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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uranium Accord Tops Gore Agenda

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin will try to resolve a troubled $12 billion weapons-grade uranium deal when they meet in Moscow next week, the State Department said.

Spokesman Nicholas Burns said the deal will be "high on the agenda" when the two officials resume talks under the aegis of the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission, a critical channel the two governments established for handling space, nuclear and other issues.

"We are always hopeful for progress, and particularly on this one, because a lot is at stake," Burns told a news briefing Wednesday. But he declined to predict any breakthroughs.

Three years ago, Russia agreed to provide the United States with 500 tons of highly enriched uranium from scrapped Russian nuclear weapons.

The uranium was to be diluted to make fuel for U.S. nuclear power plants and electricity for consumers, and the Russians were to be paid $12 billion.

But the deal has been unraveling because of administrative missteps, disagreements over the Uranium's pricing.