Letter Diarmuid Foley: David Lowry’s fact-finding mission to 1958 (Letters, 28 December) is correct – at the dawn of the nuclear age, the UK’s civilian nuclear fuel cycle was seen as a precursor to weapons-grade material. However, for technical and other reasons, it was soon realised that the route to weapons-grade material was not through the civilian nuclear fuel cycle. In the current (and real) world, the peaceful use of civilian nuclear energy specifically, clearly and strictly breaks any such linkage. This is enshrined in IAEA and the Nuclear Suppliers Group protocols. An example of this today is the Korean peninsula, where one part has nuclear weapons, but no access to civilian nuclear power, while the other has civilian nuclear but no nuclear weapons.
Guardian 3rd Jan 2018 read more »