Great Britain plans to lift the restriction on the size of nuclear warheads employed by the Royal Navy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. The stocks could grow from the current number of 180 to 260 warheads, writes The Guardian.
According to the outlet, the possible reason for that decision lies with threats coming from Russia and China.
It's the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United Kingdom intends to boost its nuclear potential.
Currently, the UK owns four nuclear strategic submarines equipped with U.S. balllistic missiles Trident II; the stocks of these particular missiles will be increased.
As is known, the rate of arms supply worldwide is still extremely high, close to the highest level since the end of the Cold War. The top five exporters are U.S., France, Germany, Russia and China. Ukraine comes 12th.