A serious conflict ensued between Great Britain and Belgium. The reason was the refusal of Brussels to transfer a specialized high-pressure isostatic press to London, the Times reported.
This type of equipment is used in the management of radioactive waste. According to the paper, the press is manufactured by a Belgian-American company. There are no analogues to him in the world.
As a rule, these presses are used in production at the plant in Aldermaston. The plant is responsible for the creation of British nuclear warheads. To use such equipment, London needs a license, which was previously perceived as a convention. However, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Georges Zhilkinet decided to change the rules of the game and blocked the deal.