Britain to increase nuclear warhead stock by 40 percent
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he would increase the country’s nuclear warhead stock by 40 percent to ensure Britain’s security in the global environment.
Britain is preparing to increase the number of nuclear warheads. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated in a statement that Britain is facing new technological threats and announced that it will increase its nuclear warhead stock by 40 percent in order to ensure the security of the country in a more risky global environment.
“Nuclear deterrence is necessary”
Stating that some countries have significantly increased and diversified their nuclear arsenals, Johnson stated that global competition has increased and this poses a threat to strategic stability. Johnson said in the UK’s security and defense review that it faces risks from nuclear armed states and state-sponsored nuclear terrorism, saying nuclear deterrence is necessary to guarantee the security of Britain and its allies.
Warhead limit increased from 180 to 260
While a reduction strategy was previously implemented in the warhead, a type of explosive or toxic substance sent by means of missiles or rockets, in the UK in 2010, the government set a limit of 180 warheads for mid-2020. However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the number would be increased to a maximum of 260, removing the previous limit.
Johnson’s decision is the target of criticism
Johnson’s statement was criticized by The Elders, founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela and recognized as human rights defenders by fighting for peace. “While the UK cites increased security threats as the reason for this move, the appropriate response to these challenges should be multilateral work to strengthen international arms control agreements and reduce, not increase, the number of nuclear weapons in existence,” said Mary Robinson, President of The Elders. used the expressions.
Britain also plans to replace 4 new submarines under construction under nuclear warheads, which will enter service in the early 2030s, with existing ones.