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Countries with Nuclear Weapons

Name all the countries that have ever possessed nuclear weapons.
Not counting countries that hold nuclear weapons under the control of another country
Source: Wikipedia
Last updated: January 06, 2018
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China
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France
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India
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North Korea
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Pakistan
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Russia
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United States
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Israel
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South Africa
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level 37
Aug 27, 2012
South Africa for the win!
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level 40
Aug 27, 2012
me too!
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level 20
Dec 4, 2012
Me three!
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level 51
Mar 10, 2018
Me Four!
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level 72
Apr 13, 2018
Meow!
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level 19
Apr 23, 2018
meow six then? I don't know!
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level 22
Nov 20, 2014
No Kidding
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level 44
Nov 20, 2014
Yep.
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level 46
Mar 6, 2015
thx! ;-) (I would never have known that...)
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level 70
Sep 25, 2016
Swing and a miss. Thought sure that Tuvalu used to have "the bomb". :-P
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level 37
Apr 13, 2018
Qué Pasa Amigos?
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level 60
Apr 13, 2018
Me too
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level 74
Apr 20, 2018
I got it by a total guess.
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level 44
Aug 27, 2012
France took me a while but got it with 32 seconds to spare
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level 15
Aug 27, 2012
Add Syria to that list!
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level ∞
Aug 30, 2012
Maybe Iraq too. Oh wait.
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level 44
Nov 20, 2014
It's 2 years later and we're still not sure if Syria and Iraq have nuclear weapons. Also, if you're reading this in 2012, you might wanna warn the CIA about a group called ISIS.
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level 48
Nov 20, 2014
lol
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level 30
Dec 24, 2014
I wish there was a like button on this site.
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level 65
Sep 25, 2016
Yes we are. I'll tell you what we're also sure of: only one country has ever used them.
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level 48
Sep 26, 2016
@tshalla Only one country has used them *in war. They have been used by the soviet union to extinguish gas well fires (with some success).
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level 56
Aug 28, 2012
Ukraine is also a country that had nuclear weapons after the breakup of the soviet union. They gave them up eventually, though.
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level 12
May 16, 2015
Hats off to Ukraine for scrapping of nukes!
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level 48
Sep 26, 2016
Yep. They exchanged them for a promise from Russia never to contest their territorial integrity..... that went well.
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level 19
Apr 23, 2018
oh yeah it did!!
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level 41
Aug 28, 2012
How about the NATO shared nukes, between Belgium, Netherlands, France, etc.
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level 32
Aug 29, 2013
how about former soviet countries that had nuclear weapons
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level 35
Aug 30, 2012
Belarus and Kazakhstan also had nuclear weapons at one time. Under NATO Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Turkey have nuclear weapons.
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level 4
Sep 12, 2012
This is correct, although, as for germany, there were nuclear weapons on their territory, however they were not meant for the Germans to use them themselves (as a result of WWII, Germany wasn't allowed to posses and use Nuclear Weapons, same as Japan). Remember Germany was divided in 4 allied zones after the war, so in East Germany there probably were USSR Nuclear weapons at the time). As the allied forces startet withdrawing after the wall fell, they took the Nuclear Weapons with them. Regarding Italy I'm not sure, Belgium, The Netherlands and Turkey have US Nuclear Weapons, which they can use under NATO command. Ukraine, Kazachstan and Belarus used to have Nuclear Weapons at the time the USSR split up, this is correct also. They all should be added to this Quiz in my opinion, with the exeption or Germany and perhaps Italy (someting to investigate before altering).
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level 33
Nov 20, 2014
Come to my nuclear quiz. It is much larger.
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level 41
Jul 10, 2013
The quiz states "•Not counting countries that hold nuclear weapons but that are under the control of a different country."
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level 21
Sep 25, 2016
...because NATO is a country.
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level 53
Apr 13, 2018
In some ways, it is. The EU acts in many ways as a country, though it isn't one.
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level 12
Sep 24, 2012
South Africa was a difficult guess for me..got it just in time though.. i thought there would be more former USSR countries here..
