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Brazil has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but experts suspect it may be working on a nuclear bomb. The country is allowed to legally enrich uranium for its nuclear submarines, but nobody knows what happens to the fuel once it is on restricted military bases.
In October 2009, the prestigious American periodical Foreign Policy published an article titled "The Future Nuclear Powers You Should Be Worried About." According to the author, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Burma, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela are the next candidates -- after Iran -- for membership in the club of nuclear powers. Despite his interesting arguments, the author neglected to mention the most important potential nuclear power: Brazil.
Nowadays, Brazil is held in high esteem by the rest of the world. Its president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has become a star on the international stage. "That's my man right here," US President Barack Obama once said, in praise of his Brazilian counterpart. Lula, as he is known, can even afford to receive Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with all honors and demonstratively endorse his nuclear program, for which Iran is now ostracized around the world.
Lula da Silva's self-confidence is indicative of Brazil's claim to the status of a major power -- including in military terms. The military claim is reflected in the country's National Defense Strategy, which was unveiled in late 2008. In addition to the mastery of the complete nuclear fuel cycle -- which has since been achieved -- the document calls for the building of nuclear-powered submarines.
the Russian Federation still possesses the most nuclear bombs of any country (according to official reports anyway).
Russia - Estimated Destructive Power ~2030 megaton
U.S. - Estimated Destructive Power ~1800 megaton
Little Boy | 1945 op Hiroshima l 15 kiloton
Fat Man | 1945 op Nagasaki : 21 kiloton
Joe-4 | The first hydrogen bomb from the Sovjets: 400 kiloton
Tsar Bomba | The biggest explosion in recorded history : 50.000 kiloton
B61 | Combat ready delivered by combat airplane: 340 kiloton
DF-31 |Combat ready delivered by cruise missile : 140 kiloton