#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – March 24 – Japan agreed to transfer a share of its highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium stockpiles to the US as part of the global effort to secure nuclear materials.
Other nations are also urged to deposit excess nuclear materials in the US.
On the eve of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, US and Japanese leaders arranged a deal on “final disposition” in the US of well over 300 kilograms of weapons grade plutonium and an unspecified quantity of Highly-Enriched-Uranium (HEU) that will be “sent to a secure facility and fully converted into less sensitive forms.”
This quantity of Plutonium is enough to produce 40-50 warheads.
The total quantity of HEU currently stocked in Japan is estimated at approximately 1.2 tons.
According to The New York Times, some 200 kilograms of HEU is currently designated for the US.
#AceWorldNews – HAGUE – March 24 – Russia is not clinging to the G8 format, as all major world problems can be discussed at other international venues such as Group of Twenty (G20), Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
“The G8 is an informal club, no one gives out membership cards and no one can expel members,” Lavrov told a media conference at the Hague. “If our Western partners believe that this format has exhausted itself, let it be. We are not clinging to it.”
He went on to say that many believe that the G8 has already fulfilled its mission as many issues are now discussed at the G20 forum.
“Generally speaking, there are also other formats for considering many questions, including the UN Security Council, the Middle East Quartet and the P5+1 on the Iranian nuclear problem,” Lavrov told journalists.
Also Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini has emphasized the importance of preserving the current G8 format. She was speaking earlier on Monday while accompanying Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).
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#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE- March 24 – Moscow is concerned about the accumulation of weapons-grade fissile materials in some countries that have no nuclear weapons and hopes the United States will play a more active role in solving this issue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the opening on the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague.
“Along with the programme to return fresh and irradiated highly-enriched uranium from Russian-design nuclear research reactors to Russia, launched in 2002, we have also been converting the cores of these reactors from using highly-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium or halting their operation altogether,” the minister said.
“Over the past 12 years, 790 kilos of fresh and 1,289 kilos of irradiated highly-enriched Uranium have been transported from 14 countries: completely from nine countries and partially from five countries,” he said.
Russia “is concerned about the unjustified accumulation of weapons-grade fissile materials in some countries that possess no nuclear weapons.
They are in no hurry to get rid of them even though the above mentioned programme provides necessary possibilities for that,” Lavrov said.
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#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE – March 24 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are holding a meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit(NSS) in The Hague.
The discussion is expected to focus on nuclear security, Syria and Ukraine.
A source in the Russian delegation told reporters earlier in the day that Lavrov was also scheduled to meet with acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchitsa at his request.
#AceWorldNews – AMSTERDAM – March 22 — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here Saturday for a state visit to the Netherlands and a global nuclear summit.
The Netherlands is the first leg of Xi’s European tour, which will also take him to France, Germany and Belgium.
He will attend the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague on March 24-25.
Xi is the first Chinese president to visit the Netherlands since the two states established diplomatic relations in 1972.
He will meet King Willem-Alexander and parliamentary leaders, and hold talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
The two sides will sign cooperation agreements on agriculture, energy, finance and culture.
Chinese News and Media Sources.