocks
Defense think tank Stockholm International Peace Research recently warned that all nine nuclear-armed countries were expanding or upgrading their arsenals. The risk of such weapons being deployed appears high. Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February, openly threatened to use its nuclear weapons.

North Korea spent 642 million dollars
ICAN estimates that North Korea will spend $642 million on nuclear weapons in 2021, while its economy struggles due to UN sanctions and border closures linked to the pandemic. North Korea has carried out a record number of missile launches in the past year. There are concerns that it is preparing for a nuclear test again after 2017. It is estimated that it has 20 nuclear weapons.

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