UK PM Johnson says nuclear warhead cap increase is for minimum deterrent

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Britain's PM Johnson speaks during weekly question-time debate in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday the decision to raise the cap on the number of Britain's nuclear warheads by 40% was to ensure a minimal credible deterrent, but it was not a target.

"It's crucial to stress that the number in question that's in the integrated review is a ceiling, it's not a target," he told lawmakers, referring to a security and defence review which said the cap on warheads would be raised to a maximum of 260.

"We remain as a government committed to the minimum credible deterrent, it's very important for everybody to understand that as well."

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Michael Holden, editing by William James)