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Theresa May finally admits she was told about failed Trident missile test

Rob WaughFILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 4, 1989,  a Trident II missile launched by the U.S. Navy during a performance evaluation from the submerged submarine USS Tennessee in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Canaveral in Titusville, Fla., USA. According to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper published Sunday Jan. 22, 2017, an unarmed nuclear test missile fired by a British submarine off the coast of Florida in 2016,  misfired and the failure was allegedly covered up ahead of a debate in Parliament on the future of the Trident missile system. British Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to say whether she knew about the reported failure. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, FILE)

A Trident II missile launched by the U.S. Navy 1989. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, FILE)
Prime Minister Theresa May was told about last year’s failed test of Trident-armed submarine HMS Vengeance when she came into office, Downing Street has said.
The admission follows TV interviews in which Theresa May dodged questions about the top-secret weapons test
The test came just  before MPs approved the £40 billion Trident renewal programme in July.
Labour former defence minister Kevan Jones demanded an inquiry into Sunday Times claims that the launch of an unarmed Trident II D5 missile from a British submarine off the coast of Florida in June malfunctioned.

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons in London during a debate on whether to renew the Trident nuclear deterrent.
The Government voted in favour of renewing Trident
Mr Jones told the newspaper: ‘The UK’s independent nuclear deterrent is a vital cornerstone for the nation’s defence.
‘If there are problems, they should not have been covered up in this ham-fisted way.
‘Ministers should come clean if there are problems and there should be an urgent inquiry into what happened.’
A Government spokesman said: ‘The capability and effectiveness of the Trident missile, should we ever need to employ it, is unquestionable.
‘In June the Royal Navy conducted a routine unarmed Trident missile test launch from HMS Vengeance, as part of an operation which is designed to certify the submarine and its crew.
‘Vengeance and her crew were successfully tested and certified, allowing Vengeance to return into service. We have absolute confidence in our independent nuclear deterrent.
‘We do not provide further details on submarine operations for obvious national security reasons.’

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