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level 70
Apr 14, 2018
well, lesotho and swaziland were huge threats back in the days
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level 15
Apr 26, 2018
I got the quiz with 1:06 left couldn’t think of South Africa 👍🏻
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level 13
Sep 26, 2012
how did i forget pakistan? never would have guessed israel.
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level 32
Aug 29, 2013
NEVER? look at israel now, they are a threat to arab
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level 50
Jun 20, 2014
Uh... it's the other way around. They are surrounded by people who hate them.
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level 73
Nov 20, 2014
Israel is no threat to its neighbors except that their neighbors are all bent on the destruction of Israel. This makes Israel a threat... sort of in the same way that keeping an unloaded handgun in a locked and secure case and some bullets in a drawer in the next room is a threat to your well being if you have suicidal tendencies.
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level 36
Nov 22, 2014
@smartcookie17 uh... no it's not.
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level 54
Nov 22, 2014
I am pretty damn sure Israel is a threat to Palestinians.
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level 73
Nov 24, 2014
It's hard to say what someone means when they say Palestinians, but in any case, what I said still stands.
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level 24
Aug 16, 2015
Both are threats to eachother. Yes alot of neighbouring nations want Isreal gone, or at least they wanted to. On the other hand, saying that Israel is no threat to its neighbours is redicilous aswell as Israel has and still atttacks its neighbourgs on various occasions while those neighbours have not attacked Israel recently at all.
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level 73
Sep 25, 2016
@tuub, when has Israel attacked any of its neighbors in aggression and not defense or retaliation? The closest example I can think of to that is 1956 when Israel conspired with Britain and France to seize the Sinai and Suez from Egypt; though that was in response to Egypt's nationalization of the Sinai and blocking Israeli shipping which could be seen as an act of aggression, and the Americans forced Israel to give back the Sinai and the British to back down. It also hardly is indicative of a willingness by Israel to use nuclear weapons to utterly destroy an enemy; whereas many of Israel's neighbors have expressed a desire to utterly destroy Israel.
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level 73
Sep 25, 2016
and what do you mean by "recently?" The last rocket fired from Gaza at Israel landed last month.
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level 63
Sep 25, 2016
They are surrounded by people who hate them because they made themselves hated. Who decides to come onto someone's country, rename it and take power over it, while oppressing the original citizens? not to mention, legally, palestinians should have some land, but there are over 150 israeli settlements on their LEGAL land. this is why people hate them.
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level 57
Sep 25, 2016
There was never a country called "Palestine". Therefore Israel couldn't have "stolen" it.
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level 74
Sep 25, 2016
"Who decides to come onto someone's country, rename it and take power over it, while oppressing the original citizens?" Stromae, you could fill a book with people or nations who did that - oh, wait, someone did fill a book - it's called History of the World. The book just keeps getting larger.
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level 65
Sep 25, 2016
Kalbahamut, reading from the Israeli Apologist Playbook. I think he missed chapter 7. Other than that, I think he has it all covered. Stick to trivia and leave historical analysis to the less glossy-eyed.
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level 73
Sep 25, 2016
tshalla I'm sorry you are confused about this.
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level 65
Sep 25, 2016
Not confused in the least. You've trotted out just about every tired excuse for Israeli apartheid there is.
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level 75
Sep 25, 2016
tshalla, you haven't refuted anything that kalbahamut said. Does teaching children to hate all Jews and swear their destruction count as a kind of "apartheid"? The entire culture surrounding Israel is bent on their destruction.
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level 65
Sep 25, 2016
No, that would not be apartheid. It would be something else awful. When we use terms like terrorism, we have to use them consistently - applying them equally to all relevant cases. When we talk of things like apartheid and fascism, we conjure particular historical cases. If there's an analogy to be made to those cases, inevitably there will be significant differences, but there must be something essential that connects a case to the historical cases we're using for comparison. One example: when I was at Yad Vashem I was captivated by the display about the Warsaw ghetto. I was struck years later by the similarities between that walled/fenced, racially-demaracated neighbourhood and the new Israeli wall separating Palestinians in the West Bank from each other and Israel (to say nothing of the prison that is Gaza). The language justifying the walls in Poland and Palestine is eerily similar. Fascism, in any form, bothers me anywhere. Does it only bother you in certain cases?
