Second quarter of 2000
Government "Concerned" about the US-Russian MOX Plan
From UK Parliament
Question and Answer Session
Tuesday, 20 June 2000
Mr. Llew Smith
Does the Minister agree that while welcoming any Russian initiatives
to bring about nuclear disarmament, we do not support Russia's plans
to re-use plutonium taken from warheads to make so-called MOX nuclear
fuel? Does the Minister agree that that would be both dangerous and
of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Mr. Peter Hain):
Yes, indeed. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend's long and close expert
interest in this matter. We remain very concerned about the use to which
nuclear material is put in Russia, because a huge amount of it is available.
It is important to world peace that the use of such material is properly
monitored and regulated.