Currently, there are an estimated 14,555 nuclear
warheads in the hands of just nine countries. At the top of the list, as compiled by the Federation Of American Scientists
(FAS), are of course Russia
and the U.S.
With a combined arsenal of over 13,000, this particular hangover from the Cold War is still plain to see. Up to now the two have been undergoing programmes of disarmament - of this 13,400, over 5,000 are officially retired and awaiting dismantlement.
In Russian President Putin's annual state-of-the-nation address he made a number of provocative statements aimed squarely at the country's international rivals. In particular focus was Russia's nuclear arsenal, with Putin warning: "Russia still has the greatest nuclear potential in the world, but nobody listened to us...Listen now.". His speech was accompanied by computer simulated videos of missiles (including one which is "invincible"), with one seemingly targeting Florida.