MoD confirms PR talks took place in bio weapons push

The Ministry of Defence confirmed this week that UK and US defence officials considered a global PR campaign to win public support for its plans to use non-lethal biological weapons.

Details emerged this week of a meeting held in London two years ago between UK and US officials, which discussed strategies to research and develop non-lethal biological weapons.

A report from the meeting reveals defence experts from both countries agreed to play an 'active role in the long-term planning and advocacy for future non-lethal capabilities that contribute to war-fighting strategies'.

An MoD spokesman this week confirmed talks had taken place about a campaign: 'These discussions have been going on, but there is no grand PR strategy that has been implemented - it's just an information exchange and people talking.'

The MoD stressed it was working on PR strategies surrounding diplomacy, ensuring the UK abides by and encourages other countries to participate in the international weapons conventions.

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