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level 73
Sep 26, 2016
you're so confused you don't realize you are confused, which is why attempting to have a conversation is pointless. So I can only express my regret and sympathy. I haven't said anything that was meant to excuse anything, I've only stated pretty plain and uninteresting facts. Also I don't think you know what the word apologetics means.
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level 65
Sep 27, 2016
Basic principle: declare some criteria by which your terms are to be judged and then apply these equally in all cases. Anything short of this will quickly descend into apologetics. This'll be tough for an Americo-phile, but try.
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level 73
Oct 2, 2016
Point out one instance where I've applied unequal standards to anyone. I'm guessing the problem here is in your biased perception. You seem to assume an awful lot of intentions or prejudices that I do not have. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe you see others as biased because YOU are biased? Of course not. :P Prove any instance where I've been inconsistent and if I see the comment I will admit it and thank you for pointing it out. Throw insults without any proof and I'll continue not taking you seriously.
Also I am not a patriot or a nationalist. I respond to bigots who are unfairly prejudiced against or critical of the USA or Israel. Because there are so many of these people, it might appear like I am in favor of or especially enamored with these countries. I'm not. I left the US almost a decade ago and have no intention of going back. Israel is a fascinating place but I'd never want to live there and don't support the idea of countries based on religions.
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level 24
Nov 4, 2016
@kalbahamut, How about its recent actions (see airstrikes) in Syria and Lebanon? The neighbours of Israel never expressed a desire to utterly destroy Israel, they only expressed such desire to its government and its status as a country, not the country itself. On top of that i do not think the history should be forgotten in this matter. Israel, or Jewish settlers back in the day, contributed massively to the hatred that Palestinians, Arabs and many others feel today when they look at Israel. The current Israëli government, nor any Israëli government over the past years have done anything to settle relations with Palestine or with its neighbours. In fact, the amount of countries criticizing Israel on its policy regarding its neighbours, especially Palestine, is only increasing in recent years and will continue as long as they keep following such agressive policy and as long as they refuse to make peace with their neighbours.
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level 68
Apr 21, 2017
Israel is very secret in their war against the Arab world. They support and orchestrate the overthrow of secular regimes, such as in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. They then have their giant puppet (USA) go in and destroy those nations.
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level 73
Apr 13, 2018
tuub: I'll be honest I haven't been closely following recent current events like I usually do; but then I guess it doesn't matter as I see your comment was left 2 years ago and I don't feel like going back to see what exactly was going on that week.
Israel's neighbors never expressed a desire to destroy Israel (the country), only to destroy it's status as a country? How does that make sense? I guess... you could say that some of Israel's neighbors have *merely* expressed their hellbent intent to commit wholesale genocide against all the *people* of Israel.. so... that might be comforting to the rocks there? Iran did mention wanting to wipe Israel off the map. That could be interpreted as a threat to the geography, though I'm sure you're right and they only meant it metaphorically- ending Israeli sovereignty, destroying it's democracy and government, rounding up and murdering all of its citizens, demolishing its history. Don't know why Israelis would feel threatened by that.
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level 73
Apr 13, 2018
I also don't think history should be forgotten. Not so much because it's actually relevant to the best course of action today- I don't believe that it is- but rather because the history of the region is so heavily politicized and mythologized and spun in to so many false narratives that are used to justify actions and political agendas today that it is useful to know the true history to try and deconstruct some of those narratives.

If you believe that hatred of Jews and Israelis is entirely justified and the conflict is all one-sided, then I humbly submit that you do not know your history very well. I'm not saying that Israelis are without fault; I'm not saying that forming religious ethno-states is a good idea; but I am saying the history is not nearly as simple or one-sided as your comment implies you believe it is. And hatred of Jews amongst Muslims goes back to the time of Muhammad, well before there was an Israel.
