US reversal of nuclear transparency policy puts UK in awkward position say

The decision by the US Department of Defence not to disclose the current number of nuclear weapons at its disposal has been interpreted as a retrograde step by arms control experts. It puts the US and UK “further apart” given the emerging practice of greater transparency over nuclear weapons stockpiles. America has refused to reveal its nuclear capability in a policy reversal which experts warn leaves the UK in an “awkward position” and could even encourage Russia to step up its program. “The UK is a responsible… Lord Hannay, a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee, told the Telegraph: “Greater transparency helps reinforce the established taboo on using nuclear weapons.

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