UK pushes US to back controversial new nuclear warheads | World news

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The UK lobbied the US Congress for a controversial new trident missile warhead, saying it is essential for “NATO’s future as a nuclear alliance”.A letter from UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace seen by the Guardian urged Congress to support initial spending on the warhead, the W93.

The letter, sent in April but not previously reported, draws the UK into a US political debate, pitting the Trump administration against many Democrats and arms control groups over whether the $ 14 billion W93 program is needed . The US Navy already has a choice of two warheads for its submarine-launched Trident missiles.

The close cooperation on the W93 casts further doubt on the actual independence of British deterrence – Parliament first heard about it when US officials accidentally exposed Britain’s involvement in February – and the two countries’ commitment to disarmament.

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