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level 73
Apr 13, 2018
Believing that the United States is a puppet of Israel is a sure sign of extreme ignorance.
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level 53
Apr 13, 2018
Of course, all of this discussion neglects the evidence for an Israeli conquest of Palestine at some point between 2000 and 1000 BC (http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2007/05/Extra-Biblical-Evidence-for-the-Conquest.aspx#Article).
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level 73
Apr 13, 2018
Aesthus: there is pretty good evidence that a Jewish kingdom of some sort existed in Israel/Palestine at some point in ancient history, and there is even good evidence that there was a real King David. However, evidence for Moses and Joshua and their conquest of Canaan as described in the book of Joshua really is non-existent. Israelis have looked very hard to find such evidence and have in the end had to admit that in all likelihood Moses was a myth.

But... whether Moses, Joshua (probably no), David, and Solomon (probably yes) were real or not, does that have some bearing on the discussion about Israel being a threat to its neighbors? Or you were just saying that Jews were there before Arabs?
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level 72
Apr 14, 2018
Wouldn't much fancy having Hezbollah and Hamas for neighbours.
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level 32
Jul 2, 2014
its both alright?
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level 35
Apr 18, 2018
Israel are a threat to its neighbours? Good. Because if they weren't, they would all be slaughtered.

Israel send missiles to take out Hamas and Hezbollah? Good. This makes the world a safer place.

Israeli settlers settle the West Bank? Good. This will help them protect themselves.

Israel cooperates with US intentions in the region? Great. Better than Russia/China/Iran.

Israelis build a wall between themselves and the Palestinians? Great. This means they can live in peace.
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level 73
Apr 19, 2018
"Israeli settlers settle the West Bank? Good. This will help them protect themselves."

What? This will help whom protect themselves? The Israelis? How? It antagonizes people and puts many Israelis in danger. I don't necessarily agree with all your other statements though I could at least follow your logic. I don't get this one at all, though.
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level 17
Dec 6, 2012
*facepalm* Forgot the communist country, NOTH KOREA... -.-
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level 44
Oct 8, 2014
North Korea is not commie. Nor are any countries except some places in Israel. China, Vietnam, Laos, North Korea etc. Are corrupted communism, for communism is very easily corrupted. Non corrupted communism is a good thing. =)
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level 48
Nov 20, 2014
Every man-made system is corrupt. A full communist utopia will never be achieved.
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level 75
Nov 23, 2014
"North Korea: Where if they would only do Communism better, it would be a Good Thing!!!" (copyright Tristan363)
Ridiculous
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level 73
Sep 25, 2016
Uncorrupted communism will never exist because it is based on a false premise. Capitalism does not increase poverty it does the opposite. The proletariat are not growing in number and desperation ready to overthrow the oligarchy, and even if they were they would never be able to do so in a way that truly abolishes class or property etc- that's just an absurd fantasy that doesn't work. Everyone, including the poor and working class, are getting wealthier and wealther and have been since the industrial revolution- making them fat and complacent. Not revolutionaries.
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level 65
Sep 29, 2016
Was this from your application to Davos? Did it work?
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level 73
Apr 13, 2018
I wonder if we could come up with an equation to determine when the mental capacity of certain individuals completely failed. Similar to how you can calculate the coefficient of friction on a car tire's surface: depending on how much friction there is there is a certain amount of force the tire can devote to acceleration, braking, and turning. If that force is exceeded then the tires spin and you end up in a ditch.
In similar fashion I notice some people have such tiny brains that it seems that when they try to do complex things like breathe and type simultaneously there is nothing left over in the way of meaningful words that their fingers can produce. I imagine their minds like wilted sad balloons inside their empty skulls, struggling furiously to come up with something intelligent to say to support their ignorant political or economic ideas, failing, one seam along the edge popping open, then the whole organ sputtering into the ditch as it whines out Davoooosssssss..
