How did UK get involved in the nuclear arms race?

The United Kingdom was the third in the world to obtain nuclear weapons and British scientists played a key role in developing the first atomic devices.

by

    The Nobel Peace Prize is due to be awarded on December 10 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a group dedicated to creating a world without nuclear weapons.

    In the days leading up to the award in Oslo, Al Jazeera is looking at the nuclear status of countries worldwide

    The United Kingdom was the third in the world to obtain nuclear weapons and British scientists played a key role in developing the first atomic devices.

    And despite a strong moral and political opposition to Britain retaining its nuclear arsenal, the country is not expected to give up it up any time soon.

    Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips reports from London.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Can Muslim leaders alter Trump's Jerusalem decision?

    Can Muslim leaders alter Trump's Jerusalem decision?

    Turkish president calls Jerusalem a 'red line' as he hosts an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul.

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo charged

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo charged

    Fawzi al-Junaidi, 16, denies accusations of throwing stones and protesting, saying he was severely beaten by Israelis.

    Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

    Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

    The US has tried and failed to create a capital for another state before. "Israeli" Jerusalem will be the next Saigon.