North Durham MP Kevan Jones has insisted the UK must continue to have nuclear weapons. The Ministry of Defence is expected to spend at least £31 billion on renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, including replacements for the UK’s Vanguard fleet of four submarines which carry nuclear missiles. Labour also supports renewing Trident. Mr Jones said: “I am clear about the need to retain our nuclear deterrent. It keeps us safe. “If we could uninvent nuclear weapons tomorrow, I think most people would, but as a nation we have a proud record - and we should not forget this - of commitment to disarmament.” He added: “We should have a strong commitment to a nuclear-free world. We can work harder at that, although it will not be easy, given the present state of the world, which looks a lot darker than it has for many years.” Mr Jones said that the current Russian government had made it hard to cut the number of nuclear weapons the UK holds. … [Read more...] about We still need nuclear weapons, says North Durham MP Kevan Jones
The history of nuclear weapons
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Naval Surface Warriors / 140619-N-ZZ999-901Greece's Syriza Member: Europe Doesn’t Want US 'Nuclear Umbrella' to Return (EXCLUSIVE)The ex-minister stressed that he is not an advocate of the use of nuclear weapons and "reassured" the public with the words that in the course of history, they have been "used only once". READ MORE: US Ex-War Planner Reveals Why NATO Broke Promise to Gorbachev Not to Expand East This is not the first time that the politician has advocated for the deployment of nuclear weapons in the Balkans. … [Read more...] about ‘Balkans Needs Nuclear Weapons’ – Bulgarian Ex-FM
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un strike upbeat note ahead of nuclear talks BelfastTelegraph.co.uk US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have opened their second summit with smiles, hopeful talk and a friendly dinner that will set the stage for the much more difficult talks to come about curbing North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/donald-trump-and-kim-jong-un-strike-upbeat-note-ahead-of-nuclear-talks-37861550.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article37861542.ece/d69c3/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_5b3ecc20-ad38-4cb3-9e3d-f4934b554e70_1 Email US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have opened their second summit with smiles, hopeful talk and a friendly dinner that will set the stage for the much more difficult talks to come about curbing North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Facing widespread scepticism about whether they can solve a problem that has … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un strike upbeat note ahead of nuclear talks
The Indian Air Force carried out an attack against targets in Pakistan this morning that could further corrode the already-strained relations between the two states and result in a direct armed confrontation. Clearly, Islamabad will not leave India's actions unanswered. The cause of concern is that both India and Pakistan possess significant stocks of tactical, semi-strategic and strategic nuclear weapons. In the event of an armed confrontation, both sides could very well exchange nuclear strikes, which would lead to disastrous consequences – not only for the countries involved, but for entire Central Asia. Also on rt.com Who would win? India has army advantage over Pakistan, but nuclear stocks assure mutual destruction The exact size of nuclear weapons stockpiles at the disposal of the two countries is currently unknown. However, according to the 2017 SIPRI Yearbook, India has an arsenal of 120-130 nuclear warheads, and that number is gradually increasing. As of 2017, … [Read more...] about On the verge of disaster: How an India-Pakistan armed confrontation could impact the region
February 05, 2019 05:47 PM When the sprawling "Patriot" theme park was inaugurated two years ago, the Russian Ministry of Defense invited thousands of visitors to re-enact the 1945 Battle of Berlin around a life-size model of the Reichstag, Germany's parliament building, that it had built. An old German Messerschmitt airplane flew overhead, and loudspeakers blared Russian military marches and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries." Visitors to "Patriot" get to play soldier for a day: They can spoon army rations in partisan hideouts, gander at the latest war booty from Syria, admire historic tanks and even shoot Kalashnikovs. More recently, the sprawling, snowy grounds were the scene of another performance by Russia's military leadership. The Defense Ministry invited foreign military attaches and correspondents to bear witness as the country demonstrated its innocence to the world. Guests were ushered into an empty exhibition hall where, just to be safe, there was no mobile phone … [Read more...] about Arms Race: Will Europe Be Victim of Nuclear Power Plays?