General Article Nuclear weapons: an 'evolving threat'?

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John Humphrys asks: do the threats posed by Iran and North Korea gaining nuclear weapons mean that Britain too must remain a nuclear power?

Yet again talks aimed at preventing Iran from building its own nuclear weapons have broken down. Meanwhile, North Korea is rumoured to be about to undertake a fourth underground nuclear test to enhance its own nuclear capability just as its rhetoric against South Korea and the United States becomes more belligerent. David Cameron says all this shows that the threat posed to Britain by other countries gaining nuclear weapons means we too must remain a nuclear power. Is he right?

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, said after the failed talks with Iran this weekend that the two sides ‘remain far apart on substance’. The negotiators – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France) together with Germany – have been trying

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