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[00:00.00]The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

[00:03.89]is offering to scale back Britain's nuclear deterrence

[00:06.81]if an international agreement is reached

[00:09.30]to cut the world's nuclear arsenals.

[00:11.35]Mr. Brown is expected to tell a special

[00:13.72]session of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday

[00:17.14]that he'll be willing to give up one of four royal navy submarines

[00:21.24]that carry Trident nuclear missiles.

[00:23.23]Officials are insisting that cost isn't a factor here.

[00:26.47]Here's our defence correspondent Nick Childs.

[00:28.58]Gordon Brown is saying he'll be ready to

[00:31.51]throw part of the trident force into the port

[00:33.37]in the context of a much bigger global disarmament deal.

[00:35.92]He said so in general terms before.

[00:38.60]This offer though is more concrete.

[00:40.59]There is a growing sense that to avoid what some fear

[00:44.07]could be a sudden cascade of new nuclear states,

[00:46.50]the established nuclear powers need to do more

[00:48.99]in terms of disarmament

[00:50.35]to keep the proliferation regime intact.

[00:52.34]The Prime Minister will hope his move

[00:54.40]will be seen as an important gesture.

[00:56.08]But the key to the process will be the actions of the big players,

[00:59.44]the United States and Russia.

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