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Updated: December 31, 2010 11:07 IST

U.S. helps Ukraine return two bombs’ worth of uranium

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich. File photo
AP Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich. File photo

The United States has helped Ukraine return 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 (50 kilograms) 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 The Associated Press by the National Nuclear Safety Administration.

Mr. Yanukovych agreed to give up the uranium in a deal announced at a nuclear security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in April.

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