- - Monday, October 3, 2016

In a deal struck in 2000, the U.S. and Russia agreed to destroy excess plutonium that was destined to be used in nuclear weapons. The agreement was reconfirmed in 2010. Russian President Vladimir Putin just signed a decree suspending the deal due to “a threat to strategic stability, as a result of unfriendly actions. Russia has to take “urgent security measures.”

In other words, Russia is suspending its participation in a key nuclear weapons reduction program. Each side was supposed to destroy 34 tons of plutonium, enough to build 17,000 nuclear bombs.

“We fulfilled out duties, we built that enterprise. But our American partners did not,” Mr. Putin said, reports the BBC.

The Kremlin accused the U.S. of betraying the deal by using a method of destruction that could allow the plutonium to be recycled into new weapons. The U.S. denied the method was not allowed under the agreement.



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