US, Kazakhstan Secure Weapons-Grade Plutonium From Soviet-era Reactor

"Enough plutonium and uranium to make 775 nuclear weapons has been removed from the BN-350 fast reactor in Kazakhstan, built to breed plutonium for the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons program, and placed in a secure storage facility to keep terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The United States and Kazakhstan worked together to achieve the transfer, which was announced today by U.S. and Kazakh officials at the storage facility in Eastern Kazakhstan."

Environment News Service had the story November 18, 2010.


"Republicans Threaten to Block Nuclear Treaty with Russia" (ENS)

"Obama Enlists Big Names To Push for Nuclear Treaty" (AP)

"US-Russian 'Reset' In Trouble As Nuke Pact Stalls" (NPR)

Source: ENS, 11/19/2010