KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - 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 Assembly.
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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