Nuclear weapons often pose a dilemma: as U.S. and Soviet Union raced in the nuclear realm, other countries like China got cautious. As China started developing its program, the nextdoor India got cautious. With India jumping in, Pakistan embarked on its own program.
The posession of so much weapons is fraught with danger. The domain of the nuclear race shows the extent of power pursuit: the U.S.-Soviet race for the supremacy of the international order during the Cold War still leaves them with thousands of weapons; in South Asia, Pakistan and India are adding more stockpile to restore balance.
But balance doesn’t necessarily come with numbers, it comes with range. That’s why when you are dealing with nuclear weapons, you are dealing with a whole new subject. There are states who are responsible with weapons or eager to go that path – and there are states who shunned even when given an opportunity.
Below is the infographic which shows some interesting facts about nuclear weapons. [via EListMania]