Rosatom fulfils plutonium utilization roadmap with U.S. ahead of schedule
Rosatom State Corporation fulfilled its roadmap commitments for plutonium utilization project with the United States ahead of schedule, official spokesman of the corporation told TASS.
"Rosatom State Corporation fulfilled the roadmap of commitments under the project ahead of schedule. We launched a facility to produce mixed uranium-plutonium fuel. During processing plutonium will lose its weapons-grade capacity which means it would be impossible to reprocess it back for defense program," he said.
Rosatom also launched the fourth unit of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant with BN-800 reactor which can operate on uranium-plutonium fuel.
"Thus, all the necessary industrial infrastructure has been created and so far operates with civilian materials but if necessary it can switch to the fulfilment of international Russian commitments under the agreement which is currently suspended," the spokesperson said adding the essence of the agreement is "in parity and trust between the parties".
"Russia and the United States have to fulfil it simultaneously. Now as the U.S. administration is engaged in unfriendly policy towards Russia, questions arise why the Americans decided at this time to revise approaches to the implementation of the key provision of the agreement which calls to guarantee that utilized plutonium cannot regain weapons grade. We have to suspend the agreement until the U.S. side begins to fully comply with its commitments," Rosatom said.
Russia remains adherent to its commitments to utilize 34 tons of plutonium which are excessive for defense needs.
"It is important to note that Russia adheres to its commitment to utilize 34 tons of plutonium which are excessive for defense needs. These are no empty words," the corporation said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin resolved on Oct. 3 to suspend the agreement with the United States on plutonium utilization because of unfriendly actions of Washington towards Russia.