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UK government criticized over nuke program -“In breach of the Non-Proliferation Treaty”

A member of Medact Nuclear Interest Group says the British government’s replacement program of nuclear weapons would clearly be in breach of the country’s obligations in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Dr Frank Boulton of Medact Nuclear Interest Group told Press TV’s program called The Monarchy that the UK government’s extension of nuclear weapons availability into the second half of the 21st century, “clearly goes against the obligations in good faith to bring about disarmament as quickly as possible.”

This comes after reports said that the British government is to announce a multi-million pound contract for a new generation of nuclear missile submarines, a move to push ahead with its program of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

Boulton suggested that a replacement of Britain’s nuclear program Trident would cost at least £25bn to replace the nuclear missile submarines alone and possibly up to “£100bn for the whole replacement program”, which would be spent over a 25 year period.

He also responded to former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s previous speech against the UK giving up its nuclear deterrent.

“Look Tony, there is a huge amount of money being planned, we are in a financial crisis, Europe is in a financial crisis, America is in a financial crisis. Why are we spending so much money on these issues?” Boulton said.

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/11/271673/uk-govt-criticized-over-nuke-program/

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67 years ago a highly enriched uranium bomb was detonated over Hiroshima; it demolished the city and by the end of the year had killed an estimated 140,000 people. Three days later a plutonium bomb was exploded over Nagasaki; by the end of the year a further 74,000 people were dead. 67 years later there are still at least 19,000 nuclear warheads and the chronic damage to people’s health from these bombs continues. The world desparately needs a convention abolishing these weapons. Today the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has launched a booklet on the Catastrophic Humanitarian Harm these weapons cause; you can read it, distribute it, and act on it here. You can help Medact in this campaign by donating to our Hiroshima Appeal – just click donate at the top of this page. Thank you.

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November 12, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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