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Swedish plutonium secretly set sails to the U.S.A

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Three kilograms of plutonium recently left Sweden to an address in the United States. The high safety rated products was shipped across the Atlantic in a hitherto secret cooperation with the United States, said Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

The U.S.A dispose of plutonium under the Non-proliferation Programme’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative, has seen Bildt saying that it is "A concrete contribution" of Sweden to prevent the spread of nuclear materials. And the government in Washington has guaranteed that it is not to use it for military purposes.

Bildt writes that what was sent to the United States is "primarily about three kilograms of plutonium that has a background in the Swedish research and development in the nuclear field, especially during the 1950 and 1960's".

The plutonium was moved from the closed resort in Ågesta reactor in Huddinge. Carl Bildt  on Tuesday present Sweden's cooperation with the United States at a summit on nuclear security in the Korean Seoul.

In his speech at the ongoing summit on nuclear security in Seoul, Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt emphasised the importance of international cooperation in efforts to prevent uranium, plutonium and other radioactive material from falling into the wrong hands and being used for the production of nuclear devices or in acts of terrorism.

"Sweden whole-heartedly supports international efforts to strengthen the protection of nuclear material to prevent it being used for the proliferation of nuclear weapons or in dirty bombs that would cause extensive destruction," Mr Bildt said in his speech.

Mr Bildt spoke about the measures that Sweden has taken since the summit in Washington in 2010, and highlighted national efforts to strengthen security regarding nuclear material and nuclear facilities.
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