UK: Corbyn slams Trident nuclear programme at Hiroshima commemoration

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn called for a nuclear free world at the annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration in London, Thursday, demanding that Britain discontinue its Trident nuclear programme. The Labour MP highlighted the effects that a nuclear explosion would have, calling the US bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 “fireworks compared to what we have now.” He went on to slam both British and US nuclear policy, asserting that having nuclear arms does not necessarily bring security to a country. Corbyn also called on British MPs to vote against the further development of Britain’s Trident nuclear programme, stating that the money spent on its maintenance should be reallocated. The acquisition of Trident is thought to have cost £9.8 billion (€13.3 billion; $14.5 billion), 38 percent of which was spent in the US. The annual cost of Trident is estimated at £2.2 billion (€2.9 billion/ $3.2 billion).