Israel, which has been regularly accusing Iran of building one atom bomb since at least 1979, has at least 90 nukes of its own, according to the latest released yearbook on the state of armaments and international security issued by the internationally respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
According to the SIPRI report, there are currently nine nations that have nuclear weapons. These countries are the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea).
Together, these nations possess approximately 13,865 nuclear weapons, of which 3750 were deployed with operational forces. Nearly 2000 of these are kept in a state of high operational alert.
China is gradually increasing the size and diversifying the composition of its nuclear arsenal, while India and Pakistan are expanding their military fissile material production capabilities on a scale that may lead to significant increases in the size of their nuclear weapon inventories over the next decade.
Israel, which maintains a policy of neither confirming nor denying the possession of nuclear weapons, has between 80 and 90 warheads in its stockpile, the same as the year before, the institute said.
It comes as tensions between Iran on one side, and the US and Israel - which, thanks to the Jewish lobby’s control of the US government, are one and the same thing - continue to escalate.
The US/Israel has been claiming since at least 1979 that Iran has a nuclear weapon, according to research produced by the Christian Science Monitor.
Most famously, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu produced a diagram before a UN General Assembly session in 2012 claiming that the Iranians were then already only six months away from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Even this this claim is now already nearly seven years old, the same old lie gets regularly rehashed by the US/Israel government, and is faithfully repeated by the Jewish lobby-controlled western media, all in the hope of inciting the West - and Americans in particular - to support yet another war in the Middle East to protect Israel.
The latest claim in the war of lies from Israel came last week, when Netanyahu said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran was “accelerating its nuclear program,” suggesting that it proves Tehran poses a threat.
However, as Russia’s RT news pointed out, the IAEA “indeed confirmed that Iran was on a path to exceed the limit of uranium stockpile set by the nuclear deal, just as Iran said it would. Tehran said the move was in response to the US’ withdrawal from the agreement more than a year ago, as well as the failure of the EU to circumvent American sanctions against companies that dare to do business in Iran.