US helps Ukraine send enriched uranium to Russia

Ukrainian Prez has vowed to get rid of highly enriched uranium by April 2012.

Updated: Dec 31, 2010, 13:26 PM IST

Washington: The United States has helped Ukraine send to Russia enough uranium to build two atomic bombs in a secret operation aimed at securing nuclear material.

The removal of more than 110 pounds of highly enriched uranium this week followed a pledge by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to get rid of all of his country`s highly enriched uranium by April 2012. The material will be blended down in Russia, rendering it useless for bomb making.

Details of the operation were provided to a news agency by the National Nuclear Safety Administration.
Yanukovych agreed to give up the uranium in a deal announced at a nuclear security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in April.

Bureau Report