US `sold UK nuke secrets to Russia`: WikiLeaks
Washington: The US has sold British nuclear secrets as a ``bargaining chip`` to persuade Russia to sign the key arms control treaty, the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks has revealed.
US President Barack Obama will sign the deal next week allowing Moscow to receive information about Britain`s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in America, the Daily Mail reports.
The paper quoted the cables as saying that the arms control deal could undermine Britain’s policy of not confirming the numbers of missiles.
A series of classified messages sent to Washington by American negotiators indicate that information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal, the paper said.
On being urged by Russia to provide them with more information on the UK Trident programme, Washington had reportedly asked London for permission to hand over details about the UK missiles` performance.
Following Britain’s refusal to the proposal, Washington had reportedly agreed to give the serial numbers of missiles it transfers to Britain.
The paper quoted Duncan Lennox, editor of Jane’s Strategic Weapons Systems, as saying that Russians “want to find out whether Britain has more missiles than we say we have, and having the unique identifiers might help them.”
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch - Huge fire breaks out at petrol pump in Kota, Rajasthan
- NSG now 'nine times' stronger; receives technological strength from 12 countries!
- Bihar: Congress leader Brajesh Pandey accused of running sex racket
- Panel discussion over why SP government is backing Gayatri Prajapati
- BJP MP Yogi Adityanath compares Akhilesh Yadav with 'Aurangzeb' and 'Kans'
- Reliance Jio's tariff plan from April 1; voice calls, roaming to be free: Mukesh Ambani
- 7th Pay Commission: Allowances committee raises HRA to 30%?
- Virat Kohli thanks sprint legend Usain Bolt for congratulating him on 'record' Puma deal
- IPL 2017 Auction: Reaction-filled Twitter erupts with emotions!
- Virat Kohli becomes first Indian sportsperson to sign Rs 100-crore endorsement deal