Trident misfire reminds us of urgent need to ban nuclear weapons

January 24, 2017

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons UK has responded to the news that a Trident missile misfired during a test in the summer:

“This is not the first, and neither will it be the last, time that we have been close to a nuclear weapon explosion. Chatham House, a pillar of the establishment, has itself reported that there have been 13 times a country has come close to firing a nuclear weapon – and that’s before you count the number of times that one could have gone off accidentally. These weapons are not a theoretical threat – they are a real and ever present danger. A government serious about protecting it’s people would not have them on their soil. The only way to prevent disaster to remove the threat entirely.

“That possibility is closer than many might think. At the UN this March nations will come together to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons. That would mean it would be illegal to upgrade, test, transport, stockpile, or, of course, fire these weapons.  When the UK attends those talks we hope that the memory of this summer’s misfire will lead them to back the global efforts being made towards a ban.”

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