Country: United Kingdom
Delegate Name: Camille Gerville-Reache
Though ballistic missiles do not have the deadly reputation of nuclear weaponry, they do hold a comparably significant capacity for destruction. Recent technological developments will only increase the danger. Implementing a multilateral strategic framework in order to promote transparency and mitigate weapons development is essential to prevent any further risks posed by missile possession. Furthermore, advancing defensive technology will lower the efficacy of ballistic missiles, decreasing the damage potential of weapons and discouraging missile attempts.
The UK is united with NATO members and currently holds a defensive position against ballistic missile attacks. This involves state of the art sensors, submarines, and arms to act as a deterrent, which includes Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). Furthermore, the UK is developing its technology with a goal to become the first nation with maritime ballistic defense detection and defensive abilities. There have also been thousands of surface to air missiles (including AMRAAM missiles) exported to Ukraine for the war against Russia. While the United Kingdom maintains that its ballistic missiles are purely for the protection of itself and allies, there is support for various measures to reduce arms. For example, the United Kingdom helped establish the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and welcomed the New START extension by the United States and Russia. The United Kingdom has also reduced missiles in its own ballistic submarines.
The United Kingdom believes that ongoing, peaceful talks will lead to an agreement on reducing the need for and number of ballistic missiles. While current global tensions have inhibited the United Kingdom’s ability to decrease its arms, the United Kingdom maintains the goal in its long-term planning. Further development of defense systems, diplomatic discussions, and inhibiting advancements and widespread possession of missiles should be top of mind in agreements. Until the world comes to a more peaceful and stable position, the United Kingdom holds its role as a deterrent to missile warfare.