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Britain's Nuclear Deterrent – Keeping the Options Open


Nuclear capability for the UK has more to do with international status and influence than with direct security.

Since 7 July 2005 and the London Tube and bus bombings, the immediate issue for the British people has once again been terror – perhaps a symptom of a new security environment for some populations but not, of course, for this island which has lived with this threat for the last part of the twentieth century. Ironically, there was a reminder ten days later of another very different spectre of terror that haunted the same era: namely, the possibility that nuclear weapons might

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