UK briefers suggest delay to Trident replacement

At an informal briefing today, journalists were informed by senior government officials that the \’Initial Gate\’ decision involving the replacement of Trident, the United Kingdom\’s nuclear weapons system, will be delayed until after the NPT Review Conference next year. Paul Ingram, Executive Director of BASIC commented:

“Everyone should welcome this suggestion today that Britain will delay initial gate. It is a very welcome signal of support for Obama\’s global agenda to other countries in advance of next year\’s NPT Review Conference, without opening up questions over the government\’s commitment to the project overall. The Trident replacement timetable announced in December 2006 was always more strongly related to Tony Blair\’s legacy than the urgency to replace the submarines. It is clearly just too expensive to keep up the fa

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