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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uranium Sent to U.S.

MOSCOW -- Russia has exported recycled uranium worth $2 billion to the United States since the two countries signed a deal in 1993 to reduce Russia's nuclear arsenal, a news report said Monday.

The 20-year contract, worth about $11 billion, calls for Russia to export 500 metric tons of recycled uranium from scrapped weapons to the United States. So far, about 80 tons have been sent, according to Itar-Tass.

The deal was a cornerstone of American attempts to get Russia to dispose of nuclear weapons material and preventing it from falling into the hands of terrorists or other groups seeking nuclear weapons.