… When as this country’s Defence Secretary, in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review, I made the biggest ever unilateral reductions in our deterrent strength, so that our country now has the smallest stockpile of nuclear warheads and is the only nuclear weapons state with a single system, there was absolutely no reciprocation and today the Chinese are substantially increasing its nuclear forces and Russia is upgrading its strategic nuclear capability.
There was no benign chain reaction, no reversal of proliferation and it was not because the nuclear weapons states had dragged heels on NPT obligations but because these new states had their own and usually local reasons for acquiring nukes. North Korea in relation to China. India in relation to Pakistan and vice vera. Iraq (under Sadaam) and Iran in relation to each other, and Israel in relation to both…
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