Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Nuclear disarmament diplomacy and the UK

Letter sent to the Financial Times:
Your report on the continuing strong support on the United Kingdom\s nuclear submarine fleet (“Divisions over nuclear submarine deterrent remain wide on 50th anniversary,” Financial Times, 3 May 2019;  https://www.ft.com/content/318b4582-6c3d-11e9-80c7-60ee53e6681dalso included  mention of opposition to the religious service celebrating the work of nuclear submariners and their nuclear weapons systems. held at Westminster Abbey. on 3 May
The day before your article, the United States Ambassador Robert Wood, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament told the opening session of the UN Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) preparatory committee (prepcom) for its next review  conference:

  The United States is committed to making progress on achieving a world without nuclear weapons, in accordance with Article VI of the NPT. Our commitment is longstanding and serious, building on past arms reductions with a readiness to engage in negotiations that deliver real security to the American people and our allies, as well as advance our collective nonproliferation and disarmament efforts. (http://statements.unmeetings.org/media2/21491922/usa-cl-1.pdf)

If the Trump Administration, with its routine bellicose diplomatic posture, can make such a statement to this important diplomatic planning conference, why should the UK, with its own decades- long history of constructive involvement in security diplomacy, not be able to follow suit?

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