Integrated security review leaks have revealed that the cap on the number of Trident nuclear warheads in the UK’s arsenal will be raised from 180 to 260.
The leaks were first disclosed in The Guardian and The Sun, the first media outlets which managed to get copies of the government inked documents.
The leaks disclosed the cap increase on the number of Trident nuclear warheads was a response to the growing influence of Russia and China.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was the “ultimate insurance policy” against threats from hostile states after activists claimed they were turning away from their promised disarmament.
“Because over time as the circumstances change and the threats change, we need to maintain a minimum credible level of deterrent. Why? Because it is the ultimate guarantee, the ultimate insurance policy against the worst threat from hostile states,” said Raab.
The said warheads would be used on the Royal Navy’s UGM-133 Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) said the UK’s plans were shocking and are pushing for a dangerous new nuclear arms race.
“We don’t want any more nuclear weapons. In fact, we don’t want any,” said the CDN.
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