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Old 06-19-2004, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default US and UK: special relationship undermines nuclear treaty

The US and UK governments will this week be accused of conspiring to break the international agreement to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

The claim will be backed by detailed evidence of the large-scale collaboration by the two countries to develop their nuclear arsenals, an activity that the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) is specifically designed to prevent.

The claim comes from the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), a think tank based in London and Washington DC. Although the UK and the US cooperated on nuclear matters throughout the Cold War, the extent of their collaboration since then has never been documented.

However, BASIC has managed to glean something of the scope of the collaboration from official sources. The figures show that the collaboration remains surprisingly strong, despite the commitment of both countries under the NPT to disarm.

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