Nuclear war and a new arms race | Letters

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Dr Lesley Morrison and fellow health professionals fear Donald Trump and think the UK should be at the forefront of international nuclear disarmament. Bruce Kent and Judy Turner on the service at Westminster Abbey to mark 50 years of submarine-based nuclear weapons

Your article Surviving nuclear war – hide under the stairs, take a bucket (3 April) about the cold war exhibition at the National Archives in Kew stirred vivid memories of the disarmament movement in the 1980s. Sadly, the work of that campaign is no less urgent now.

The recent decision of the US and then Russia to suspend compliance with the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty threatens the start of a new arms race. We are all concerned about Donald Trump’s increasingly erratic behaviour and unpredictable methods of conducting international diplomacy; our security is at risk, and the fact that he has control over the US nuclear arsenal and its potential deployment is frightening.

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