Demand for nuclear power as part of the fight to combat climate change could be creating a smokescreen for nuclear weapon development, according to US President Barack Obama’s special representative for nuclear non-proliferation Susan Burk.

In a report by news service AFP Burk said the ‘nuclear renaissance’ taking place left the door open for nuclear proliferation, making it more difficult to trace nuclear offenders.

One of the focal points of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is for nonviolent use of atomic power, which entitles nations to use nuclear energy in exchange for disarmament.

Burke said Obama is considering the option of a global fuel bank that gives nations nuclear power access without the need to create their own fuel production capabilities to help drive non-proliferation efforts.