UK nuclear stockpile to increase by more than 40%

The publication of the Integrated Review of Defence and Security Policy has confirmed that the UK’s nuclear warhead stockpile will increase to 260 by the middle of the decade, ending over 30 years of gradually declining stockpile numbers. The UK currently has around 180 nuclear warheads, stored in Coulport in Scotland when not deployed on

Benin ratifies the Ban Treaty

Benin has become the latest state to confirm ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, taking the total number to 51. The Treaty will enter into legal force next January after Honduras became the 50th state to ratify in October. Benin is the seventh African state to ratify the Treaty, joining Botswana, The

Niger signs the Ban Treaty

Niger has become the 86th state to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, announcing the move just days after Zimbabwe became the 85th. The Treaty will make nuclear weapons illegal from Friday 22 January 2021 having been ratified by 50 states. At the United Nations earlier in the week 130 states reiterated

UN reaffirms support for the Nuclear Ban Treaty

The United Nations General Assembly has reaffirmed support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with 130 states voting in favour of a new resolution on Monday 7 December. The number of states in support was larger than the number which initially supported the Treaty when negotiations concluded in 2017. Although the nuclear-armed