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level 53
Apr 13, 2018
There is admittedly an unusually high amount of self-caused and self-prolonged poverty in the United States, an unusually capitalist country, which supports that evidence. When a significant portion of those in poverty are only in poverty due to self-caused addiction, it's bad, yes, but it does imply that society, on the whole, is getting better - because the poverty rate would be lower if not for this self-caused addiction. (Of course, that exists everywhere in the world, but the fact is it's easier than ever in countries like the U.S. for even the poor to maintain addiction.)
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level 73
Apr 13, 2018
Name one country anywhere in the world, including Africa, Asia, or Latin America, where human development since adopting capitalist and industrialist principles is now lower than it was before capitalism (that would mean an economic system based on mercantilism, serfdom, despotism, fascism, and/or slavery depending on the country). This doesn't count temporary slumps brought on by civil war or governmental collapse.

No? Okay, how about name one country in the world that was officially communist, then later adopted a market economy, and is now worse off.

No again? Okay, how about stick your fingers in your ears and your head in the sand and go on pretending that all the world's problems are caused by evil capitalists without really understanding what the term even means. Yeah? okay. That works.
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level 35
Apr 18, 2018
Here we go again.... 'There's nothing wrong with communism, no one's tried it properly yet that's all....'. That's what they said back in 1910..... 80-100 million deaths later, most of the human race has come to the conclusion communism doesn't work....

How can you be so brain dead?
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level 44
Dec 23, 2012
HOW did I get South Africa and miss Pakistan?!?
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level 31
Jan 5, 2013
Only missed Pakistan. Hooooowwwww, exactly, did I manage that?
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level 18
Dec 24, 2015
I also missed Pakistan! Crazy
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level 73
Jan 8, 2013
got all the ones that still have them in a flash.... took me a while to get South Africa. I had no idea that they used to have nukes. I guessed every West European country, every former SSR and Soviet client state, and pretty much every other British commonwealth country before I got to South Africa.
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level 48
Feb 13, 2013
Ha, doing this quiz at work, my colleague says "How come South Africa don't have one anymore? When did they use it?"
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level 56
Nov 20, 2014
South Africa armed up for the South African border war with Angola and their Cuban allies. they were decommissioned in 1990 voluntarily.
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level 74
Sep 25, 2016
How did they get one in the first place?
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level 75
Sep 25, 2016
I have this same question. Did they have their own development program or was it acquired from someone else?
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level 60
Oct 1, 2016
In short, they got a peaceful nuclear reactor from the States in the late 50's, then developed the technology on their own through to the 70's, with possible collaboration with Pakistan and maybe Israel, who were doing the same thing. South Africa has a lot of uranium, so they were able to create nuclear technology for legitimate use in mining in the 80's. It appears that they developed the delivery system and planned an underground test, secretly. Soviet spyplanes noticed it, notified America, who pressured them into stopping. At least one successful test probably happened, and SA, fearing an African domino effect, used their nuclear deterrent to get communist Cuban and Angolan troops out of the region in 1988. That done, they dismantled in 1989.
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level 60
Oct 1, 2016
That was not nearly as short as I hoped. On the subject of WMDs, South Africa also developed biological and chemical weapons, again for use against Communist forces—only dismantled with the end of apartheid. To be honest, the disarmament may have been to keep the weapons from the new government.
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level 47
Apr 13, 2018
The South Africans were cooperating with Israel in the early days of both countries' nuclear weapons programmes.
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level 53
Apr 13, 2018
They actually had six nuclear weapons (seven as recounted in the fortunately fictional The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden).
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level 73
Feb 14, 2013
You should make this quiz 1 minute.
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level 65
Jun 10, 2016
Agree.
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level 30
Apr 8, 2013
Easy! With 2 minutes to spare
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level 26
Aug 15, 2013
3:32 mins to spare.
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level 33
Dec 1, 2013
3:34 HA-HA!
