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There is a compelling but fallacious argument that, with North Korea’s nuclear posturing over the Sea of Japan and Iran apparently close to acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, now is not the time to consider any change to Britain’s own nuclear stance. But it is because the threat of nuclear weapons falling into irresponsible hands is so real and worrying that we can no longer delay the review of our own nuclear deterrent system.

Three connected questions arise. First, from…

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