US to supply technology to Ukraine in return for HEU removal

26 September 2011

The USA has offered Ukraine new technology to enable its scientists to conduct studies on low-enriched uranium in exchange for removal of high-enriched uranium (HEU).

"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 Viktor Yanukovych at the 66th plenary session of the UN General Assembly.

Yanukovych said that Ukraine is consistent in its efforts toward nuclear disarmament and supports complete liquidation of nuclear arms around the world.

The decision to get rid of highly enriched uranium was first stated by Yanukovych in April 2010 during the Washington Summit on nuclear safety, initiated by the U.S. President Barack Obama. In the meantime Ukraine said it would convert its nuclear reactors for the use of low-enriched uranium. In 2010 Ukraine removed 106 kilograms (approx. 234 pounds) of enriched uranium.

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