The United Kingdom launched plans to upgrade its nuclear arsenal, and Norwegian People’s Aid wants a reaction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) says the decision is a breach of intent in the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“If Norway can’t go public and condemn this, we will send a dangerous signal. Then we also contribute to weakening the Non-Proliferation Treaty and to making the disarmament and armaments control work more difficult,” Secretary-General Henriette Westhrin of Norwegian People’s Aid noted.
Britain wants to increase the number of its nuclear warheads from 180 to around 260. The British authorities believe that ongoing threats mean that it is no longer possible to stick to commitments to reduce the number of nuclear weapons.
“The government has not wanted to support the UN Treaty banning nuclear weapons because it believes the non-proliferation agreement is the only way to a world without nuclear weapons. Then, it becomes extra irresponsible if Norway does not now stand up for the non-proliferation agreement,” Westhrin said.
Russia has condemned Britain’s plans, which have also been criticized by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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