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Four Asian states racing to upgrade their nuclear arsenals

NORTH KOREA has conducted four successful nuclear tests, including one in January. Pyongyang is also making progress on the missile technology needed to deliver an atomic bomb. North Korea's stockpile of nuclear warheads, estimated at 10 to 20, could swell to 100 by 2020, the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies estimates.

INDIA is engaged in a dangerous nuclear race with neighboring Pakistan. New Delhi first tested a nuclear bomb in 1974, code-named Smiling Buddha, and has never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. India possesses nuclear-capable ground-launched missiles and is developing a submarine fleet capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

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