PM: 'Foolish' to scrap Trident in face of N Korea threat

The Prime Minister has warned it would be "foolish" for Britain to consider abandoning its Trident deterrent because the UK faces an increased threat of a nuclear attack from regimes including North Korea.

In an article for The Daily Telegraph, he has written:

We need our nuclear deterrent as much today as we did when a previous British Government embarked on it over six decades ago.

Of course, the world has changed dramatically.

The Soviet Union no longer exists. But the nuclear threat has not gone away.

In terms of uncertainty and potential risk it has, if anything, increased.

Last year North Korea unveiled a long-range ballistic missile which it claims can reach the whole of the United States.

If this became a reality it would also affect the whole of Europe, including the UK.

Can you be certain how that regime, or indeed any other nuclear armed regime, will develop?

Does anyone seriously argue that it would be wise for Britain, faced with this evolving threat today, to surrender our deterrent?

– David Cameron article in The Daily Telegraph

Mr Cameron adds that in his judgment, it would be "foolish to leave Britain defenceless against a continuing, and growing, nuclear threat."

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PM: North Korea is threat to UK

David Cameron has warned it would be "foolish" to consider abandoning its Trident deterrent because the UK faces an increased threat of a nuclear attack from regimes including North Korea. He claimed rockets from Pyongyang could hit Britain.