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level 33
Feb 24, 2014
3:46 HAHA!
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level 44
Oct 8, 2014
3:48 HAHA!
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level 60
Nov 15, 2015
1:29! HA HA HA! Wait....
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level 33
Dec 9, 2013
Come and check out my nuclear countries quiz. It is bigger and way better
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level 42
May 16, 2016
U should also come to mine as it has all the countries that currently own nuclear weapons and their bordering countries!!!
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level 33
Mar 13, 2014
AND! Madagascar. They just don't have the equipment to use it. They used to be a strong economy country. Then they built a nuke and the only thing the nuked destroyed was their economy. They asked France to take it, but France said no.
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level 20
Mar 25, 2014
A bit embarassing that i'm from South Africa and it's the only one I didn't get :(
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level 10
Mar 25, 2014
How about iran? they've been on the news for a nuclear program...
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level 24
Aug 16, 2015
Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons nor is there any proof at all that they are even thinking of making any. Yes politicians and media cry out loud that Iran wants to build nukes but even the CIA and the Mossad admitted openly that those claims where just fairytales and that there has been no proof of such things. The Nuclear Program of Iran is one of peacefull purposes, think of electricity and medical stuff.
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level 73
Jul 7, 2018
Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons but you'd have to be brain dead to think that their nuclear program wasn't about making weapons. They are sitting on some of the largest oil reserves in the world. They have among the largest natural gas reserves in the world. They also have considerable geothermal energy production. Iran is one of the world's top energy exporters and they also sell off huge amounts of surplus electricity because their current power plants produce so much more than they need. The "medical stuff" excuse also does not hold up under even minimal scrutiny. And you think we believe in fairy tales?
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level 75
Sep 25, 2016
tuub, do you really believe that? "nor is their any proof at all that they are even thinking of making any" is demonstrably false. "the CIA and Mossad admitted openly that those claims were just fairytales"; link please? They say regularly that they believe the Iranians are working on a bomb.
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level 24
Nov 4, 2016
joeythelemur, So you believe that you have more evidence than most intelligence agencies around the world? I'd like to see that if you don't mind. Here are some sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/world/middleeast/us-agencies-see-no-move-by-iran-to-build-a-bomb.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/23/leaked-spy-cables-netanyahu-iran-bomb-mossad http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/leaks-netanyahu-misled-iran-nuclear-programme-guardian-iran-nuclear-speech-2012-150218165622065.html https://www.rt.com/news/mossad-iran-nuclear-programme-851/ The entire reason why western media have been whining about it is because Iran is not a pro-western country. In fact, now that a deal has been reached, how much of that whining do you still hear? Pretty much nothing even though the deal has changed Iran's nuclear program in any way.
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level 73
Jul 7, 2018
The Western world is concerned about the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran because the country is led by religious zealots who have expressed a desire to commit genocide, because they are a known state sponsor of terrorism, and also because they are belligerent and act as a rogue nation. It's perfectly reasonable to not want such countries to have such weapons.
There's also this thing called the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
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level 18
Apr 17, 2014
Ukraine, Belarus and Kazhakstan are also former countries with nuclear weapons
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level 33
May 20, 2014
I have that on my quiz, come check it out!
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level 15
May 2, 2014
Forgot North Korea HOW!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 44
May 20, 2014
Is it bad that I got all of them with 3:39 left because of the really, REALLY old Youtube video End of Ze World? xD
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level 53
Nov 4, 2017
Hey, at least you have the knowledge. ;)
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level 44
May 22, 2018
I got it that way too.....
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level 4
May 26, 2014
100% for first time
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level 5
Jun 19, 2014
wow it took me a long time. But why did South Africa need a bomb/
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level 54
Jun 20, 2014
why is south africa on here? lol. formerly having weapons doesn't really count for much.
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level 71
Sep 30, 2014
It counts for a lot. It shows South Africa grew up.
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level 31
Jul 16, 2014
the quiz should be about the countries that we know they have, cz many other countries have but we dont know about such as Israel, Iran, Iraq etc
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level 73
Nov 20, 2014
Iran and Iraq don't have them. Israel does.
