Great Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May said this week that she wouldn’t hesitate to use the country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons to kill people if she thought it were necessary. The remarks came during a debate about whether to renew the country’s Trident nuclear weapons program.
“Are you prepared to authorize a nuclear strike that could kill hundreds of thousands of men, women and children?” Scottish politician George Kerevan asked May during the debate.
“Yes,” she replied.
May said that it would be “an act of gross irresponsibility” to get rid of the nuclear weapons programs. May’s answer to the hypothetical nuclear question was unusual for political discourse in the country, where tradition has held that prime ministers avoid answering whether they would use nukes to kill people, according to The Independent. May’s opponent in the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, stated his own opinion during the debate.
“I’m not making the decision that kills millions of innocent people,” he said. “I do not believe the threat of mass murder is a legitimate way to go about international relations.”
Read the full story in The Independent.