UK to build new £48m chemical weapons defence centre

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Read: 1706     13:29     15 March 2018    

The UK is to build a new chemical weapons "defence centre" to protect itself from what it says is the growing threat from Russia and North Korea.


Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is to announce the £48m facility will be located at the government's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Scientists at Porton Down in Wiltshire helped identify the nerve agent used to attack ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

Thousands of British troops are also to be vaccinated against anthrax.

In a speech on Thursday, Mr Williamson will say the "shocking and reckless" attack on Mr Skripal and his daughter illustrated the increasing dangers the UK faced with chemical weapons.

The UK is expelling 23 Russian diplomats and taking a range of other measures in response to what it said was the Russian state's culpability for the use of a military grade nerve agent on the duo in Salisbury.

Moscow has hit out at what it described as the UK's unacceptable provocations and threatened reprisals.

Mr Williamson will say the UK leads the world in research into chemical, biological and radiological warfare but that this expertise needs to be developed further to confront potential hostile activity by states and individuals.

"We know the chemical threat doesn't just come from Russia but from others," he is expected to say.

"I can announce we will be strengthening this capability by investing £48m in a new Chemical Weapons Defence Centre to ensure we maintain our cutting edge in chemical analysis and defence."

BBC



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UK to build new £48m chemical weapons defence centre

2018/03/1521091597.jpg
Read: 1707     13:29     15 March 2018    

The UK is to build a new chemical weapons "defence centre" to protect itself from what it says is the growing threat from Russia and North Korea.


Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is to announce the £48m facility will be located at the government's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Scientists at Porton Down in Wiltshire helped identify the nerve agent used to attack ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

Thousands of British troops are also to be vaccinated against anthrax.

In a speech on Thursday, Mr Williamson will say the "shocking and reckless" attack on Mr Skripal and his daughter illustrated the increasing dangers the UK faced with chemical weapons.

The UK is expelling 23 Russian diplomats and taking a range of other measures in response to what it said was the Russian state's culpability for the use of a military grade nerve agent on the duo in Salisbury.

Moscow has hit out at what it described as the UK's unacceptable provocations and threatened reprisals.

Mr Williamson will say the UK leads the world in research into chemical, biological and radiological warfare but that this expertise needs to be developed further to confront potential hostile activity by states and individuals.

"We know the chemical threat doesn't just come from Russia but from others," he is expected to say.

"I can announce we will be strengthening this capability by investing £48m in a new Chemical Weapons Defence Centre to ensure we maintain our cutting edge in chemical analysis and defence."

BBC



Tags: UK   DefenceCentre   ChemicalWeapon