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.

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    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.


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