Brown Eyes Nuke Bank, Will Cut Sub Fleet

British PM seeks reductions, but rejects complete nuclear disarmament
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 7:40 AM CDT
Brown Eyes Nuke Bank, Will Cut Sub Fleet
Sailors are seen aboard the HMS Vanguard, in Holy Loch, Scotland.    (AP Photo/PA, Chris Bacon, File)

Gordon Brown takes the stage at the United Nations today with an eye toward nuclear disarmament, reports the BBC, and he'll begin by offering to cut Britain's fleet of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three. While the British PM maintains full nuclear disarmament isn't an option, in an op-ed in the New York Times today, he calls for "access to civil atomic energy via an international uranium bank for states that renounce current or future nuclear arms."

"We reject unilateral nuclear disarmament for ourselves precisely because the world cannot end up in a situation where responsible powers get rid of their weapons, but the danger of nuclear proliferation by other powers remains," Britain's foreign secretary said.
(More submarine stories.)

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