British government sets limit on nuclear warhead stockpile

09:38, May 27, 2010      

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The British government announced Wednesday it had set a limit of 225 warheads for its nuclear weapons stockpile and it would re-examine its policy on use of nuclear weapons.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament the ceiling on operationally available nuclear warheads would stay at 160 and the extra warheads were to allow for "processing, maintenance and logistic management".

"For the first time, the government will make public the maximum number of nuclear warheads that the UK will hold in its stockpile," he said, "In the future, our overall stockpile will not exceed 225 nuclear warheads."

"We've decided that the time is right to look again at our policy as the U.S. has done in their recent Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that it is fully appropriate to the political and security context in 2010 and beyond," Hague said.

He also said the new coalition government would review Britain's policy on when it would consider using nuclear weapons as part of a wide-ranging defense and security review.

Britain's general election on May 6 resulted in a "hung parliament" -- with no party winning the overall majority. The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government on May 11.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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