Sweden is among 122 countries backing the first-ever UN treaty imposing total nuclear weapons ban. The country, however, has also signed a so-called Statement of Intent with the United States to increase military cooperation.
Now United States’ Secretary of Defence James Mattis has warned about severe consequences if Sweden signs the treaty – it would affect both the newly expanded cooperation and the military support from US in case of war.
As reported by Business Insider, the letter from Mattis is considered a bit strange since the United States does not usually interfere with the Swedish government’s decisions. It could be seen as a way to influence Sweden’s standpoint on nuclear weapons.
“The government’s attitude towards these weapons is well known since long”, Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, told Svenska Dagbladet.