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Think tank: Nuclear arms arsenals boosted

June 3, 2013 at 1:35 a.m. | Updated June 3, 2013 at 1:35 a.m.

STOCKHOLM (AP) - China, India and Pakistan have increased their nuclear weapons by about 10 warheads each in the past year, and other nuclear states appear set on maintaining their arsenals, a Swedish think tank said Monday.

At the start of the year, China had raised its number of nuclear warheads to 250 from 240 in 2012 as part of a process to modernize its defense, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said. However it also said China is "highly non-transparent" when it comes to its nuclear arsenal.

SIPRI researcher Pillip Schell said China may continue "the very slight process of increasing" its nuclear arms in the long-term but that there is no sign the country will change its current policy of maintaining a credible deterrent with the smallest possible nuclear arsenal.

"It is not so much about an increase in numbers, but an increase in quality," he said.

Bitter rivals Pakistan and India also increased their arsenals by around 10 warheads each.

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