The UK would be “foolish” to abandon Trident in the face of the potential threat of nuclear attack from North Korea and Iran, David Cameron has said.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said the country still needed the “ultimate weapon of defence”.
The prime minister said the nuclear danger had “increased” since the end of the Cold War.
The prime minister is expected to stress his commitment to Trident, which is based on the Clyde, during a visit to the west of Scotland.
Mr Cameron will visit HMS Victorious, one of the Royal Navy’s four Vanguard-class submarines which keep Trident nuclear missiles continuously at sea, which is returning from its 100th patrol.
He said: “We need our nuclear deterrent as much today as we did when a previous British government embarked on it over six decades ago.
“Of course, the world has changed dramatically. The Soviet Union no longer exists. But the nuclear threat has not gone away.
“In terms of uncertainty and potential risk it has, if anything, increased.”
Mr Cameron said: “North Korea recently conducted its third nuclear test and could already have enough fissile material to produce more than a dozen nuclear weapons.
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