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It is impossible to ban countries from developing nuclear energy either for legal, moral or ethical reasons
It is impossible to ban countries from developing nuclear energy either for legal, moral or ethical reasons, the head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom), Sergei Kiriyenko, told the World Nuclear Association Symposium on Thursday. It is also necessary to ensure non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, he said. “An urgent and tactical step will be the creation of a system where countries developing nuclear power will get guaranteed supplies of low-enriched uranium in exchange for the pledge not to develop dual-purpose technologies. This is Russia’s concept of creating an international uranium enrichment center,” he said. “This system is aimed at ensuring guaranteed supplies of low-enriched uranium in necessary volumes to any country of the world,” he said. “Russia is ready to create necessary conditions for launching an international uranium enrichment center by the end of the year,” Kiriyenko said. Rosatom will send its commission to Angarsk, the Irkutsk region, by late September to resolve issues related to the creation of what will become the first-ever international uranium enrichment center, a Rosatom official told Itar-Tass. “The Russian and the U.S. presidents reached an agreement on creating international uranium enrichment and nuclear technologies centers at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg,” the official said. The first international uranium enrichment center will be created on the basis of the Angarsk electrolysis chemical plant in the Irkutsk region. “Our priority is to develop the project’s major parameters and plan for actions to put this center under control of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” the plant’s director-general, Viktor Shopen, said. “Our plant has been chosen for several reasons. First, there are no defence industries in Angarsk. Second, the plant has been enriching uranium for 50 years and has qualified personnel. Third, the plant has vacant capacities,” he said.
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