Israel has 80 nuclear warhead, can make 115 more

Israel has 80 nuclear warhead, can make 115 more
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:45:49

Israel has at least 80 operative nuclear warheads and has enough material to make more than 190 bombs, a new report by US experts shows.

In a report published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, nuclear weapon proliferation experts Robert S. Norris and Hans M. Kristensen assess that Israel stopped producing nuclear warheads back in 2004 once it reached around 80 munitions.

However, the regime can easily double its arsenal since it has enough fissile material to build at least another 115 bombs, experts say.  

“There are rumors that Israel is equipping some of its submarines with nuclear-capable cruise missiles,” the report says, echoing the 2013 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute yearbook on armament and international security which also suggested Israel could have nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missiles and reported the same assessment of nuke stockpiles.

The suspicions were fueled by the fact that Germany supplied Israel with five Dolphin-class submarines, allegedly capable of launching nuclear missiles, and signed a contract to build a sixth.

It remains unknown how many nuclear warheads of the total inventory could already be deployed, as Israel continues to maintain its long-standing policy of nuclear opacity.

In December 2012, Israel once again dismissed the latest demand from the members of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to join the accord.

Israeli stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction have come under strong scrutiny following the Russian roadmap for the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, which is seen as a significant step towards a WMD-free region.

Recently declassified CIA documents suggest that Israel secretly built up its own stockpile of chemical and biological weapons decades ago.

This has added more fuel to the lingering complaint of Arab states, who constantly accuse Israel of possessing nuclear weapons.

Israel along with six other countries have never ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The report comes as Israel along with the United States has been pushing a massive propaganda against Iran's civilian nuclear program which is being conducted under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.


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