U.S. says reduced defense role for atom bombs, Britain against ban now

December 9, 2014 4:58 PM

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VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it is relying less on nuclear weapons as part of its defense planning, but Britain argued against banning such arms now.

Both powers, taking part for the first time in an international conference on the humanitarian impact of atomic bombs, spoke in support of pursuing the goal of a world free of such weapons of mass destruction.

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