February 11, 2012- On Friday, Argentina’s government claimed that the UK sent a nuclear submarine near the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Of late, Argentina and Britain have been having a war of words over the Falklands.
Hector Timerman, the Foreign Minister of Argentina, said a submarine named Vanguard had been sent as part of the deployment Britain has recently sent to the area. Argentina calls the islands the Malvinas and Timerman said the HMS Vanguard has nuclear weapons.
“Argentina has good information that part of Britain’s recent deployment to the Malvinas Islands includes a nuclear submarine, said Timerman.”
Through diplomatic channels, he asked the UK if they had deployed nuclear weapons to the area, but he said, “So far the UK has refused to answer his questions.”
If the UK has in fact sent nuclear weapons to that part of the Atlantic he said, it would violate the Tlatelolco Treaty. The treaty was set up to create a nuclear free area in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
In 1982, the UK and Argentina fought over the Falklands. The war killed over 900 and the date of its start April 2, when Argentina invaded, is nearing its 30th anniversary. Because of that, tensions have increased between the two countries over the territory’s status.
Argentina says the Falklands, as well as the South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands, both held by Britain, are theirs. At stake in this disagreement are not only excellent fishing grounds but also, potential underwater oil and gas in the seas that surround the islands.