Britain will invest 1.1 billion pounds in defence equipment such as surveillance aircraft, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, to enable it to better respond to threats including terrorism and cyber attacks. Britain has cut defence spending by around 8 percent over the last four years as part of a government plan to reduce a record budget deficit. The new investment, which is being funded from savings made by the Ministry of Defence, includes 800 million pounds for intelligence and surveillance equipment as Britain seeks to adapt its forces to deal with changing threats.
US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed his Iranian counterpart Monday to make "critical choices", six days before a deadline to cut a historic deal that would finally dispel fears about Tehran's nuclear drive. Going into a second day of negotiations in Vienna with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Kerry aimed to "gauge Iran's willingness to make the critical choices it needs to make," a senior US official said. The mooted accord would kill off for good fears that Iran might develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme after a decade of rising tensions and threats of war. Iran denies seeking the atomic bomb and wants the lifting of all UN and Western sanctions, which have crippled its economy.