The U.K. is set to become the first major world power to build an aircraft carrier capable of carrying nuclear weapons in a major step toward a nuclear-capable world.
The U.N. Security Council approved the resolution Tuesday that calls for a U.J.S.-built aircraft carrier to be built in the near future and called on the U and the U.-S.
to “consider other options” to “support and protect” their allies.
The United Kingdom’s defense minister, Mark Lyall Grant, said Tuesday the new carrier would be the first in a new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, including aircraft carriers of the new Russian and Chinese designs.
The carrier will be capable of launching up to 30 nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth, a class of heavy aircraft carrier, and will be able carry up to six nuclear weapons, according to the resolution.
The resolution says the carrier will also be able “to provide the necessary deterrence, strike and reconnaissance capabilities in support of allied forces” and “support operations, including anti-piracy operations and humanitarian relief, in support” of allies, and that the United Kingdom is committed to “providing sufficient deterrent, strike, and reconnaissance capability to enable us to respond effectively to the threats posed by the Russian Federation.”
U.S., Chinese leaders will meet Thursday to discuss possible responses to the crisis, including what options to take against Russia and China, according a U,S.
China’s Foreign Ministry called the resolution “a significant step forward” in building a “strong and capable U.A.E. nuclear deterrent” and said it was “extremely important that all sides take appropriate measures.”
China has long been criticized by the U,A.
S, Europe and others for building and maintaining nuclear weapons.
has been criticized for its buildup of a military in the South China Sea, which has sparked concerns from Southeast Asian nations.
China and the United States are locked in a decades-long rivalry, with the U-A.e. nuclear-armed aircraft carriers competing for a limited number of strategic assets in the region.
The nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier U.U.B.E., built by the United Aircraft Corp., has been in service since 1991, and its new carrier is the U’J.s first in service.