One Deliverable Nuke-Summit Achievement: Ukraine Will Get Rid of Its Uranium
Take that, Washington Post poll! Ukraine has ponied up to the Nuclear Security Summit with a significant national contribution, as per a White House release:
Today, at the Nuclear Security Summit, Ukraine demonstrated its leadership, announcing a landmark decision to get rid of all of its stocks of highly enriched uranium by the time of the next Nuclear Security Summit in 2012, while the United States will provide necessary technical and financial assistance. Ukraine intends to remove a substantial part of those stocks this year. Ukraine will convert its civil nuclear research facilities to operate with low enriched uranium fuel, which cannot be used for nuclear weapons, which is becoming the global standard in the 21st century.
Ukraine is a really important country for nuclear proliferation purposes. Home to Chernobyl, the world’s foremost symbol of nuclear insecurity, it’s one of the countries that the Nunn-Lugar nuclear security program targeted for finance and technical assistance on safeguarding its Soviet-legacy nuclear materials.