Boris Johnson is playing a dangerous nuclear game | Serhii Plokhy

Boris Johnson is playing a dangerous nuclear game | Serhii Plokhy

The Guardian

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Britain has joined an uncontrolled arms race in a world more unstable and unpredictable than even during the cold war

Boris Johnson’s decision to increase the cap on British nuclear stockpiles by more than 40%, from 180 to 260 Trident nuclear warheads, might easily be interpreted as a manoeuvre inspired by domestic politics, rooted in the Conservative party’s longstanding love affair with nuclear power and the recent politics of Brexit. But the decision has broader significance. It reflects the rapidly changing international nuclear environment, and will make it significantly worse.

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