Russian Plutonium Production

NPR's Mike Shuster reports that Russia's government has agreed in principle to stop producing plutonium from the waste generated by its civilian nuclear power plants. In exchange, the United States would provide Russia with $100 million in financial aid. The aid money would be spent on a new storage facility to house spent nuclear fuel and on research into new types of reactors and nuclear fuels from which bomb-grade plutonium would be more difficult to extract. However, Russia would first have to agree to stop helping Iran build nuclear power reactors.



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