Fidel Castro criticises British military spending

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On May 21, Cuban President Fidel Castro condemned the British Navy's purchase of a new nuclear attack submarine, saying it illustrates "the sophisticated weaponry being used to maintain the unsustainable order developed by the imperial system of the United States". According to British military officials, the HMS Astute — which will be launched on June 8 — and two further submarines to be purchased, will each cost US$7.2 billion. "The most surprising thing is that with that sum, 75,000 doctors could be trained to attend to 150 million people", Castro noted.