Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY: The Nuclear Club: Who are the 9 members?
Nine countries are known to possess nuclear weapons.
The United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea have among them approximately 15,850 nuclear weapons — 4,300 of them deployed with operational forces, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
The institute, an independent organization whose research centers on global security, said 1,800 of those weapons are kept in a state of high operational alert.
The number of nuclear weapons in the world is declining, mainly because Russia and the United States are reducing their stockpiles. The two countries' arsenals make up more than 90% of nuclear weapons globally, according to the institute.
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CSN Editor: Nine today .... tomorrow .... who knows?