As fear of nuclear war surged to the highest levels since the Cold War in 2022, the global arsenal of nuclear weapons available for use by the armed forces of the nine nuclear-armed states has increased, shows the latest edition of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor, which was launched on 29 March 2023. See the key findings and download the report here.
26 Mar 2023
The world’s nuclear arsenals at the beginning of 2023
The prohibitions of the TPNW in 2022
Russian media have reported that on 11 April 2023 Russian forces launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Russian territory (Astrakhan) with a training warhead that hit a mock target at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. This raises questions regarding Kazakhstan’s compliance with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) calls for tenders for senior research consultancy services for the production of the 2022 edition of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor. The scope of the services sought are 5-10 consultancies for up to 400 hours each in the period November 2022-March 2023, depending on the combination of the qualifications and availability of the chosen bidders.
Stuart Casey-Maslen has written an insightful blog for the Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor about the statement by Dimitri Medvedev on 27 September 2022 that Russia had the right to defend itself with nuclear weapons if pushed beyond its limits, including to defend annexed territory in Ukraine, and that this was “certainly not a bluff”. Medvedev's statement raises interesting—as well as disturbing—questions under international law.
The nine nuclear-armed states had a combined arsenal of 12,705 nuclear warheads at the beginning of 2022.
BLOG POST: The tragedy of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the suffering of Ukrainian civilians faced with the siege tactics of Russian ground and air forces has also served to raise the nuclear temperature.
The UK Government announced on 16 March that it will massively increase its nuclear arsenal and thus its military ability to obliterate cities around the world.