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level 78
Nov 20, 2014
On the upside, these are all stable democracies, so we have nothing to worry about.
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level 60
Nov 20, 2014
North Korea
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level 73
Nov 20, 2014
and Pakistan. I think he was probably joking.
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level 46
Nov 20, 2014
yep definitely joking!
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level 14
Nov 20, 2014
Easy! Did it with 1:54 to spare
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level 8
Nov 20, 2014
nice quiz
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level 20
Nov 20, 2014
Please accept Democratic People's Repuloc of Korea, and DPRK, as it is it's official name
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level 53
Nov 4, 2017
Or you can make it easier on yourself and call it North Korea.
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level 35
Apr 18, 2018
Yes- it's an insult to democracy to call North Korea 'democratic'-regardless of their official name.
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level 75
Nov 20, 2014
I agree that the NATO countries (eg. Turkey, Italy) which had nukes on their soil but didn't control them independently shouldn't be included. However, the former Soviet states (Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan) which had them for a brief time probably should be part of the list. Ukraine, for example was I believe, in fact, in control of their nuclear weaponry shortly and only agreed to give them up after negotiations with other countries and assurances from Russia that their sovereignty would be respected- which, of course, ended up not being the case.
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level 57
Aug 20, 2017
I agree
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level 74
Apr 20, 2018
Yes, if you don't have the codes, you don't control the nukes.
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level 13
Nov 20, 2014
Got all of them except for South Africa.
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level 4
Nov 21, 2014
Same and since when was south africa not a country?
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level 75
Nov 23, 2014
The "former" label means they formerly had nuclear weapons, not that South Africa is a "former country".
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level 49
Nov 24, 2014
Am I the only one who used Tom Lehrer's "Who's Next?" song to find most of them? (I know people use his "Elements" song on the Elements quiz.)
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level 30
Dec 24, 2014
Quizmaster - (Maybe Iraq too. Oh wait.) I do wish there was a like button on this site.
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level 71
Jan 22, 2015
Well, in a way, Japan possessed two atomic bombs for a short period.
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level 74
Sep 25, 2016
Not even a little bit funny.
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level 32
Sep 27, 2016
I thought it was.
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level 16
Jun 12, 2017
CosaNostra, then I suggest you to seek the closest mental hospital.
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level 34
May 30, 2017
Ha - ha
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level 58
Apr 17, 2018
har har.
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level 56
Apr 25, 2015
I bet there are more than that who have them, but haven't acknowledged it.
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level 60
Oct 1, 2016
Doubt it. It's pretty difficult to hide, and almost impossible to develop from scratch without anyone knowing.
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level 31
Jun 2, 2015
Am I the only one who tried Soviet Union? Seems to me it was rather famously a country that possessed nuclear weapons.
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level 8
Jul 3, 2015
I tried USSR, but when didn't work, immediately did Russia.
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level 59
Nov 8, 2015
Hmm, I wonder why it's not acknowledged that Israel has..... relax, folks, it's just satire.
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level 21
Nov 30, 2015
I understood the with the break-up of the Soviet Union that Ukraine ended up with nuclear weapons and in the 90s they gave up nuclear weapons in return for a guarantee that Russia would respect its borders.
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level 74
Sep 25, 2016
And how did that work out for them?
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level 51
Dec 15, 2015
Me four!!!!!
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level 31
Jan 21, 2016
umm when did south africa have nukes i got it right after naming off african countries that might have nukes with 1:55 i completed it but really
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level 42
Mar 22, 2016
come try my quiz about nuclear weapons and the countries that border them. click on my name and you should find it
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level 13
Apr 23, 2016
Iran may or may not... they have nuclear power and nuclear capable missiles for sure. they aren't very open about what they are using it for.
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level 53
Nov 4, 2017
They don't. Are they trying to develop them? Yes, but they don't have them.
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level 65
Jun 10, 2016
1% didn't get USA!!!
