UK to step up nuclear cooperation with US

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New documents have revealed that Britain is stepping up its nuclear cooperation with the US, undermining international efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear arms.

According to documents released under a freedom of information request this week, the cooperation between the two countries will be on the design of nuclear explosives, the maintenance of existing stockpiles, and the development of more warheads, the Guardian reported.

A pact, renewing the US-UK 1958 “mutual defence agreement (MDA),” is expected to be signed in the next few weeks without a vote or a debate in the House of Commons.

“A debate on the renewal of the MDA would be used by some as an opportunity to raise wider questions concerning the possible renewal of the nuclear deterrent, the future of the Aldermaston atomic weapons establishment (AWE) and our obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty,” a disclosed document from Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) read.

Peter Burt, of Nuclear Information Service (NIS), who obtained the documents, said the UK and US are setting a “dreadful example” for the world.

Renewing the MDA showed the “worst kind of two-faced hypocrisy,” Burt said, adding that this shows that neither Britain nor the US is serious about meeting their legal obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

According to the MoD, the agreement between the two countries would be renewed by the end of the year.

 

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