Monday, November 28, 2011

UK builds new nukes, IAEA ignores


Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is spending £2bn on new nuclear weapons plants as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has turned a blind eye on nuclear disarmament issues.

While the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) requires that NPT-recognized nuclear weapon states are obliged to downgrade their nuclear capacity when they renew their systems, the British government has given the green light to the MoD to expand the country's stockpile of nuclear weapons.

On 27 November, the Guardian revealed the breakdown of MoD's investments including “a £734m facility called Mensa for dismantling and assembling of warheads, a risky but essential maintenance process; a £634m highly enriched uranium plant called Pegasus; and a £231m high explosives factory called Circinus.”

Furthermore, the newspaper revealed that the MoD has launched a comprehensive plan to develop the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites by building new facilities and plants by the end of 2015.

The MoD's decision comes as the IAEA has launched a propaganda campaign against Iran's nuclear program by releasing an “unbalanced, unprofessional, and politically motivated” report making baseless allegations against Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Moreover, the IAEA has turned a blind eye on nuclear disarmament issues as the latest revelations about Britain's nuclear activities show the British government intends to increase the number of its nuclear weapons instead of reducing them.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the MoD's secret plans to build new nuclear weapons plants have infuriated British MPs, as they were to decide whether to replace Trident warheads.

“The fact that the MoD signed off on these costs before a decision has even been made on replacing the Trident warhead makes a complete mockery of the democratic process,” said the Green MP Caroline Lucas. 

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