Britain is no leader in nuclear security

Britain is no leader in nuclear security

You report David Cameron as asserting at the global nuclear security summit in Washington that, along with the US, “Britain is very much giving the lead on nuclear security on nuclear sites, transport and materials” (World leaders meet to plan for ‘all too real’ nuclear doomsday scenario, 2 April).

Unfortunately, the truth is the opposite; Mr Cameron and his ministers are deluding themselves if they believe this.

In January the respected Washington DC-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) – whose mission to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons – published its annual assessment of nuclear security worldwide. Of the countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials, the UK is actually ranked bottom, below the pariah state North Korea – ranked 17th – with Argentina and Australia ranked top (the US and Russia are joint 19th).

Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel peace prize winner and former International Atomic Energy Agency secretary general, said that NTI “is a role model for me of a private-public partnership in issues of security and of survival … NTI has been a trailblazer”. Its evaluation should therefore be respected.


Source: NTI, Nuclear Threat Initiative. Overall and category scores and ranks for 2016 are shown. All countries are scored 0-100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear materials security conditions


Source: The Guardian

Date: April 2016

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