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USA Will Provide Technology to Ukraine in Exchange for Uranium Removal

September 23, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, September 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

The United States of America are ready to provide Ukrainian research
institutions with new technology in exchange for removal of highly enriched
uranium from the country, stated the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych
on September 22 after meeting President of the United States Barack Obama in
New York City.

To compensate Ukraine’s loss of highly enriched uranium, the United
States have offered Ukraine new technology which would enable its scientists
to conduct studies on low-enriched uranium. “Currently, the U.S. is ready to
launch production of the respective equipment for Ukraine and gradually
deliver it to our research centers. All the necessary documentation will be
signed, which will provide guarantees to the both parties of the agreement,”
stated Ukrainian president at the 66th plenary session of the UN General

The Ukrainian President highlighted that Ukraine is consistent in its
efforts toward nuclear disarmament and supports complete liquidation of
nuclear arms around the world. He also urged the leaders of other countries
to follow Ukraine’s example and promote disarmament and proliferation by
actual deeds.

In June 2011, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov declared that
Ukraine has largely implemented its commitment of removing highly enriched
uranium from its territory. The country’s decision to remove the nuclear
substance was a great input into nuclear security of the world, stated
Azarov at the meeting with Yukia Amano, Director General of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna. In 2010 alone Ukraine
removed 106 kilograms (approx. 234 pounds) of enriched uranium, as reported
by Korrespondent.net.

The decision to get rid of highly enriched uranium was first stated by
President Yanukovych in April 2010 during the Washington Summit on nuclear
safety, initiated by the U.S. President Barack Obama. In the meantime it’s
been noted that Ukraine would convert its nuclear reactors for the use of
low-enriched uranium. The country is set to remove the rest of the
high-enriched radioactive material before the upcoming Seoul summit.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine

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