Proliferation has been opposed by many nations with and without nuclear weapons, as governments fear that more countries with nuclear weapons will increase the possibility of nuclear warfare (up to and including the so-called countervalue targeting of civilians with nuclear weapons), de-stabilize international or regional relations, or infringe upon the national sovereignty of states. Proliferation across the world various studies examined which countries would acquire nuclear weapons, when this would happen, how many weapons the two superpowers as.
The history of nuclear power thus starts with science in europe, blossoms in the uk and usa with the latter's technological and economic might, languishes for a few decades, then has a new growth spurt in east asia.
Today, nine states have nuclear weapons and many more can easily acquire those, although only five states are officially recognized as possessing nuclear weapons by the 1968 nuclear non- proliferation treaty (npt.
A timeline of nuclear proliferation events france tests its first atomic bomb to become the world's fourth nuclear power, code named gerboise bleue.
A brief history of nuclear weapons states the world's first nuclear weapons explosion on july 16, 1945, in new mexico, when the united states tested its first nuclear bomb not three weeks later, the world changed.