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article imageBritain accused of sending nuclear sub to Falklands

By Amanda Payne     Mar 28, 2012 in World
The Nuclear Security Summit is taking place in Seoul, South Korea. It's purpose is to discuss world-wide nuclear security but Britain has now been accused of sending Trident nuclear missiles to the Falkland Islands.
The missiles are meant to be on board a Vanguard class Royal Navy submarine. The accusations were made at the Summit on March 27 by the Argentinian Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman. If the accusation turns out to be true, then Britain will be breaking the Treaty of Tlatelolco which is intended to ensure that Latin America is a nuclear free zone, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who is leading the British contingent at the summit, reacted angrily to the accusation saying:
"These are unfounded, baseless insinuations. As Iā€™m sure our colleague from Argentina knows, the United Kingdom ratified the protocols to the treaty which guarantees a nuclear weapons-free zone covering Latin America and the Caribbean. We have respected those obligations since 1969 and we will continue to do so."
The friction between Argentina and Great Britain over the small group of islands in the South Atlantic is reaching fever pitch as the 30th anniversary of the war looms on April 2. The Daily Telegraph reports, however, that the British contingent is determined to keep the level of "rhetoric at a sensible level".
CNN reports that six Nobel Laureates, including the famous South African, Bishop Desmond Tutu, have called on Britain to sit down with Argentina and negotiate a sensible settlement over the islands. In a letter posted on the website of an Argentinian Nobel prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the laureates have asked British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to find "a peaceful solution to the problem", citing a U.N resolution signed in 1965 which states that the two countries should try and resolve their issues as soon as possible.
One of the big issues surrounding the Falkland Islands/ Malvinas is the discovery of oil in the waters off the coastline. However, Martin Li of Investors Chronicle says in an opinion piece that so far "that hydrocarbon wealth hasn't proved easy to unlock. The drilling campaign in the North Falkland basin drilled multiple wells between April 2010 and January 2012, yet returned just one significant discovery ā€“ Sea Lion ā€“ for Rockhopper Exploration. A series of drilling failures left fellow explorer Desire Petroleum close to ruin." He goes on to say that :
"Any discoveries in the South Falkland basin will probably need to demonstrate at least 100m barrels of oil (any gas discoveries will need to be multiple trillions of cubic feet) to stand any chance of being commercial."
It is unlikely, but not impossible, that there will be any actual military action between the two countries but it is obvious that the war of words is far from over.
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