U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office develops anti-CBRN program

The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office has developed a program to promote its policies to counter the trade and use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

The U.K. National Counter-Proliferation Program was given three billion pounds for 2012-1013 to support projects aimed at increasing the political will or technical capacity of nations to reduce the threat from the proliferation of CBRN weapons and technology. The program operates in conjunction with the United Nations, G8, NATO and the European Union, according to StrategicDefenseIntelligence.com.

The British government's National Counter-Proliferation Strategy, published in March, supports the program as part of its aims to deny terrorists the materials and expertise needed to make and use CBRN weapons, to prevent rogue states from obtaining CBRN weapons, and to support the International Atomic Energy Agency in meeting similar goals with the help of the international community.

The U.K. has also declared its support for the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Conventions, and it seeks to encourage full national implementation from signatories of both treaties. The CWC bans the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and the BTWC helps prevent states from acquiring or keeping biological and toxin weapons, and seeks to prevent them from being used by states or terrorists, StrategicDefenseIntelligence.com reports.