Which areas of the world are currently within the reach of a nuclear weapon? Though experts can only estimate the true range of North Korea’s missiles, this graphic shows what we do know about the missile capacities of nuclear-armed states. Missiles in the testing or development phase were excluded due to uncertainty of their maximum range. The distances depicted are the confirmed ranges of currently operational missiles.
The graph compares the maximum nuclear missile range for each country, as well as the missile class.
Russia (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile): 16,000 km
United States (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile): 13,000 km
China (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile): 13,000 km +
United Kingdom (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile): 12,000 km
North Korea (Satellite Launch Vehicle/Intercontinental Ballistic Missile): 10,000 km
France (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile): 8,000 km
Israel (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile): 6,500 km
India (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile): 4,000 km
Pakistan (Medium Range Ballistic Missile): 2,000 km
The map shows the distance that each country’s longest range missile could travel if it were launched from that country’s capital.