U.S. says reduced defense role for atom bombs, Britain against ban now

America takes another step forward in national suicide whereas Great Britain, also collapsing from within, has somewhat come back to its senses in wanting to retain its existence.

 

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it is relying less on nuclear weapons as part of its defense planning, but Britain argued against banning such arms now.

Both powers, taking part for the first time in an international conference on the humanitarian impact of atomic bombs, spoke in support of pursuing the goal of a world free of such weapons of mass destruction.

“We have reduced the role of nuclear weapons in the defense of our nation and our allies and it is the policy of the United States to not develop new nuclear warheads,” U.S. non-proliferation envoy Adam Scheinman said.

He gave no more details on the reduced role.

Britain said the approach of those arguing for banning such bombs now or for fixing a timetable for their elimination failed “to take account of, and therefore jeopardizes, the stability and security which nuclear weapons can help to ensure”.

“A declaratory ban, or a timetable not underpinned by the necessary trust, confidence and verification measures, would jeopardize strategic stability,” Ambassador Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque added, advocating a step-by-step approach.

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