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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vietnam Returns 4 Kilograms of Highly Enriched Uranium

Nearly 4 kilograms of highly enriched uranium has been returned to Russia from Vietnam under a Russian-U.S. program to secure nuclear materials that could be used to make weapons, the Federal Atomic Energy Agency said Monday.

The transfer of 3.9 kilograms of uranium from a research reactor in the Vietnamese city of Dalat was completed Saturday, the agency said. It was conducted with help from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog.

The transfer took place under a Russian-U.S. program under which Russian-produced, highly enriched fuel located in formerly Soviet-allied countries is sent back to be blended down to a concentration that no longer would be suitable for making a weapon.

More than 500 kilograms of highly enriched uranium has been returned under the program since 2002, the Federal Atomic Energy Agency said. Previous shipments have come from countries including Libya, Serbia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

The fuel from Vietnam will be converted into low-enriched nuclear material, the agency said. It said low-enriched nuclear fuel produced at a Siberian plant was delivered to the research reactor in Dalat.