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level 39
Jun 13, 2016
Got 100%. South Africa was a lucky guess - I didn't actually know that they ever had nuclear weapons.
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level 32
Sep 25, 2016
Pakistan and India??, Really??
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level 60
Oct 1, 2016
That's often considered the most probable cause of nuclear war, especially with the Kashmir controversy.
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level 41
Sep 25, 2016
Libya had them until recently. Was only public knowledge when ISIS were steering towards their territory and they had them and the UN or US got them moved to Germany apparently to be destroyed.
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level 25
Oct 20, 2016
Easy
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level 43
Dec 28, 2016
In 30 seconds. But, I must ask, how did 1% of people not get the USA?
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level 74
Apr 20, 2018
Maybe got interrupted and didn't finish the quiz? Or maybe, like I sometimes do, thought they'd already typed it.
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level 41
Jan 4, 2017
Ukrine? After declaring thier independence from the Soviet Union, they were immediately propelled to third place in their number of nukes. They then gave them all back to Russia.
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level 66
Sep 22, 2017
I came to post this too, but I'm guessing they fall under the disclaimer "Not counting countries that hold nuclear weapons under the control of another country."
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level 20
Mar 26, 2017
Uh ive no idea whether israel is a threat or whatever...but what i do know is that their intelligence is one among the finest in the world...good quiz b/w;)
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level 34
May 17, 2017
cant believe I got everything except Russia. Dissapointed in myself.
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level 4
May 23, 2017
I did not realize any African country had a large enough economy to actually research, test, and develop nuclear weapons. The more you know...
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level 39
Aug 19, 2017
I got them all except for the United States. I am so stupid.
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level 19
Apr 23, 2018
so that was the 1% without the USA!!!
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level 46
Nov 12, 2017
How tf did i forget China?
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level 29
Nov 16, 2017
Ukraine should also be on this list, as they had the third highest amount after gaining independence, but they decommissioned all of them.
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level 46
Apr 14, 2018
Kazakhstan and Belarus had some as well.
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level 14
Dec 21, 2017
crappy kawoozie south africa....
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level 46
Jan 19, 2018
This was a question on one of our social-studies/history/geography tests back in 9th grade
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level 58
Apr 13, 2018
South Africa matured, the rest didn't.
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level 35
Apr 18, 2018
No, that is just plain wrong. SA didn't need them anymore, so they could get rid of them. The US and allies must have nuclear weapons, because Russia, China and allies have them. It's called deterrence. If US and allies got rid of their the entire world would be defenceless.
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level 12
Apr 13, 2018
The moment I attended the quiz, I quit the quiz. I must admit I did it because the quiz was not so nice.
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level 73
Apr 13, 2018
So who is it that stuck around and visited the comments section?
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level 55
Apr 13, 2018
'countries that have ever posessed'... I remember one that had so many there was a 40 year stand-off required to face down the threat. USSR anyone?
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level 67
Apr 18, 2018
Yes. And this country is considered distinct from Russia on other quizzes (e.g. Olympic medal winners).
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level 15
Apr 14, 2018
What a guess I got South Africa I was just spamming big powerful countries until I got it right
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level 46
Apr 14, 2018
Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan all had nuclear weapons after the fall of the USSR in 1991. Belarus had 81, Kazakhstan had 1,400 and Ukraine had over 5,000. Kazakhstan gave them up in 1995, and Ukraine and Belarus gave them up in 1996. You should add them.
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level ∞
Apr 15, 2018
Read the description again.
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level 73
Apr 15, 2018
Ukraine returned theirs to Russia as part of a deal where Russia promised to always respect Ukrainian sovereignty.

They should have kept the nukes.
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level 19
Apr 23, 2018
and then make Russia go boom boom
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level 26
May 3, 2018
India has nukes
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level 73
Jul 7, 2018
and?
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level 44
May 22, 2018
Maybe the USSR should be included in this quiz, alongside Russia. It would be listed as a country that formerly had nuclear weapons.