The cost of looking after Scotland’s “nuclear graveyard” of decommissioned submarines has soared, with millions of pounds a year being spent to keep the vessels afloat, new figures show. The bill for maintaining and storing the seven subs at Rosyth dockyard has run to £13.5 million over the past five years, according to data released under freedom of information legislation. Environmental groups described the sum as “eye-watering” but those who represent Rosyth’s constituents stressed that the money was going into the region’s economy.
Chinese nuclear experts believe North Korea may already have a nuclear arsenal of 20 warheads and the uranium enrichment capacity to double that figure by next year, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The estimate, which the Journal said was relayed to US nuclear specialist in a closed-door meeting in February, is significantly higher than any previously known Chinese assessment.