While the British media were concentrating on the 2018 Budget being unveiled by the Chancellor in Parliament, another arm of the UK Government – the Foreign Office – was signing up to a collective statement with Russia, the US, France and China, on nuclear weapons. In one remarkable passage from the collective statement (reproduced in full blow from the Russian foreign Ministry) by the Permanent 5 (P5) on the United Nations Security Council,presented to the UN General Assembly they assert: “We remain committed under the Treaty [on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, NPT] to the pursuit of good faith negotiations on effective measures related to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control. We support the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons with undiminished security for all. We are committed to working to make the international environment more conducive to further progress on nuclear disarmament.” This is utter hypocrisy, especially from the United Kingdom, which has never put its nuclear arms into multilateral disarmament negotiations, not even once since the UK signed the NPT fifty years ago in July 1968.
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