In 2020, the world's expenditures on nuclear weapons increased by 1.4 billion US dollars. Press office of the ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) reported that on June 7.
According to the initiative, in 2020, the United States, China, Russia, the UK, France, India, Pakistan and North Korea spent 72.6 billion dollars on that purpose. In 2019, the number made 71.2 billion.
The US (USD 37.4 bn), China (USD 10 bn) and Russia (8 bn) made the top three countries that spent the most. At that, France spent 5.7 billion, India - 2.48, Israel - 1.1 billion, Pakistan - 1 billion, and North Korea spent 667 million dollars.
According to researchers, the money was used to facilitate the work of anlytics centers and lobbyists who worked with the topic of nuclear arms.
In October 2020, the UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was ratified for the 50th time; thus, it took effect again in January 2021.
In February 2021, the USA and Russia extended the New START treaty. The document foresess regularly checked restrictions that concern ICBM, heavy bombers and submarine-launched ballistic missiles until February 2026.