Japan to turn over nuclear material to the US

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The plan is part of U.S. President Barack Obama

The plan is to be formally announced Monday at a Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands.

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (AP) - The United States are announcing they will destroy Japan's highly enriched uranium.

The announcement comes as President Obama attends the nuclear security summit with G-7 leaders in the Netherlands.

Japan now becomes the 13th nation to give up its highly enriched uranium stockpile since President Obama launched this nuclear security summit in 2010. They are believed to have a pretty large stockpile of that.

But the highlight today is not going to be the summit itself. It will be a sideline meeting the President has called with the G-7 nations.

This is no longer the G-8, which used to have Russia included. It goes back to the Cold War era institution that used to meet yearly basically as a check on Russia. And that's what the discussion is today.....how to be an effective check on Russia.

The President's goal is to try and get the Europeans more comfortable doing tougher economic sanctions against Russia and President Putin over there.


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