KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The U.S. will provide aid 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 highly enriched uranium by March 2012. The respective
document 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.
According to the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding, the U.S.
commits to modernize the Ukrainian civil research facilities so that
they could operate on safer low-enriched uranium. The U.S. will also
provide USD 60 million to Ukraine for the removal of highly enriched
uranium from its territory. "This deal is a win-win for both countries
and both peoples. It provides tangible benefits for the people of
Ukraine, and it makes the world safer for all people," commented
Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State.
Hillary Clinton mentioned that the U.S. is already building a
state-of-the-art neutron source facility in Ukraine. The center will
provide scientists with tools to expand their nuclear research and
produce more than 50 different medical isotopes for the purposes of
treating cancer and other diseases. The USA is committed to complete
the construction by 2014.
Discussing the issue of nuclear research, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko noted: "We are working
together to relieve Ukraine of the burden of having highly enriched
uranium in the time when low enriched uranium is really an answer to
many of the issues."
The Memorandum of Understanding is a long-awaited deal, with Ukraine
first announcing its decision to get rid of highly enriched uranium in
April 2010. At the time the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych
participated in the Washington Summit on nuclear safety, initiated by
the President of the USA Barack Obama.
After the dissolution of the USSR Ukraine decided to rid of its nuclear
heritage. In December 1994 Ukraine has joined the Treaty on the
Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and proclaimed its non-nuclear
status. The last nuclear warhead was shipped from Ukraine to Russia in
1996 but a significant amount of highly enriched uranium remained in
storage at national research institutions.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine
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