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International plea over Trident
Alex Salmond
Mr Salmond appealed to signatories of the treaty
First Minister Alex Salmond has sought support from the international community for his government's anti-Trident campaign.

Mr Salmond has written to 189 countries signed up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

In the letter he stated his administration's opposition to the replacement of Trident, the UK's nuclear missile system, at HMNB Clyde.

The NPT was developed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

Mr Salmond has also asked members to support a request for Scotland to be given observer status at future meetings related to the NPT.

Mr Salmond's appeal follows the 14 June vote in the Scottish Parliament when MSPs called on the UK Government to ditch its 20bn plans to replace Trident.

The majority of Scottish people and their elected representatives oppose these deployments
Alex Salmond
First Minister

Tony Blair signalled his intention to push ahead with the proposals earlier in the year.

In the letter, Mr Salmond said: "The majority of Scottish people and their elected representatives oppose these deployments."

A spokesman said: "We also intend to explore the possibility of taking up observer status at future NPT meetings so that we can more directly and effectively represent the aspirations and interests of Scotland's people."

However, the move was attacked by Labour's Europe minister, Jim Murphy.

He said: "Instead of seeking support from the leadership Tehran and Harare for a policy he knows will not succeed, Alex Salmond should focus on delivering the 1,000 extra police offers and the council tax freeze he promised the people of Scotland."

The move by Mr Salmond comes ahead of a summit on the implications of Trident's renewal, which is being held in Glasgow on Monday.

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