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RT: Putin signs decree suspending Russia-US deal on plutonium disposal over hostile US actions
Russia has suspended a post-Cold War deal with the US on disposal of plutonium from decommissioned nuclear warheads. The decision was explained by “the hostile actions of the US” against Russia and Washington's failure to observe the terms of the deal.
A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin cites “the radical change in the environment, a threat to strategic stability posed by the hostile actions of the US against Russia, and the inability of the US to deliver on the obligation to dispose of excessive weapons plutonium under international treaties, as well as the need to take swift action to defend Russian security” as justification for suspending the deal.
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WNU Editor: Apparently the agreement was to "burn" 34 metric tons of plutonium (enough to make 17,000 nuclear weapons). Its suspension now kills any hope of a joint goal when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation.
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