Jan 16, 2014
Dutch F-35 could carry nuclear weapons
The Joint Strike Fighter may be used to carry nuclear weapons in the future by The Netherlands.
Last year a majority of MPs supported a motion stating the F-35 jet fighter should have no nuclear role. However, Hennis and Timmermans have now decided to set the motion aside because of the Netherlands' role within Nato.
The minister say they will continue to support nuclear disarmament but say the Netherlands does have a nuclear role for the time being.
The government made its decision to go ahead with the purchase of the controverial JSF fighters last September. They will replace the ageing fleet of F-16s.
The Netherlands will buy 37.