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US, Japan in historic plutonium return deal

Japan pledged Monday to return hundreds of kilos of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium given to Tokyo for research during the Cold War era, in the first major deal announced at a summit on nuclear security. "By removing this nuclear material, we can prevent the risk of nuclear terrorism," Japan's special nuclear advisor, Yosuke Isozaki, said on the sidelines of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague.

Japan to return uranium, plutonium in Tokaimura to U.S.

Japan agreed with the United States on Monday to return hundreds of kilograms of uranium and plutonium provided for research during the Cold War era, as part of efforts to reduce global stockpiles of nuclear materials. The materials include highly-enriched uranium and separated plutonium held at the Fast Critical Assembly, a research facility of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo.

Japan to return uranium, plutonium in Tokaimura to U.S.

Japan agreed with the United States on Monday to return hundreds of kilograms of uranium and plutonium provided for research during the Cold War era, as part of efforts to reduce global stockpiles of nuclear materials. The materials include highly-enriched uranium and separated plutonium held at the Fast Critical Assembly, a research facility of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo.

Excess nuclear materials removed from Belgium, Italy

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Italy and Belgium said on Monday they had moved excess nuclear materials to the United States for disposal or downgrading under the terms of past agreements, at the start of a nuclear summit in the Netherlands. Italy said about 20kg of highly enriched uranium and separated plutonium had been moved from its territory. Belgium said a "significant amount" of the same materials had also gone. Both statements were countersigned by the United States.

Obama's nuclear summit meets in shadow of Ukraine crisis

US President Barack Obama gathers world leaders in The Hague on Monday to seek ways of preventing a terrorist nuclear attack, at a key summit that risks being overshadowed by the explosive Ukraine crisis. Over 50 leaders are to attend the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) at the behest of Obama, who has called a simultaneous meeting of the Group of Seven top economies to discuss further sanctions against Russia.

Obama's nuclear summit meets in shadow of Ukraine crisis

US President Barack Obama gathers world leaders in The Hague on Monday to seek ways of preventing a terrorist nuclear attack, at a key summit that risks being overshadowed by the explosive Ukraine crisis. Over 50 leaders are to attend the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) at the behest of Obama, who has called a simultaneous meeting of the Group of Seven top economies to discuss further sanctions against Russia.

Obama's nuclear summit meets in shadow of Ukraine crisis

US President Barack Obama gathers world leaders in The Hague on Monday to seek ways of preventing a terrorist nuclear attack, at a key summit that risks being overshadowed by the explosive Ukraine crisis. Over 50 leaders are to attend the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) at the behest of Obama, who has called a simultaneous meeting of the Group of Seven top economies to discuss further sanctions against Russia.

Safety commission approves restart of Wolseong nuclear reactor

SEJONG, March 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's nuclear safety commission on Friday approved restarting a nuclear reactor that was shut down last week due to what has been determined as a technical problem in one of its control cards. "The investigation confirmed a control card that regulates the level of output of the reactor had been damaged, triggering the safety shutdown system that halted the reactor's operation," the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said in a press release.

Saskatchewan village reaps benefits from deal with uranium companies

VILLAGE OF PINEHOUSE, Sask. - It's been just over a year since a small village in northern Saskatchewan signed a major deal with two uranium mining companies and the mayor says the community is already seeing dividends. Cameco and Areva signed a $200 million collaboration agreement with Pinehouse and Kineepik Métis Local in late 2012.

Iran sticking to nuclear freeze: UN watchdog

Iran is still sticking to a partial nuclear freeze agreed in a November interim deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog said in a new monthly update seen by AFP on Thursday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that two months into the six-month halt, Iran was still not enriching uranium to medium fissile purities, as agreed in November. It was also continuing to dilute and convert its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium and had not made any advances at its Fordo and Natanz enrichment plants or at the Arak nuclear reactor, the IAEA said.
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