Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:39 AM
bigtree (63,482 posts)
Ukraine Completely Removes Highly Enriched Uranium -- Five Nations Helped Clear Out Under Obama
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KYIV, Ukraine, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Today Ukraine has fulfilled its obligations and removed its entire stock of highly-enriched uranium (HEU), reported press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Such transfer became possible through the support of the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency, acknowledged the Ukrainian government.
On March 22 Ukraine moved the last batch of highly enriched nuclear materials to Russia finalizing its commitment to get rid of HEU before the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit (March 25-26, 2012). "Such move has once again confirmed Ukraine's long-term commitment to nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation," reported Ukraine's foreign ministry.
In return Ukraine received an equivalent amount of low enriched uranium, special equipment and technology from the U.S. According to the bilateral agreement, the United States also started construction of the neutron source using the most up-to-date technology at the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology.
The above-mentioned agreement was signed by the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko on September 26, 2011, in New York. The agreement stipulated that the U.S. would assist in securing Ukraine's vulnerable nuclear materials as well as modernizing Ukrainian civil nuclear research facilities as the country gets rid of its stock of HEU by March 2012. When obligations are fulfilled, Ukrainian civil research facilities will operate on safer low-enriched uranium. The U.S. also provided USD 60 million of financial assistance.
Ukraine first announced its decision to get rid of HEU in April 2010 when the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych participated in the Washington Summit on nuclear safety, initiated by the President of the USA Barack Obama.
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WASHINGTON • The U.S. has helped five nations completely clear out their stocks of highly enriched uranium since President Barack Obama outlined his plans for securing all weapons-usable materials worldwide, officials say, citing it as progress in the administration’s efforts to prevent nuclear weapons from getting in terrorists’ hands.
Anne Harrington, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nonproliferation chief, said that since Obama’s April 2009 speech in Prague announcing his plans, the U.S. has helped remove enough material from about a dozen countries to make almost 30 warheads. She added that several global leaders are expected to use a nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, which starts Sunday, to announce similar advances.
Over the past three years, officials say, the U.S. has helped Romania, Libya, Turkey, Chile and Serbia completely clear out their stockpiles of weapons-usable uranium. They join 13 other nations that did so previously — Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, the Philippines, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Thailand.
An Arms Control Association study found overall that global leaders kept about 80 percent of 67 commitments, made at a 2010 nuclear security summit in Washington, to reduce or better secure their stocks of nuclear materials. But the study cautioned that "the nuclear material security challenge will not be solved even after all the national commitments made ... are completed."
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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:51 AM
zipplewrath (10,581 posts)
1. Obama doesn't get enough credit for this
We hear that alot, but in this case I think it's hard to argue. He started when he was in the Senate on efforts to reduce stockpiles around the world. He has in no way acted alone on this, but he has been involved over the years and really there's been a tremendous amount of progress in this area. All suggestions are that we will actually get rid of more warheads if he gets a second term. At the very least, there has been efforts around the world for years on this subject and having him be open to these efforts has allowed alot of progress. In 100 years THIS may be what Obama is actually best known for. (Well, okay, after the first AA and all that).