Nuclear Risks

Nuclear Power powers the Bomb

The nuclear chain makes it work

It only took one bomb on August 6, 1945, to completely flatten the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The world stood on the bring of nuclear annihilation several times in the decades that followed, out of luck or coincidence scraping by a hair’s breadth from nuclear war. The arsenals of the Cold War amounted to 65,000 nuclear warheads. Today 16,300 remain – still enough to blow up the world more than once. Several thousand of these weapons are on hair-trigger alert, ready to be launched in minutes.

What does all this have to do with the civilian use of nuclear energy? The answer is: a great deal. All of the links in the nuclear chain – whether it be uranium mining, nuclear reactors, research reactros, uranium enrichment plants – have contributed significantly to the fact that, today, many states technically have the option to develop nuclear weapons in only a short space of time. Some of them have done this – either openly, or secretly.

The so-called peaceful use of nuclear energy is responsible for the spread of the material needed to make nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapon programmes can easily be hidden behind nuclear power programmes. The civilian and military use of nuclear energy are inextricably linked. They are two sides of the same coin: Playing with the nuclear inferno.

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