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US Secretly Sends Ukraine's Uranium to Russia

...in an effort to destroy it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2010 6:55 AM CST

(Newser) – The US carried out a secret operation this week in which 110 pounds of highly enriched uranium—enough to make two atomic bombs—were sent from Ukraine to Russia, as part of the Obama administration’s not-at-all secret push to secure the world’s nuclear material. Russia intends to blend down the uranium and make it useless for bomb making, the AP reports.

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The US, meanwhile, will give Ukraine some replacement low-enriched uranium for use in its research reactors, along with a new $25 million “neutron source facility,” which will produce 50 types of medical isotopes using that non-weapon-grade fuel. The US nuclear administration’s chief praised Ukraine for ensuring its bomb-making material didn’t fall “into the wrong hands.” (Read more enriched uranium stories.)

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